WRHS FOOTBALL: White River win would create playoff buzz

White River wraps up South Puget Sound League 3A play Friday in traditional fashion, taking on Enumclaw.

Game time is 7 p.m. on the natural grass of Enumclaw’s Pete’s Pool stadium.

There’s plenty riding on the contest, aside from pride.

Heading into the final week of league play, the top two spots appear assured. The 7-0 Lakes Lancers will look for an undefeated season against 1-6 Clover Park, while second place, 6-1 Peninsula finishes against the 1-6 Franklin Pierce.

But then it gets interesting, as three clubs could claim third-place honors. Currently, Enumclaw sits at 5-2, while both White River and Bonney Lake are at 4-3. A White River victory Friday, combined with a Bonney Lake win against Sumner, would leave all three at 5-3.

In earlier head-to-head competition, Enumclaw beat Bonney Lake and Bonney Lake defeated White River.

White River will be looking to snap a two-game losing skid, falling most recently last week 28-7 to Foss in a nonleague battle.

Statistically, the clubs were nearly even but Foss proved the more advantageous bunch. White River finished with 190 yards of total offense, rushing for 68 and passing for 122. Foss totaled 189 yards, netting 62 on the ground and 127 through the air.

The Hornets grabbed their only lead of the night early in the first quarter when Blake Tidwell scored on a seven-yard run, then scored on a two-point conversion.

Foss added a second-quarter touchdown pass and extra-point kick, allowing the visiting Hornets to take an 8-7 lead into halftime.

The third period was disastrous for the Hornets, as the Tacoma crew scored three TDs to put the game on ice. A touchdown run and a TD pass were sandwiched around a 20-yard return of a Marc Anderson pass.

Statistical leaders for the Hornets were Barry Bonville, who carried 22 times for 77 yards, and Ethan Bickel, who caught five passes.

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