River Ridge rebounds with shutout of Sequim

ROUNDUP: Centralia loses on failed field goal at end of game; Shelton, Tenino win

Staff reportSeptember 8, 2012 

River Ridge football coach Steve Schultz challenged his team after a shutout loss in Week 1.

The result led to a 34-0 non-league home victory over Sequim in Lacey and an effort Schultz was pleased with on both sides of the ball.

“Our guys responded after laying an egg a week ago,” Schultz said. “They went after it. They started to play a bit more relaxed and responsible football.”

River Ridge quarterback Colby Schultz was 9-for-16 for 206 yards and three touchdowns, with the majority of the yards going to Wesley Coates, who had six catches for 160 yards and two touchdowns.

Coates’ second touchdown was a 28-yard pass from Schultz just before halftime that put the Hawks (1-1) up 27-0 at halftime.

Chris Leiba had seven carries for 71 yards and a touchdown in the third quarter to increase River Ridge’s lead to 34-0.

The defense held a Sequim team, which went a combined 18-4 the past two seasons, to its second consecutive shutout loss.

Washington 22, at Centralia 21: Centralia’s Bo Ramirez’s potential winning 37-yard field goal with 8.6 seconds left was wide left, sending the Tigers to their second loss.

Centralia led for the majority of the second half – 15-14 at halftime and 21-14 with 5:51 left in the fourth quarter on Chuck McKeever’s 1-yard touchdown run, but the two-point conversion failed.

Washington took a one-point lead at 22-21 with 37 seconds left following quarterback Jordan Mezias’ 1-yard touchdown and a successful two-point conversion.

Centralia marched 29 yards in the final half-minute to set up Ramirez’s field goal try.

Senior Justice Tasby had 114 yards on 18 carries, but left late in the first half with an ankle injury. He did not return.

Shelton 54, at North Mason 24: The Highclimbers (2-0) scored three touchdowns in less than 4 minutes in the second quarter en route to a 30-point victory.

Shelton is 2-0 for the first time since 2004 when that year’s team finished 9-1 overall.

Senior running back Ralph Kinne had 209 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns, including a 79-yard touchdown run that gave Shelton a 22-6 lead in the second quarter.

Shelton scored 27 unanswered points before North Mason scored to end the first half.

Tight end David Ajamu, an Oregon State commit, had his first catch of the season. It was an 11-yard touchdown catch for the game’s first score.

At Tenino 55, Washougal 28: Quarterback Mac Shaw threw for three touchdowns and ran for another three to improve the Beavers to 2-0 overall.

Shaw’s longest touchdown pass was a 60-yard strike to senior Devante Harris.

Shaw was 31-for-43 for 465 yards with five touchdowns. Harris finished with 12 catches for 234 yards and three touchdowns.

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