A lopsided second half spelled defeat Friday night for the White River Hornets, who fell 47-14 to the Washington Patriots.
The game, played on the Patriots’ home turf, provided a tale of two distinctly different halves. The first two quarters saw White River leading 14-13, but the rest of the way was a much different story. The third and fourth quarters saw Washington score 34 points and roll to an easy victory.
The Hornet jumped on the scoreboard first, taking the lead when Cyruss Stenson rumbled into the end zone from seven yards out. Dustin France converted the extra-point kick and the lead held into the second quarter when Washington’s Tyquan Bowie scored the first of the five TDs he would rack up during the game. France added a 19-yard touchdown run later in the quarter, giving the Hornets their second and final lead of the night. Bowie scored again before halftime, but the PAT effort was no good.
The host team added two touchdowns in the third quarter and three more during the final eight minutes to turn a close game into a rout.
The Hornets posted some respectable numbers despite the 33-point loss. France completed nine of 14 pass attempts, good for 88 yards, and the team rushed for 196 yards.
With the loss, White River dropped to 1-4 in South Puget Sound League 2A play, 2-5 overall. Looking to bounce back, the Hornets will host the Steilacoom Sentinels Friday night in the annual Homecoming contest. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on the White River campus.