White River quarterback TJ Strochein looks for a receiver during Friday’s victory while Jack Ervien looks to provide some protection. KEVIN HANSON PHOTO

White River quarterback TJ Strochein looks for a receiver during Friday’s victory while Jack Ervien looks to provide some protection. KEVIN HANSON PHOTO

Prep football roundup: Enumclaw improves to 3-0, others sit at 2-1

The Sumner Spartans fell to their Puyallup opponents 37-7.

Three of the area’s four prep football teams picked up victories Friday night and, after three weeks of action, all sport winning records. Enumclaw High leads the way at 3-0, while Sumner, White River and Bonney Lake sit at 2-1.

Here’s a rundown from last weekend.


The Hornets managed a lone touchdown, an extra-point kick and a field goal against visiting Washington High. But that was plenty, as the White River defense pitched a shutout against the Patriots.

In a game delayed due to nearby lightning strikes, the Hornets prevailed 10-6.

The team improved to 2-0 in South Puget Sound League 2A Mountain Division play.

The Hornets will be looking for another Mountain win this Friday when they travel to Renton Memorial Stadium and take on the Lindbergh Eagles.

Against Washington, the Hornet touchdown came on a 36-yard pass from TJ Stroschein to Riley Thompson. Chris Dominguez converted the extra-point kick and later added a 40-yard field goal.

The Hornet defense limited the Patriots to 121 rushing yards and kept their quarterback off balance all night. White River’s Brandon Howard intercepted two Patriot passes, with the second coming on fourth down during Washington’s final possession of the game, effectively sealing the win.

For White River, Stroschein completed six of 13 passes for 74 yards while Jack Ervien had seven carries for 68 yards.


Enumclaw High coasted through a Saturday night contest at Federal Way Memorial Field, crushing the Decatur Gators 56-9.

The game marked another offensive explosion for the Hornets, who have now scored 146 points. The early part of the season also included a 41-21 victory over White River and a 49-0 whitewash of Auburn Mountainview.

Things didn’t start particularly well for the Hornets, who fumbled on the game’s first play, lost possession and saw Decatur turn the miscue into a short TD drive. But it was all EHS from that point.

It was a highlight-reel game for Bryson Engebretsen, who had a school-record 97-yard interception return for a touchdown. To close out the first half, he went 70 yards with a TD reception.

Things look to get tougher this week, with Enumclaw squaring off against an Auburn Riverside team that also sports a 3-0 record. Game time is 7 p.m. at the Enumclaw Expo Center.


The Panthers used a 51-26 shellacking of the Stadium Tigers to win their Pierce County League opener.

Bonney Lake will be looking to remain at the top of the PCL standings this week when they hit the road to challenge the Lincoln Abes. Both teams sit at 1-0 in league play and 2-1 overall.

The contest will be staged at historic Lincoln Bowl in Tacoma with kickoff set for 7 p.m.

Last week, Bonney Lake wasted little time, leading 13-6 after one quarter of play and 27-12 at intermission.


A highly-anticipated showdown between Sumner and Puyallup, both 2-0 heading into Friday night’s game, proved less than exciting for the Spartan faithful.

At Sparks Stadium in downtown Puyallup, the host Vikings rolled to a 37-7 victory to share the SPSL 4A lead with Graham-Kapowsin and Curtis. Sumner is 2-1 in league and overall play.

The Spartans fell behind 14-0 by the end of the first quarter and couldn’t get close, scoring just a lone touchdown in the second quarter. That tally came on Donovan Clark’s 90-yard kick return, followed by an extra-point kick by Colton Sigafoos.

The Spartans can regain their SPSL momentum this week when they line up against Curtis. Sumner will host the crucial league tilt that begins at 7 p.m. at Sunset Chev Stadium.

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