White River earns first victory under Zenisek
The White River Hornets not only won their first game of the season Friday night, but they did it in grand fashion.
The Hornets put a 28-0 whipping on the Foster Bulldogs, a team that started the season 2-0, scoring 92 points in the process. By way of contrast, White River had put a combined 21 points on the scoreboard during a two-game slide to start the season.
But things went White River’s way Friday night at Foster, giving Jeff Zenisek his first win as the Hornets’ head coach.
Spartans continue to roll, beat Curtis 42-0
The Sumner Spartans continue to impress as one of the top-ranked Class 4A teams in the state of Washington.
Playing on their home turf of Sunset Chev Stadium Friday night, the Spartans spanked the Curtis Vikings 42-0 to improve to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in South Puget Sound League 4A play.
Sumner senior Connor Wedington, already a familiar name in state prep circles, added to his impressive list of credentials during his team’s rout of Curtis. The University of Washington recruit rushed for five touchdowns and surpassed 270 yards on the ground, averaging more than 18 yards per carry. His touchdowns Friday came on jaunts of 41, 77, 66, 10 and 15 yards.
Tre Weed added Sumner’s other TD and Nick Phillips converted all six extra-point kicks to round out the Spartan scoring.
The Spartans wasted little time against Curtis, scoring a pair of first-quarter touchdowns and pushing to advantage to 21-0 by halftime. The rout really commenced with 14 points in the third period.
During their three victories, the Spartans have outscored their opponents 139-29.
Enumclaw leads at half, but falls 31-28 to Todd Beamer
Enumclaw High scored first and took an impressive 21-3 lead into the locker room Friday night, but the second half of play brought a much different story.
Flipping their offensive switch and scoring 28 points in the final two quarters, the Todd Beamer Titans escaped the Enumclaw Expo Center with a 31-28 victory over the Hornets.
Enumclaw played its best football of the season during the game’s early stretches. Taylor Beard drew first blood with a 20-yard touchdown run and, moments later, Josh Ennis hauled in an 8-yard TD pass from senior quarterback Jacob Revell. Cameron Terrell added the extra-point kicks and EHS had a 14-0 lead over its highly-regarded NPSL 4A Olympic Division foe.
The Titans put three points on the board with a Dylan Alley field goal, but Enumclaw answered with a long drive on its next possession. The effort was capped when Revell found Kaden Anderson in the right corner of the end zone for the Hornets’ third TD of the night.
Beamer coach Aaron McKay must have delivered a halftime speech for the ages, because his Titans returned to the field with a vengeance. The rally started when Colin McKay returned a punt for a touchdown and continued when Kuma Scanlan bulled his way into the end zone.
Still, Enumclaw held a 21-17 lead as the third quarter came to a close.
That changed when the Titans forced a quick punt, took possession and marched 65 yards for the go-ahead touchdown.
That’s when Enumclaw sprang to life, thanks primarily to some timely aerials delivered by Revell. In going 80 yards and grabbing a 28-24 lead, the Hornet quarterback connected on five of six passes, the scoring toss coming from 12 yards out, again to Anderson.
Unlike the home Hornets, the Titans stuck with a ground game, using a 13-play drive to find the end zone and nearly run out the clock. Each play on the winning drive was a rushing attempt, culminating when Scanlan bulled his way across the goal line with just 70 seconds to play.
Suffering the loss in its first league game, Enumclaw dropped to 1-2 overall. Todd Beamer improved to 2-1 on the season.
Panthers improve to 2-1 with 19-18 victory at Mount Tahoma
By the slimmest of margins Friday night, the Bonney Lake Panthers pulled out a victory and improved to 2-1 on the young football season.
Competing on the road, the Panthers managed a 19-18 triumph at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.
After opening the season with a 26-point loss to powerful district rival Sumner High, Bonney Lake has fashioned a pair of hard-fought wins. A 36-33 decision against Timberline came a week ago and set the stage for Friday’s squeaker.