White River makes it look easy; Enumclaw rallies in the second half

Both football teams posted wins with big margins last week.

It was a two-win week for Plateau football teams, as the Enumclaw High squad knocked off the Fife Trojans Saturday evening, just 24 hours after White River had downed the Clover Park Warriors.

With the regular season winding down, Enumclaw sits at 4-1 in South Puget Sound League 2A play and is 5-2 overall. White River improved last week to 2-3 in league action and 3-4 for the season.

This week’s schedule has Enumclaw challenging the Orting Cardinals (2-1, 3-2) and White River taking on Franklin Pierce (0-4, 1-6). Enumclaw will host a traditional Friday night game while White River hosts the Cardinals on Thursday. Both games kick off at 7 p.m.

Here’s a quick recap of last week’s Plateau wins.


The Hornets’ 28-10 victory over Fife came courtesy of a 22-3 advantage in the second half.

The first two periods of play saw each club find the end zone on rushing touchdowns. Fife hit the scoreboard first but EHS answered when Dylan Watterson scored on an 8-yard run shortly before halftime.

The second half started with a bang as Watterson raced for an 80-yard TD and Dane Johnson carried for a two-point conversion, giving the Hornets a 14-7 lead. After Fife cut the margin with a field goal, Enumclaw received a 22-yard rushing touchdown from Emmit Otero and a 7-yard TD pass from Malcolm Harper to Clive Pond.


White River’s 27-13, home field victory over Clover Park came just four days after a Monday loss to the Washington Patriots. The odd schedule was created by the ongoing shortage of game officials.

White River’s first TD Friday came on the opening drive when Nate Peckham took a flip pass from Cole Cashman and scored. The Hornet lead expanded in the first quarter when the Warriors had a botched punt attempt; Ryan Stapleton tackled the punter who had chased after a bad snap and Payne Plaster scooped up the loose ball and rumbled 23 yards to the end zone.

Second-quarter Hornet touchdowns came on runs by Cashman and Plaster, giving White River a 27-0 lead.

Clover Park made some defensive adjustments at halftime and posted two TDs in the third quarter, but the Hornet defense put the brakes on future Warrior efforts and secured the league victory.

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