Friday night football: EHS bounces back with victory over Beamer, White River falls to Fife

The WRHS Hornets’ defense was broken during overtime.

Fulton Gunderson has handled Enumclaw’s kicking duties for two seasons, this time during a game on Oct. 4 against Kennedy Catholic, which the Hornets lost 42-13. Photo by Kevin Hanson

Fulton Gunderson has handled Enumclaw’s kicking duties for two seasons, this time during a game on Oct. 4 against Kennedy Catholic, which the Hornets lost 42-13. Photo by Kevin Hanson

Friday night football saw the Enumclaw High squad rebound from a pair of lopsided losses and register a league victory over Todd Beamer. Meanwhile, White River battled to a 48-minute draw before falling in overtime to Fife.

This week’s schedule has Enumclaw polishing off its regular season with a home game against the Tahoma Bears. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at the Enumclaw Expo Center. Also at 7, White River will be wrapping up the regular season by hitting the road to challenge the Foster Bulldogs.

Heading into this week’s contests Enumclaw sits at 2-2 in North Puget Sound League 4A play and is 5-2 overall. EHS opened with a perfect 4-0 mark and suffered two league losses before knocking off Todd Beamer (0-3, 3-3).

White River is 1-2 in South Puget Sound League 2A action and 2-5 overall.

White River’s 9-3 loss to Fife was largely a defensive battle where both teams were able to mount long drives only to be stopped shy of the end zone.

For three quarters the teams battled to a scoreless tie. The deadlock was broken when Fife hit the scoreboard with a 25-yard field goal. The Hornets responded by marching down the field and knotting the score thanks to a 32-yard field goal by Ryan Firle.

With an unforgiving overtime formal that doesn’t allow for mistakes, White River fumbled the ball and was unable to put points on the board. Fife was given the ball, found the end zone and walked off a winner.

In the defensive slugfest, several Hornets were singled out for their efforts. Among those were Jay Selander, Caden Roehr, Jared Rodarte, Hunter Smith and Derrick Sonognini.

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