Enumclaw Hornets football up 3-0 while White River struggles

EHS is also tied for 3rd in the AP’s first 2022 football poll.

Enumclaw High sat in a tie for No. 3 when the Associated Press released its first football poll of the 2022 season. The rankings came out last week, prior to Friday’s convincing EHS victory.

In the Class 2A poll, both Enumclaw and Prosser collected 61 points, based on their 2-0 starts. The Hornets and Mustangs sat behind No. 1 Lynden High and No. 2 Tumwater.


As the Plateau’s high school football programs head into Week 4 of the season, Enumclaw High will look to extend an unbeaten streak while White River hopes to snap a two-loss skid.

The 3-0 Enumclaw squad will head to Fife High for another Thursday night tilt, with kickoff at 7 p.m. Something will have to give, as both teams are undefeated in three contests and opened the South Puget Sound League 2A campaign with wins last week.

Fife began with a 43-6 victory over Interlake and tacked on a 23-14 win over Squalicum High before squeaking past Franklin Pierce 36-34 in the league opener. Enumclaw began the season with a tough 29-27 decision over Peninsula and routed Silas High of Tacoma 62-14, then registered a 41-7 win last week over the lowly Washington Patriots.

On the Pierce County side of the Plateau, the White River crew is hoping to bounce back from a pair of painful losses. After opening the season with a 21-20 victory over Capital High the squad has been swamped twice – losing 34-7 to Shelton and, last week, falling 20-0 to Clover Park in the SPSL 2A opener.

The opportunity to return to the win column will come on the road, with White River traveling to nearby Orting for another Thursday night game (the team’s fourth in a row). The Cardinals also are struggling, sporting a season record of 0-3, beginning with nonleague losses to Squalicum and Eatonville, followed by a league-opening, 20-13 loss to Steilacoom.

Last week’s loss to the Clover Park Timberwolves featured a change to the White River offense. After the opening series, Aadan Rathbun was inserted at quarterback and Jacob Rennaker returned to tight end, where he was a first team, all-league selection a season ago.

The offense was able to move the ball, courtesy of line play that kept the Timberwolves’ pass rush at bay. A series of turnovers, however, resulted in White River being blanked on the scoreboard.

Rathbun completed half of his 22 passes, good for 102 yards, spreading the ball to a variety of receivers. Lyle Dolojan pulled in four receptions for 33 yards, Rennaker had three catches, also for 33 yards, Tyler Roach caught two and Landon Mollett and Tyce Donovan had a reception each.

The Hornet defense was paced by Chase Campbell’s 12 tackles, which included a quarterback sack. Trevor King, Mason Johnson and Mollett were credited with eight tackles each.