A win is a win, and this win for Tumwater High’s Sid Otton – a 49-22 victory Friday over Capital at Tumwater District Stadium – represented a big, round number: 350 as a high school coach.
They’re not always pretty – Tumwater was assessed 140 penalty yards on 15 infractions.
And they’re almost never easy: Capital bounced back from a 42-7 deficit with 15 fourth-quarter points to keep the game interesting.
“If you’d talked to me years ago, I’d have said you were crazy,” said Otton, the winningest coach in Washington history. “’We’ve just had great football players over the years.”
Tyrus Snow (180 yards, 11 carries) scored three rushing touchdowns for Tumwater, teammate Christian Cummings (108 yards, 12 carries) had two more, and the T-Birds’ special teams earned two scores, both on blocked punts by Trevor Davis – the second of which he took to the end zone himself.
“We talk about special teams being special,” Otton said.
Tumwater, which amassed 415 yards of total offense, including 337 on the ground, got on the board first on its second possession after the Cougars’ second straight three-and-out to open the game. Snow, a junior, took off over right tackle then cut back against the grain to daylight on a 44-yard touchdown run.
The teams traded turnovers late in the first quarter, with Capital’s Danny Leatherwood intercepting Jayden Croft’s pass only to see the Cougars fumble it back to Tumwater on the next play. Christian Cummings capitalized for the T-Birds, turning the right corner on a 41-yard TD run after a Cougars defender appeared to have an angle on him near the sideline.
Tumwater’s defense got into the scoring act when junior linebacker Davis blocked a Capital punt deep in Cougar territory. Teammate Nick Foerstel grabbed the ball and returned it 5 yards to the end zone.
Capital closed the gap to 21-7 on a well-blocked 17-yard run by Conner Kennedy after consecutive facemask penalties on Tumwater got the Cougars close.
Tumwater opened some space early in the second half, marching 77 yards in nine plays for a 28-7 lead. Pure power running earned a Snow touchdown from 16 yards out, one play after he bulled 18 yards with Cougars tacklers in tow.
It was Snow again minutes later, breaking free down the right sideline with the help of several crisp blocks by teammates on a 72-yard scoring run, sidestepping the last Cougar with a chance at the 7.
Kennedy (130 yards) provided a second-half highlight for the Cougars with an 80-yard touchdown sprint early in the fourth quarter, but the Cougars weren’t done. On their next possession, quarterback Cody Jenkins found an open Jakob Racimo for a 40-yard touchdown pass, then converted for two points on another pass to Racimo.
“We just wanted to continue working on things,” Capital coach J.D. Johnson said, “and keep on getting better each week.”