No. 7 Olympia had no trouble navigating its way to a 44-6 win over Stadium on Friday at Stadium Bowl.
But, the Bears (6-0, 3-0 4A Narrows) lost running back Scott Gunther in the process.
“Good news we won, bad news we lost him,” Olympia coach Bill Beattie said.
Gunther exited the game in the second quarter after injuring his right shoulder.
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“He came down on his shoulder wrong, the guys fell on it,” Beattie said. “It’s not a broken collarbone, it’s just a shoulder injury right now. It’s sore.”
Beattie said Gunther will miss Olympia’s game against league rival No. 3 Gig Harbor (6-0, 3-0) next week. And he could be out for longer.
“We’ll see,” Beattie said. “But terrible, doggone it. He was having a heck of a year.”
Through Week 5, Gunther led the South Sound in rushing touchdowns with 16, and had 1,081 yards on 126 carries.
Last year, Gunther broke his collarbone against South Kitsap in Week 3 following a 35-yard touchdown run. The injury ended his season.
The Bears commanded the Tigers throughout Friday night, putting up 35 points in the first half. Olympia shut out Stadium in the first three quarters before allowing one touchdown in the fourth.
“The defense played fantastic,” Beattie said. “The offense sputtered at times, but we had some guys step in and take Scott’s place.”
Freshman running back Jaden Toussaint ran back a kickoff for Olympia’s final touchdown in the fourth.
Black Hills 41, at Port Angeles 0: Christian Williams opened up an air raid against the Roughriders, passing 9-of-10 for 244 yards and four touchdowns.
He completed to Mark Melendres twice on 32- and 76-yard touchdowns. And Williams tossed another two to Gabe Adamson for 67 and 47 yards.
Conner Furu rushed for the Wolves’ final two touchdowns on 38- and 24-yard runs.
The Wolves ran 31 total offensive plays.
Black Hills (6-0, 1-0 2A EvCo) continues a five-game road trip at Kelso next week, before facing league rivals No. 1 Tumwater and Centralia to close the regular season.
“We should have a strong finish coming down to the end,” Black Hills coach Kirk Stevens said. “Wins and losses? We’ll see. But I think we’ll have a strong finish.”
Lincoln 41, at North Thurston 0: Willie Hamilton’s four touchdown passes for 200 yards alone outmatched North Thurston’s total offensive effort, as the Abes held the Rams to 196 total yards.
Jake Harn was limited to 98 yards passing, going 9-of-20 with one interception. Xavier Weston returned the pick 35 yards for a touchdown at the end of the third quarter.
Rochester 25, at Eatonville 22: Tiki Hickle intercepted a Jacob McCormick pass and returned it 95 yards for the game-winning score with 35 seconds remaining, and the Cruisers were stunned at B.W. Lyon Field.
McCormick had rallied the Cruisers, retaking the lead, 22-19, with his 35-yard touchdown pass to Justin Brandt with 4:34 to go.
Elma 31, at Forks 0: The Eagles capped a 90-yard drive in the first quarter with a 20-yard touchdown pass by Tristan Robinette to take a 6-0 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Elma steadily built on that, scoring two touchdowns in the second, and one apiece in the third and fourth quarters.
Robinette threw for three touchdowns, while Cory Marsh ran for two on 50- and 1-yard runs.