Enumclaw takes out Decatur in final minutes

A thrilling 35-32, Friday night victory over the Decatur Gators improved Enumclaw High's record to 1-1 in NPSL 4A Olympic Division play, 2-2 overall.

A thrilling 35-32, Friday night victory over the Decatur Gators improved Enumclaw High’s record to 1-1 in NPSL 4A Olympic Division play, 2-2 overall.

The victory came over a winless Gator team and things look to get noticeably tougher this week. Friday’s contest is against an Auburn high squad that sits 2-0 in division play and 4-0 overall. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Auburn Memorial Stadium.

Auburn High has put 163 points on the scoreboard in four games while allowing 60. The Trojans’ most recent victim was Thomas Jefferson High; last week’s game produced a 45-21 Trojan victory.

Against Decatur, Jacob Revell tossed a pair of scoring strikes to receiver Kaden Anderson and Taylor Beaird produced three rushing touchdowns.

A key play was turned in by the defense when, late in the game, Josh Heer recovered a fumble to secure the Hornet victory.

White River

White River might have scored early and late Friday night, but the Franklin Pierce Cardinals put 30 unanswered points on the board between the Hornet touchdowns and rolled to a 37-12 victory.

The contest, played on White River turf, dropped the Buckley squad to 1-2 in SPSL 2A Mountain Division play and 1-3 overall.

White River will be looking for division victory No. 2 Friday night when the Hornets hit the road to battle the Washington Patriots. The game, set for 7 p.m. in the Franklin Pierce stadium, pairs White River against a team that is 2-1 in division play and 3-1 overall.

Last week’s loss to Franklin Pierce was close during the early going. Cardinal quarterback Willie Patterson opened the contest with a 43-yard touchdown run, but White River added a TD of its own in the second quarter. Luke Northam, the Hornets’ top offensive threat, scored on a 9-yard run. The Cards’ halftime advantage moved to 14-6 when Patterson connected with Mason Starline on a 33-yard toss.

Franklin Pierce pushed its advantage to 21-6 with a third-quarter touchdown, then broke things open with a safety and two more TD passes by Patterson. White River’s second scoring play of the night came on a 13-yard pass from Northam or Michael Pedreira.

The Hornets again emphasized the ground game, rushing for 207 of the team’s 259 yards of total offense.

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