Prep Football Roundup: Unlikely receiver comes up big for Olympia - twice

ROUNDUP: Tight end catches tying TD pass, and game-winning 2-point conversion

The Olympian staffSeptember 29, 2012 

Olympia 15, at South Kitsap 14

Olympia High’s football team had one shot to execute the perfect pass.

It worked to perfection.

Trailing by a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter against South Kitsap, Michael Naipo, running the Wildcat formation, found tight end Tanner Hartsoch for a 40-yard touchdown.

Hartsoch then caught the ensuing two-point conversion play to give Olympia a 15-14 come-from-behind Narrows League 4A victory Friday night in Port Orchard.

Hartsoch, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound tight end and defensive lineman, made the one-handed catch and ran into the end zone with 7 minutes, 7 seconds left in the game.

“It was awesome,” Olympia coach Bill Beattie said. “He’s not a guy that usually goes out for a lot of passes. ... It was one of those plays you get one shot at and we saved it until the end.”

Naipo came up big again later in the game. On the Wolves’ final drive, with South Kitsap at the Olympia 19-yard line, Naipo intercepted a pass to seal the victory.

The Bears turned back another Wolves’ scoring attempt in the third quarter when they blocked a 30-yard field goal attempt. But on South Kitsap’s next possession, the Wolves grabbed a 14-7 lead on Marshaud Dewalt’s 4-yard touchdown.

Capital 48, at Centralia 3

The Cougars, who trailed 3-0 after Bo Ramirez’s 30-yard field goal, swamped the Tigers with 571 total yards, including Kai Van Sickle’s 275 yards rushing.

Van Sickle also scored four touchdowns on runs of 4, 58, 50 and 80 yards, helping Capital grind out 430 yards rushing.

Quarterback Derrick Becker completed 9 of 14 passes for 141 yards and a 26-yard TD to Derek Chase that gave the Cougars (4-1 overall, 1-1 2A EvCo) a 14-3 halftime lead.

“We found our heart tonight,” Capital coach J.D. Johnson said, “and the type of team that we really have.”

At Shelton 43, Foss 8

Ralph Kinne, the state’s leading rusher with 1,439 yards, gained 269 yards and scored four touchdowns – three in the first half – to lead Highclimbers (5-0) to a Narrows League 3A homecoming victory over the Falcons.

At Central Kitsap 35, Yelm 17

Central Kitsap broke open a close game after halftime to drop the Tornados to 1-1 in 4A Narrows League play.

Yelm trailed 21-17 to begin the third quarter thanks to two Jacob Swilley touchdowns but couldn’t muster much offense after the break.

One reason was the health of Swilley, who gained 120 yards on 23 carries despite playing with flu-like symptoms.

“Central Kitsap is a really good team. The biggest thing is we shot ourselves in the foot,” Yelm coach Randy Swilley said. “We didn’t execute like we should have.”

Tenino 62, at Rainier 6

Beavers quarterback Mac Shaw was nearly perfect against his former team, completing 16 of 18 passes for 264 yards and six touchdowns in the annual 507 Trophy game.

Shaw also had three rushes for 53 yards and a touchdown to help keep Tenino (5-0) undefeated.

Devante Harris had four receptions – all for touchdowns – for 93 yards.

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