WRHS FOOTBALL: Panthers rain on Hornets' parade

By Dannie Oliveaux

The Courier-Herald

It didn’t take long for Bonney Lake High to grab a commanding lead Thursday night as the Panthers cruised to a 41-21 South Puget Sound League 3A win over White River at Sunset Chev Stadium.

Rain fell during all the first and part of the second quarter but couldn’t slow down the Panthers, who jumped out to a 21-0 lead with less than nine minutes remaining in the first half.

On the Panthers’ second series, quarterback Cole Schuler marched the offense down the field with his passing. He hit Colton Nash for a 27 yard gain, then six plays later found Austin Marshall for a 26-yard completion inside the Hornet 5-yard line.

Schuler then found Nash for a short touchdown and Cody Cade’s kick gave the Panthers a 7-0 margin.

Forty-six seconds later, Nash intercepted a Marc Anderson pass and raced 42 yards for the Panthers’ second TD.

In the second quarter, Tyler Babukas, filling in for running back Aaron Quevedo, broke loose on an 80-yard touchdown run for a 21-0 lead.

White River answered with Anderson finding Michael Madden for a 72-yard TD pass to cut the lead to 21-7.

On the Panthers’ next series, Schuler found Austin Marshall splitting the Hornet secondary for a 51-yard TD.

The Hornets cut the Bonney Lake margin to 28-14 on Blake Tidwell’s 1-yard run with 1:35 in the first half.

Marshall caught his second TD pass in the third quarter – a 4-yard pass from Schuler. Babukas scored on a 25-yard run in the fourth for a 41-14 lead with 4:02 remaining to play.

Babukas finished the game with 175 yards on nine carries.

“He (Tyler) really stepped up big time,” Bonney Lake head coach Chad Barrett said. “We all knew he has that capability. We’re lucky to have two really good backs.”

Anderson found Hunter Chadwick for a 32-yard TD as the Hornets scored with less a minute to go.

Schuler connected on 17 of 30 passes for 203 yards. Marshall caught six balls for 90 yards and Nash had six for 55 for Bonney Lake.

“Austin made the big catches, Cole made the good throws and the big thing is that our line protected,” Barrett said.

The Panthers held White River to 83 yards rushing.

According to statistics kept by White River, Anderson established school records with 26 completions and 347 passing yards, while Madden set new marks with 15 receptions totaling 214 yards.

The Panthers improve to 4-1 overall and 3-1 in SPSL 3A, while White River fell to 3-2 overall and 2-2 in the league standings.

Bonney Lake will host Peninsula Friday, while the Hornets host Clover Park in their Homecoming contest.

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