Tumwater High School is one step closer to clinching the 2A Evergreen Conference’s No. 1 seed into the District IV football playoffs after shutting out Centralia, 48-0, Friday on Homecoming night at Tumwater District Stadium.
The Thunderbirds, now winners of six straight games, scored 30 of their 36 second-quarter points in a 5-minute, 48-second stretch. Two of the touchdowns were set up by fumble recoveries by the defense.
Andrew Brown had nine carries for 89 yards and two rushing touchdowns. He also had a 89-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the third quarter that extended the T-Birds’ lead to 42-0. In addition to Brown’s two rushing touchdowns, Tyrus Snow also had two rushing touchdowns of 20 and 1 yards.
Tumwater, 6-1 overall and 3-0 in EvCo play, plays at River Ridge on Thursday. The Hawks are 2-1 in the EvCo after losing to W.F. West and are in a three-way tie for second with Capital and W.F. West.
Olympia 14, at Gig Harbor 0: Olympia found its offense in the fourth quarter, scoring both of its touchdowns on back-to-back possessions to pull away from the Tides at Roy Anderson Field in Purdy to remain in the playoff hunt in the 4A Narrows League.
Olympia (3-4 overall, 2-2 league) two touchdowns came over a four-minute stretch in the fourth – on a 3-yard run by Michael Naipo with 11:25 left, then on Alex Johnson’s 63-yard touchdown catch with 7:44 remaining.
At Capital 56, Black Hills 7: The Cougars, behind a big night from Kai Van Sickle, opened the game with 35 consecutive points in a win over the Wolves to set up next week’s showdown with W.F. West with second place in the District IV playoff picture on the line.
Capital (5-2 overall, 2-1 league) remains one game back of league-leading Tumwater with two games to play.
The Cougars gained 582 total yards, including 452 on the ground. A big chunk – 294 yards – was provided by Van Sickle.
The senior, who had 22 carries, scored four touchdowns on runs of 17, 19, 44 and 49 yards.
Capital’s defense held Black Hills to 181 total yards and just 1 rushing yard in the second half. The defense came up with interceptions from Zach Smith, Michael Randall and Jacob Johnson.
Capital quarterback Derrick Becker threw touchdown passes to Jakob Racimo (13 yards) and Sam Hollingsworth (65).
Black Hills’ Jesse Perkinson had a 5-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter, as the Wolves (3-4, 0-3) remained winless in conference play.
At W.F. West 44, River Ridge 26: Quarterback Tanner Gueller accounted for 231 total yards and five touchdowns (four passing, one running), and the Bearcats handed River Ridge its first league loss.
The Hawks had their five-game winning streak snapped.
River Ridge was led by Wesley Coats, who had nine catches for 169 yards, and Brad Wallace rushed 58 yards on 17 carries and scored three touchdowns.
Timberline 40, Mount Tahoma 6: The Blazers won big but it was costly, as they head into next week’s all-Lacey showdown with North Thurston unbeaten in league but without their starting quarterback.
Leading 40-0 in the third quarter, Gabriel Gutierrez broke his throwing arm after being sacked. Gutierrez was 6-for-16 for 136 yards and two touchdowns before the injury.
“It was a clean break,” Timberline coach Nick Mullen said.
“We’ll be fine. We have a really good backup (in Chris MacNeil).”
MacNeil, a senior, started four games for Timberline last year.
Spencer Crump led Timberline with 152 yards on 15 carries and three touchdowns. Brandon Wetzel paced the Blazers’ defense with 10 tackles and an interception.
At Bellarmine 56, Yelm 7: Jacob Swilley scored first on a 5-yard run, but it was all Lions from there in a rout of the Tornados.
Colorado-bound quarterback Sefo Liufau was 10 of 15 passing for 163 yards and three touchdowns as Bellarmine put the game out of reach with a 35-point second quarter.
Hoquiam 63, at Rainier 0: The No. 5-ranked Grizzlies held Rainier to 32 yards of total offense, including minus-30 yards in the first half, to spoil the debut of new Mountaineers offensive coordinator Steve Miller.