Most of the flash and dash Tumwater High School showed Friday night in its regular-season finale was supplied by senior Jakob Holbrook, in an otherwise methodical 44-3 victory over W.F. West at Tumwater District Stadium.
The victory earned the third-ranked T-Birds their eighth consecutive undefeated Class 2A Evergreen Conference championship, and the league’s top seed into the district playoffs next week.
“Great team win,” said Tumwater coach Bill Beattie, who won the 2A EvCo title in his first season with the T-Birds.
Beattie, the longtime Olympia head coach, succeeded Sid Otton, the all-time winningest high school football coach in state history.
“These kids work their tails off Monday through Thursday,” Beattie said. “The fruits of their labor are amazing.”
Holbrook had his hands on the ball in a lot of ways to lead a T-Birds rushing attack that rolled for 354 yards. Holbrook, 6-foot, 175 pounds, gained 117 yards on 16 carries and caught a pass for another 44 yards, but left the touchdowns to his running mates.
Dylan Paine picked up 93 yards on 20 carries and scored three times. Connor Clark notched a pair of 2-yard scoring runs, and Hunter Baker put the game’s final points on the board with a 5-yard score.
“That’s no big deal,” Holbrook said of his non-scoring night. “I can’t get my mind off that we won the championship. I can’t stop smiling.”
Tumwater (7-2) will wait to learn the result of a potential three-way playoff among Greater St. Helens League team to know its first postseason opponent. The T-Birds will host the No. 4 seed.
The Bearcats (7-2), who came into the game undefeated in 2A EvCo play, finished the regular season will play the No. 3 seed out of the 2A GSHL in the district round.
Paine pounded for a 25-yard gainer to set up the game’s first points — a 23-yard field goal by senior Nathan Seaman. Seaman also connected on six of seven PATs.
Tumwater lined up Holbrook in the Wildcat formation midway through the second quarter, and he took a snap and rambled 42 yards to the Bearcats 8. Three plays later Holbrook handed off to Clark for a 2-yard touchdown run.
“Whatever they ask me to do, I’ll do it,” Holbrook said of the Wildcat scheme. “It’s a pretty good offensive look for us.”
W.F. West got its only points on a 27-yard field goal by Cory Davis, set up by a 52-yard pass from quarterback Nole Wollan to a streaking Tyson Guerrero. Tumwater defender Patrick Williams took down Guerrero in the open field at the 21-yard line to save a touchdown.
The T-Birds defense limited W.F. West to 111 offensive yards.
Tumwater went 65 yards in seven plays, the biggest a 27-yard run by Holbrook, to take a 17-3 lead at the half on Paine’s 5-yard run.
The hole only got deeper for W.F. West in the third quarter, as Paine carried six times for 32 yards, the last a 1-yard touchdown plunge, to make it 24-3.
On the Bearcats’ next possession, senior Ethan Wilmovsky intercepted Wollan and a late-hit penalty left the T-Birds in business at the Bearcat 7. Clark carried it over from the 2.
NO. 9 W.F. WEST
NO. 3 TUMWATER
T – Nathan Seaman 23 field goal
T – Connor Clark 2 run (Seaman kick)
WFW – Cory Davis 27 field goal
T – Dylan Paine 5 run (Seaman kick)
T – Paine 1 run (Seaman kick)
T – Clark 2 run (Seaman kick)
T – Paine 1 run (Seaman kick)
T – Hunter Baker 5 run (kick failed)