Football: EHS cruises to win, White River falls

The Enumclaw Hornets beat Orting 49-9.

Week 2 of the prep football season brought a split decision for the Plateau teams, with Enumclaw securing a lopsided win while White River absorbed a loss.

Courtesy of their 49-9 victory over the Orting Cardinals, the EHS squad evened their record at 1-1. Meanwhile, White River slipped to 0-2 following a 44-6 home field debacle against Steilacoom.

Enumclaw will be searching for win No. 2 this Friday when the Hornets enjoy their first home game of the season. The opponent was supposed to be the Foss Falcons, in keeping with this year’s practice of scheduling only league opponents. Foss High is having a tough year, however, and is not fielding a football team.

Trying to avoid a bye week in an already-shortened season, Enumclaw found a willing foe in Mount Tahoma. The Bears will make the trek to the Enumclaw Expo Center for a 7 p.m., nonleague kickoff.

Also taking field at 7 Friday will be the White River squad which will be on the road to challenge the Orting Cardinals. The Cards have had it rough thus far, losing three games by a combined score of 131-9.

White River’s loss last week was to a highly-regarded Steilacoom bunch that features several college-bound players. On Senior Night at Arrow Lumber Stadium there wasn’t a lot to celebrate as the visiting Sentinels scored a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter and pushed their lead to 30-0 by halftime.

Unable to mount any offense through the air, the Hornets might have relied on senior running back Jay Selander – except Steilacoom boasted a pair of defensive tackles, each checking in at more than 300 pounds, who thwarted that plan most of the night.

The Hornets’ lone scoring drive was sparked by a 40-yard sideline sprint by quarterback Yaz Metzenberg. The third-quarter drive included some crucial gains by Selander and was capped when Josh Poulin scored from a yard out.