The last month brought two blowout victories and two relatively close wins for the Enumclaw High Hornets, who head into Week 5 of the season unscathed.
The same cannot be said across the river in Buckley, where White River continues to struggle, now sitting at 1-3 for the campaign.
Enumclaw will be looking for victory No. 5 Thursday night when the Steilacoom Sentinels arrive at the Expo Center. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. for the Hornets’ fourth Thursday night game of the season.
The always-tough Steilacoom crew (2-0 in league, 3-1 overall) opened the season with a loss to Highline High but has since rattled off consecutive victories over North Mason, Orting and Franklin Pierce.
Enumclaw improved to 4-0 (2-0 in South Puget Sound League 2A games) last week with a 27-21 road win at Fife. The EHS squad, which was No. 5 in the latest AP poll of the state’s Class 2A teams, has now outscored its opposition 159-69.
White River fell to 0-2 in SPSL 2A play last week after losing 35-14 to the Orting Cardinals.
The Buckley crew scored in the second quarter when Landon Mollett found the end zone from a yard out, capping a nine-play, 63-yard drive. The Hornets’ first-half output was a brotherly combination, as Denver Mollett booted the extra point.
White River’s second touchdown of the evening came in the third period when Jacob Rennaker outdueled a pair of Cardinal defenders, hauled in a pass from quarterback Aaden Rathbun and motored down the right sideline for a 63-yard TD.
Rennaker headed the WRHS receiving corps with four catches, good for 93 yards. The Hornet offense has been much more effective when taking to the air, but the effort took a serious blow last week when Tyce Donovan suffered a season-ending injury.
White River will seek a return to the victory column Friday night when Washington High (1-1 league, 1-3 overall) rolls onto the Buckley campus. Washington’s league victory came last week against Clover Park while the loss came two weeks ago at Enumclaw.