Chris Leiba, filling in for injured senior Brad Wallace, scored on a 23-yard run and then added the two-point conversion to lift River Ridge to a comeback 41-34 victory over Centralia in a 2A Evergreen Conference football matchup Friday night at Tiger Stadium in Centralia.
Leiba didn’t enter the game until the second half, when Wallace left with a finger injury that required stitches. Wallace ran for 114 yards and three TDs on 18 carries.
But it was Leiba who ran in the winner for the Hawks with 1 minute, 26 seconds to play to cap an 81-yard drive.
“Chris is a special running back,” River Ridge coach Steve Schultz said. “He was ready when his time came, and he came up big.”
In a back-and-fourth game, Centralia took 34-33 lead with 6:18 left on Joe Blaser’s 22-yard touchdown pass to Pat Neely.
River Ridge trailed 13-0 but bounced back to force a 20-20 halftime tie.
“We found a way to win,” Schultz said. “It was crazy.”
Quarterback Colby Schultz passed for 309 yards with two touchdowns to Michael Rader, who had 132 yards receiving.
Steve Schultz credited Elijah Camacho and Johnathan Roberts as unsung heroes. Roberts had 131 yards on six catches and Camacho, who supplied key blocks, rushed for 61 yards on 12 carries.
At Bellarmine 24, Capital 14: The Lions scored two touchdowns in a three-minute span in the fourth quarter, capped by Garrett McKay’s 59-yard punt return, and held on to beat the Cougars in a battle of ranked teams in different divisions.
Capital, ranked No. 3 in 2A, was led by running back Kai Van Sickle, who rushed for 130 yards on 24 carries. He scored the game’s first TD on an 11-yard run to put the Cougars up, 7-0.
Bellarmine, the third-ranked 4A team, scored 10 points in the second quarter on a 28-yard touchdown pass from Sefo Liufau to McKay and a 25-yard field goal by Matt Philichi.
Liufau, bound for Colorado, threw for 151 yards on 14 of 21 passing.
Bellarmine outgained Capital, 232 yards to 194.
Shelton 34, at Lincoln 28: Jake Frakes, a transfer from Puyallup, made a late-game interception for Shelton, then threw the game-winning touchdown with 6.4 seconds left to give the Highclimbers a win and to keep the team unbeaten through six games at 6-0 overall.
Tied at 28-all in the final minute of the game, Franks, a backup quarterback, made the interception on Lincoln quarterback JMaka Love and the following play, Franks found tight end David Ajamu for the 22-yard go-ahead touchdown.
Im sure hes riding high tonight, Shelton coach Matt Hinkle said.
Senior running back Ralph Kinne set the schools new single-season rushing mark after his 245-yard performance on 36 carries and four touchdowns. He surpassed Kyle Burbridges mark of 1,657 set in 2007. Kinne now has 1,684 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns through six games.
Hes rock solid, Hinkle said.
Ryan Reita had Capital’s second touchdown of the game on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter.
South Kitsap 45, at Yelm 3: Adam Gascoyne rushed for 133 yards on 19 carries, and the Wolves cruised to a 3A Narrows League win.
Yelm scored its only points on Vernon Parker’s 32-yard field goal in the second quarter.
The Tornados’ Jacob Swilley rushed for 110 yards on 25 carries, but the offense could do little more.
“South Kitsap is 10 times the team we are,” Yelm coach Randy Swilley said, “and has 10 times the heart we do. We did not play with any heart at all. ...
“We must’ve had them probably with five or six third-and-15s or so, and they got the first down (on all of them).”
W.F. West 24, at Black Hills 6: Tanner Gueller, despite being sacked seven times, passed for 186 yards and two touchdowns, and the Bearcats’ defense limited the Wolves to 124 total yards for a 2A EvCo victory.
Gueller, who completed 7-of-14 passes, threw a 69-yard TD to Keylen Steen and a 7-yard score to Alex Cox.
Black Hills, which was held to 49 yards in the second half, scored its lone TD as time expired.
At La Center 40, Tenino 6: The Beavers’ defense gave up a season-high in points in losing a non-league game.
Tenino quarterback Mac Shaw threw for 182 yards and TD on 14 of 24 passes. His 27-yard scoring strike to Devante Harris in the second quarter was the Beavers’ only score.
Timberline 41, at Foss 8: Sophomore Gabriel Gutierrez threw for three touchdowns, and running back Spencer Crump ran in for another as the Blazers remain unbeaten in Narrows League 3A play.
Timberline’s largest lead was 41-0 before Foss’ fourth-quarter touchdown. Crump finished with 127 yards on 10 carries.
Shelton 34, at Lincoln 28: The Highclimbers scored the go-ahead touchdown with six seconds left to keep their undefeated season rolling (6-0, 3-0 Narrows 3A League) and hand the Jon Ktina-coached Abes (3-3, 1-3) their third loss in a row.