With an opportunity to help his team clinch at least a share of the Class 2A South Puget Sound League Sound Division title at South Sound Stadium in Lacey on Friday night, River Ridge High School running back Trey Dorfner came to play.
Dorfner caught three passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 84 yards on nine carries, including a 55-yard touchdown run, to lead the third-ranked Hawks to a 42-17 win over Eatonville.
River Ridge scored on its first possession of the game when quarterback Kelle Sanders connected with Dorfner for a 42-yard touchdown on a fourth-and-4.
Eatonville answered with a field goal to cut the deficit to 7-3, but River Ridge followed with 35 points to put the game away.
“We haven’t come out in the first quarter big yet (this season),” River Ridge coach Steve Schultz said. “Against a real tough opponent like Eatonville, which only had one loss, our offense came out rolling. Coach (Jack) Zilla, running our offense, he’s got everything churning right now at the right time.”
Dorfner led the way, scoring the Hawks’ first three touchdowns. In addition to his 42-yard touchdown catch and 55-yard touchdown run, he also had a 64-yard touchdown reception.
Sanders also proved to be a problem for the Cruisers’ defense. He finished 12 of 19 passing for 297 yards and three touchdowns, and added a 7-yard touchdown run.
“What’s amazing with Kelle is he’s a first-year quarterback,” Schultz said. “He sees the field and he’s checking down. On one of our bootlegs, he checked 1-2-3 and then threw the backside post. We’ll spend a whole four years trying to teach a quarterback to do that, and he naturally does that.”
The Hawks led 28-3 at halftime and added more early in the third quarter. After forcing Eatonville to punt, River Ridge scored on its first possession when Sanders threw his third touchdown of the game — a 13-yard strike to Paddy Green.
Sophomore Maleko Mina added an 8-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to give River Ridge a 42-3 lead. With the Hawks well ahead, Mina got several carries in the second half, rushing for 81 yards on 12 carries.
“(Mina) runs hard,” Schultz said. “He’s up-and-coming. He’s just a sophomore and we’re excited about his future.”
The Hawks (6-0, 5-0 2A SPSL) clinched the No. 1 seed out of the 2A SPSL Sound Division with the win, regardless of the outcome of next week’s meeting with Clover Park (0-6, 0-4). River Ridge will meet the Mountain Division champion in Week 9 to play for the 2A SPSL title — the Hawks won their first last season with a spotless 7-0 league record.
Eatonville (4-2, 3-2) dropped its second loss of the season, though Zarak Scruggs provided some electricity late. He returned a kickoff in the fourth quarter for a 95-yard touchdown, and returned an interception for a 90-yard score.
NO. 3 RIVER RIDGE
RR – Trey Dorfner 42 pass from Kelle Sanders (Matt O’Leary kick)
E – Brendon Morton 32 FG
RR – Dorfner 64 pass from Sanders (O’Leary kick)
RR – Dorfner 55 run (O’Leary kick)
RR – Sanders 7 run (O’Leary kick)
RR – Padric Green 13 pass from Sanders (O’Leary kick)
RR – Maleko Mino 8 run (O’Leary kick)
E – Zarak Scruggs 95 kickoff return (Morton kick)
E – Scruggs 90 interception return (Morton kick)