White River ends season with loss to visiting Gators

The weather was cold, points were nonexistant and White River players and fans went home disappointed.

Thus ended the 2015 campaign for the White River High football team, which lost 21-0 Thursday to the Decatur Gators.

The Hornets put the final touch on the season with a Week 10, home field contest against the Decatur bunch from the South Puget Sound League 4A’s Northwest Division.

Week 10 contests typically are nonleague affairs involving teams that fall short of making the playoffs.

That was certainly the case Thursday night in rural Buckley, as the Hornets and Gators stepped on the field with a combined record of one victory and 17 losses. White River had managed a league victory over a winless Clover Park squad, while Decatur was winless in nine tries.

Thursday night, however, went the way of the Gators. The visitors notched touchdowns in the first, third and fourth quarters to head home to Federal Way with their lone victory of a long season.

Decatur’s first touchdown came on a 10-yard run by Marcelo Berganza; the second-half TDs were by Christian Siva, the first on a 90-yard dash and the second on a 1-yard burst.

White River fans had limited opportunities to cheer, but were able to applaud a spirited goal-line stand by the Hornet defense to close out the second half. Then, on the opening play of the third quarter, White River added a bit of excitement by pulling a play from it bag of tricks. Tyler Meadows received a pass behind the line of scrimmage, then launched a pass that was caught by Devyn Hager, who took the ball to near the Decatur 20-yard line.