Friday night brought nightmarish results for the Enumclaw and White River football teams, which lost games by a combined 75 points.
The Enumclaw squad knew it would be in for a tough time, going up against the powerful Peninsula Seahawks in a South Puget Sound League 3A contest. Peninsula, gunning for a league title, dominated from the beginning en route to a 51-0 victory.
Playing on their home turf in Purdy, the Seahawks jumped on top with 16 points in the first quarter, then blew things open with a four-touchdown explosion in the second period. Things were ratcheted down from that point, with only a single TD scored during the second half.
The loss – Enumclaw’s fifth in a row – dropped EHS to 0-4 in SPSL 3A play and 2-6 overall. The Hornets wrap up the regular season Friday night with a home game against Decatur High. The Gators, like Enumclaw, are 2-6 on the season.
It was a different story for White River, which fought for three quarters before falling 38-14 at Steila-coom.
The Hornets posted a pair of second-quarter touchdowns to grab a 14-12 lead heading into halftime. Scores came first on a TD pass from Zach McMillen to Hunter Hendricks, followed by a short McMillen run. Dustin France tacked on the extra-point kicks.
The second half brought misery for the White River crew, as the Sentinels used a series of big plays to coast to the SPSL 2A win. Steilacoom opened with a long kickoff return for a TD, then scored on running plays from 33, 42 and 70 yards.
Things only get tougher for White River, which concludes the regular season Friday night by hosting Sumner High. The Spartans currently sit at 5-1 in league play and can secure a championship with a victory.
White River is 3-5 overall and 2-4 in SPSL 2A play.