Tenino is done stepping on its own feet, coach Randy Swilley said.
The No. 10 Beavers rebounded from a 20-12 halftime deficit to run by Class 1A Evergreen rival Elma on the road Friday, 39-20.
“I hope it’s one we can build on,” Swilley said.
Tenino and Elma traded three touchdowns apiece in the first three quarters before the Beavers posted a 21-point fourth.
“We kept pounding away and things started to break,” Swilley said. “We had some great, long drives that wasted a lot of clock.”
Thomas Pier scored on a 3-yard run in the third to trim the deficit to 20-18. Kaleb Strawn rushed for a 7-yard touchdown in the fourth to give Tenino the lead.
Strawn scored on another 12-yard run before Pier rushed 35 yards to ice it.
Pier finished with 27 carries for 212 yards, while Strawn rushed for 100 yards on 13 carries.
The Eagles opened scoring with a 46-yard run in the first. In the second, Tristan Robinette ran for a 1-yard touchdown and threw a 15-yard pass to Justin Spencer on Elma’s final two scoring drives.
Tenino shut out the Eagles in the second half.
“Our kids came out on defense in the second half and got going, and we kind of got out of our own way,” Swilley said.
Tenino (3-1) hosts Forks next Friday at 7 p.m. Elma (3-1) will visit Hoquiam.
Olympia 49, at Timberline 25: Continuing its scoring onslaught, Olympia posted another seven-touchdown game to improve to 4-0.
But, with a few more road blocks than its previous three outings.
Timberline’s four-touchdown effort doubled the number of touchdowns the Bears have allowed this season.
“We put our defense in some bad situations, gave them short field a couple of times,” Olympia coach Bill Beattie said.
The offense more than made up for it.
Scott Gunther recorded his third consecutive 200-yard game — he rushed for 293 yards on 29 carries and scored three touchdowns.
David Woodward scored two touchdowns for the Bears on a 30-yard pass from Jack Bell and an 80-yard kickoff return. Jayden Tussant rushed for two more.
The Blazers cut the lead to 28-19 on Christien Barnes’ 43-yard touchdown run in the third, but that was as close as they got.
Olympia went on a 21-6 run to end the game. Gunther scored the final two touchdowns of the game on a 85-yard run and a 2-yard run.
Timberline (1-3) travels to Bellarmine next Friday at 7 p.m., while Olympia hosts 4A KingCo’s Issaquah (2-2).
“It’s going to be huge,” Beattie said. “They play in arguably one of the toughest 4A conferences in the state. This is a good one for us to have to get ready for. If we want a chance of getting to the playoffs, these are the teams we have to compete with.”
Capital 46, Foss 14: The Cougars snapped a three-game losing streak against the Falcons, scoring all 46 of their points in the first half.
Zach Smith caught two touchdown passes from freshman quarterback Grant Erickson. Erickson — who debuted as a starter last week against Lincoln — threw for four touchdowns.
“We were hoping last week wasn’t a fluke, and it wasn’t,” Capital coach J.D. Johnson said. “He came out and played well again.”
Capital (1-3) will visit Central Kitsap next Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Yelm 49, South Kitsap 39: The Wolves took their only lead (32-28) midway through the third on a 91-yard catch by Izaijha Byrd.
The lead lasted 10 seconds, as Skeeter Cordova returned South Kitsap’s kickoff for 88 yards to put Yelm back on top, 35-32.
Brandon Thompson scored three touchdowns for the Tornadoes, including two rushes for 77 yards and 13 yards in the fourth quarter to seal it. He finished with 21 carries for 175 yards.
Tumwater 35, at Lake City (Idaho) 21: The No. 1 Thunderbirds had no trouble moving the football (414 yards), but needed Spencer Bowers’ 10-yard touchdown strike to Kade Otton with 3:08 to go to put away the Idaho powerhouse in Coeur d’Alene.
No. 10 Olympic 21, at W.F. West 6: The Bearcats broke Olympic’s three-game shutout streak on a 1-yard touchdown run by Elijah Johnson that capped a nine-play, 64-yard drive.
The Trojans followed with 21 unanswered points. Matt Becker threw for two touchdowns and rushed for a third.
Kelso 13, Centralia 0: The Highlanders took a 6-0 lead in the third following a 12-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a 3-yard Jerson Flores touchdown run. Centralia was held to 149 yards of total offense.