A trio of local teams proved their gridiron prowess Friday night, rolling to impressive and substantial victories.
With the end of the regular season in sight and playoff pictures coming into focus, White River embarrassed Evergreen of Seattle 60-0, Enumclaw put a 41-0 whipping on Thomas Jefferson and Sumner doubled up Rogers High 42-21.
Meanwhile, the Bonney Lake Panthers had the misfortune of running up against the No. 7-ranked Lincoln Abes from Tacoma. The result was a 62-14 loss.
The Spartans rattled off their third straight win, rolling to a 14-0 first-quarter lead before pushing the advantage to 28-7 by halftime.
Ben Wilson had a short touchdown run to open the scoring and Tre Weed added two more before Thane Birrer capped the first-half scoring by hauling in a TD pass from Luke Ross.
Weed scored his third touchdown in the third period, this time on a pass from Ross, and Bryan Falk added a fourth-quarter rushing TD.
This one was decided early, as the Hornets demolished the winless crew from Seattle. White River scored 30 points in the first quarter and pushed the advantage to 47-0 by halftime.
Luke Northam rushed for two early touchdowns and Devyn Hager and Jack Ervien added TDs before the first quarter was finished. Before the night was over, Jacob Selander had caught a TD pass from TJ Stroschein, Ben Carr rushed for two scores and Klein Carter had a TD run. A field goal by Connor Andrew and a safety by the Hornet defense contributed to the rout.
White River has finished its regular season and begins postseason play Friday by hosting the third-place team from the SPSL 2A’s Sound Division. The opponent was to be determined during a Tuesday night pigtail game. White River finished 5-2 in Mountain Division play to earn the No. 3 seed.
The Hornets’ latest victory pushed the team’s record to 5-1 in league play, with just one contest remaining on the regular-season slate.
It’s a Thursday night game against Auburn Mountainview at Auburn Memorial Stadium. The game has postseason implications, as the Lions sit at 4-2 in league play, just a game behind Enumclaw.
The Panthers found themselves in an early 14-0 hole, but narrowed the margin when quarterback Kaiden Hammond teamed up with Braydon Tressler for a five-yard touchdown.
That was it for the Bonney Lake crew, as the Abes rolled to six more TDs and a 55-7 lead. The Panthers hit the scoreboard again in the fourth quarter when Peyton Brock returned a fumble to the end zone and Tony Guerrero was good on the extra-point kick.