TUMWATER – Offense. Defense. Special teams.
Every phase of Tumwater’s game was featured flawlessly in the Thunderbirds’ 49-8 Class 2A state quarterfinals victory over Burlington-Edison on Saturday night.
And while that lopsided of a score isn’t seen too often in state quarterfinals games, just about everything went Tumwater’s way on a frigid night at Tumwater District Stadium.
“We knew what they were going to do, and we came out and reacted to what they were doing,” said senior defensive back Michael Glasgo, who had two interceptions and a 54-yard punt return for a touchdown. “It went everyone’s way pretty much.”
For the first time since 2006 – and the 10th time under head coach Sid Otton – the T-Birds (10-1) are in the state semifinals. They’ll travel east of the Cascades to face East Valley of Spokane on Saturday, with the time and location to be finalized this afternoon. East Valley defeated Prosser, 48-28, on Saturday.
The T-Birds picked apart Burlington-Edison, a team that put up 44 points in a first-round victory over Sequim last weekend. Quarterback Dylan Boe was sacked three times and picked off three times, while the offense was held to negative rushing yards for a good portion of the first half. The Tigers’ touchdown came in the closing seconds of the game, when Cody Larson plunged in for a 4-yard score.
“I think our defense has been pretty special all year long,” Otton said. “They made a big statement tonight in the way they played.”
Tumwater raced out to a 42-0 halftime lead, getting six touchdowns between offense, defense and special teams. Kyle Warner had three rushing touchdowns in the first half on runs of 10, 57 and 2, and also added a 90-yarder for the team’s final score in the fourth quarter. Glasgo returned a punt 54 yards for a TD and Ronnie Hastie retuend an interception 70 yards for a score.
Quarterback Daniel Hinkle’s 27-yard touchdown pass to Zach Wimberly with 4 minutes, 13 seconds to go in the second quarter capped off the first-half scoring.
The Tigers (8-4) had trouble from the start. Tumwater held Burlington-Edison to 41 net yards in the first half. It wasn’t until midway through the second quarter that the Tigers found any success with the passing game.
Boe completed four of his final six passes to two different receivers, but he was picked off in the first half by Glasgo and Hastie.
In its two playoff games, the Tumwater defense has allowed a combined 18 points.
“Our defense fired us up,” said Warner, who ran for 168 yards on nine carries. “From our first offensive possession to the last, we took the momentum and kept it going.”
Tumwater’s victory, combined with Capital’s 3A quarterfinals win over O’Dea on Friday night, means two South Sound football teams reached the state semifinals in their classifications for the first time since Centralia and Tumwater did it in 2006. The last time Tumwater and Capital both made the state semifinals was 1996.