The spread offense is out at Shelton High, and the power running game is back.
The Highclimbers went back to the ground on Friday night, beating Tumwater, 42-21, in Shelton at Highclimber Stadium.
Shelton, which compiled a 2-8 record in 2011 with a spread offense, rushed for six touchdowns against the Thunderbirds, including three by senior Ralph Kinne.
Kinne scored on runs of 80, 61 and 35 yards as the Highclimbers gained 476 of their 508 yards on the ground. Kinne rushed 328 yards on 31 carries.
Tumwater was led by senior Andrew Brown, who had 18 carries for 66 yards and scored two of the T-Birds’ three touchdowns, including a 90-yard kickoff return that tied the game at 7 early in the first quarter.
Tumwater finished with 251 yards of total offense.
North Thurston 36, at Steilacoom 21: The Rams (1-0) had four rushing touchdowns – three by Mo Manning and one by Brandon Belisario (18 yards), in their nonleague win over the Sentinels. Manning had touchdown runs of 24, 3 and 2 yards.
Junior quarterback Ryan Mets threw his first career touchdown pass, a 25-yard strike to Josh Cahill that pushed North Thurston’s lead to 36-7.
The Sentinels scored their final two touchdowns against the Rams’ reserves, including one as time expired.
Yelm 53, at Highline 14: The Tornados scored their most points in almost a decade, needing only 28 plays for its 53 points at Highline Stadium.
Jacob Swilley scored four touchdowns and rushed for 100 yards on 14 carries.
Anthony Allred, Quentin Buck and quarterback Kyle Brownell also scored for Yelm.
“A lot of this is single-wing and it’s hard to run,” Yelm coach Randy Swilley said.
“A lot of people don’t know what to do with it. ... you have to defend everyone.”
The Tornados’ No. 1 defense shut out Highline through three quarters and recorded 10 sacks.
Freshman kicker Vernon Parker also nailed a school-record 43-yard field goal in the third quarter.
“Overall, it was a very good night,” Randy Swilley said.
At W.F. West 33, Port Angeles 0: Quarterback Tanner Gueller threw four touchdown passes and the Bearcats cruised past the Roughriders.
Gueller, a first-year starter, completed 15 of 19 passes for 202 yards. All of the touchdowns came in the first half as the Bearcats built a 33-0 lead.
Alex Cox, who had 90 yards rushing, caught three TD passes.
At Black Hills 46, Clover Park 6: The Wolves scored five consecutive touchdowns in the second half to rout the Warriors.
Junior quarterback Miles Smiley had three touchdown passes to three different receivers – Jesse Perkinson (41 yards), Shayne Robinson (37) and Max Trotter (7).
Trotter also had an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Tenino 26, at Raymond 7: Devante Harris scored three touchdowns and Justin Conklin had a 63-yard interception return for a score in the Beavers’ non-league victory over the 2B Seagulls.