White River and Enumclaw football score another pair of evening wins
Week 4 of the preseason football season was a successful one for the Plateau, Enumclaw and White River football teams scoring victories in the South Puget Sound League 2A.
Neither was in action on the traditional Friday night, but that couldn’t derail the victorious efforts. The Enumclaw High crew were in action on Saturday, taking a 49-7 road victory over Franklin Pierce. White River had taken the field 48 hours earlier, playing at home on the grass at Arrow Lumber Stadium, and had beaten Fife 35-24.
The continuing shortage of game officials will mean that both teams will play less than traditional days again this week. White River has another game on Thursday night (the second of three straight games on Thursday) and will be on the road to take on the tough Steilacoom Sentinels. Enumclaw will play another game on Saturday when the team travel to Harry Lang Stadium to challenge the Clover Park Warriors. In addition to playing on Saturday, EHS will start at 3 p.m. ET.
Here’s how things went last week for the Plateau programs.
The Hornets found themselves behind the Fife Trojans in the third quarter with several key players sidelined with injuries or strikes. Despite that, White River scored the last two touchdowns of the game to claim the championship victory.
From the start, the Hornets were deprived of starting quarterback Tyson Campbell (also a mainstay of the defensive field); Also on the shelf were linebacker Chase Campbell and Jayden Clausnitzer, not a starter but one who contributes from both sides of the ball. To make matters worse, the offensive spark plug Payne Plaster was treating injuries that limited its output to five staves.
So, maybe it wasn’t a big surprise that Fife held a 24-20 advantage in the third quarter.
But then several things happened. First, the Hornet defense stiffened and stuffed several of the Trojans’ fourth down attempts. And, second, White River’s offensive line – Ryan Stapleton, Huyson Emerick, Levi Grasley, Shadrach Crawford and Wyatt Davis – began to lead the way and lead the Hornets to two TDs.
White River regained the advantage when Cashman scored by one yard (the last of his three rushing touchdowns) and sidelined the game when Cashman connected with Nate Peckham for a 55-yard score.
Making his first start, Cashman took the opportunity. He was good on 13 of 21 assists and found five different receivers; his first target was Jacob Rennaker who made five shots.
The offense was also started by Josh Poulin, who carried the ball 24 times and gained 143 yards.
The Hornet’s defense was paced by Ryan Stapleton, who made 10 solo tackles and assisted on four others, and Cooper Reeves, who intercepted a Trojan pass and made 10 tackles.
Before the end-of-game drama, White River had enjoyed a successful start to the game. The Hornets took a 13-0 lead in the first quarter, thanks to an 8-yard touchdown by Poulin and a 7-yard rush by Cashman. A second quarter score came on a short run from Cashman, followed by a two-point conversion by Plaster.
Fife hit a pair of touchdowns and caught the Hornets for safety, all in the second quarter to give the Hornets a 20-16 advantage at halftime.
For a few minutes on Saturday night, things seemed close. Visitors to Enumclaw Hornets and host Franklin Pierce Cardinals both scored a touchdown and added an extra point.
But any semblance of drama or balance was quickly erased, shattered by an Enumclaw assault that saw 21 more points displayed on the scoreboard during the second quarter – with a Hornet defense that kept the Cards out of the zone. drank the rest of the night.
Enumclaw first broke through the scoreboard when quarterback Malcolm Harper connected with Clive Pont for a 6-yard pass score. It didn’t take many seconds for host Cardinals to equalize the game, thanks to an 80-yard kickoff return by Keyondre Nelson.
From that point on, it was all Hornets.
The second quarter scores came on a short run from Emmit Otero, a 30-yard throw from Harper to Dylan Watterson and, finally, a 25-yard strike from Harper to Dane Johnson.
In the third period, Enumclaw received a 65-yard rushing touchdown from Watterson before getting special teams action. The Hornets blocked an FP punt that was picked up by Keanu Lafaele who only needed a few steps to reach the end zone. A final Enumclaw TD came early in the fourth quarter on a short run from Seamus Twohey.
The Hornets’ score was completed by kicker Noah Seabrands, who was good in his seven extra point attempts.