2A/1A Football: Wolves Edge Tigers in OT
By The Chronicle
TUMWATER — The Tigers rallied and forced overtime, but had to settle for a moral victory here Friday in a 26-20 Evergreen 2A Conference loss to Black Hills.
Centralia trailed 20-7 in the fourth quarter, but tied things up with a minute left to force the extra session.
“We had an opportunity to win it. Our kids played really hard, and I think we really turned a page,” Centralia coach Jeremy Thibault said. “They played well tonight. We played with a lot of heart.”
Jose Pineda scored two touchdowns and ran the ball 26 times for 117 yards, and Dylan Purkey added 76 rushing yards on nine carries.
Black Hills quarterback Ethan Loveless, though, was tough to contain. The junior ran for 83 yards on nine carries with two touchdowns and hit 15 of 30 passes for 186 yards.
“He was quick. If he doesn’t run track, he should,” Thibault said of Loveless (an All-League outfielder for the Wolves in the spring). “He faked a dive and took off, and he was in the end zone before the kids realized the fullback didn’t have the ball. He threw well, but our kids played hard. I was pretty impressed with them.”
Loveless scored rushing touchdowns in the first and third quarters, and a short scoring run from Pineda early in the third kept things close. Davis Tuson’s 5-yard touchdown run put the Wolves up 20-7 with seconds left in the third.
Centralia, though, answered. Kolby Baird hit Tristan Dickey for a 63-yard score, and Pineda zipped in from 2 yards out with 1:02 left on the clock.
The Tigers opted for an onside kick, which was recovered by sophomore Jason Baum, but their last shot at the end zone just missed to force overtime.
Centralia got the ball down to the 1-yard line on the first possession of overtime but couldn’t punch it in, while Tuson scored on a 3-yard run on the Wolves’ sixth play of overtime to end the game.
Sophomore Justus Kuykendall highlighted a strong effort from the line, which was an area of focus for the Tigers during the last week of practice, Thibault pointed out.
“He doesn’t come off the field, and he just battled tonight,” the coach said. “I was pretty impressed with him.”
Centralia (1-3, 0-1 league) is back at Tumwater District Stadium on Friday, playing Tumwater in another Evergreen 2A Conference game.
Elma Drops Rochester
ROCHESTER — Elma’s Taitum Brumfield scored four touchdowns, leading the Eagles to a 29-12 win over Rochester in a nonleague football game here on Friday.
Elma accumulated 246 yards on the ground, including 177 from Brumfield.
Rochester quarterback Bryce Lollar completed 5 of 15 passes for 97 yards, and added 12 carries for 67 yards and a touchdown. Patrick Riley caught three of those for 46 yards.
Elma scored a field goal to start the scoring in the first quarter, but Rochester took the lead on a 10-yard touchdown run by Bodey Smith to take a 6-3 lead.
Brumfield scored two touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 15-6 lead at halftime.
Lollar started off the second half with a 34-yard touchdown run, but two more touchdowns from Brumfield sealed the deal for Elma.
Rochester (2-3) begins Evergreen 2A Conference play on Friday, traveling to Chehalis to face the Bearcats.
Hoquiam Shuts Down Tenino
TENINO — Hoquiam came to Tenino and shut down the Beavers, winning 35-0 in a 1A Evergreen League game here on Friday night.
Tenino’s Miles Cannon was 2 of 5 passing for 30 yards. Jace Griffis led the Beavers on the ground with 12 carries for 53 yards. Guy Murillo caught one pass for 23 yards and Josh Tindle had six carries for 27 yards and one catch for seven yards.
“I thought our team played hard. There’s a lot of growing we need to do,” Tenino coach Cary Nagle said. “Our kids are battling and we’re going to move on to the next game.”
Hoquiam led 21-0 at halftime. Tenino (1-3, 0-1 league) hosts Forks on Friday in another league game.
EAGLES 29, WARRIORS 12
Elma 3 12 6 8 — 29
Rochester 6 0 6 0 — 12
ELM — Alejandro Hernandez 29-yard FG
ROC — Bodey Smith 10-yard run; conversion failed
ELM — Taitum Brumfield 3-yard run; kick failed
ELM — Taitum Brumfield 1-yard run; conversion failed
ROC — Bryce Lollar 34-yard run; conversion failed
ELM — Taitum Brumfield 8-yard run; conversion failed
ELM — Taitum Brumfield 4-yard run; conversion good
Team Stats ELM ROC
First Downs 20 14
Rushing Yards 246 112
Passing Yards 97 97
Total Yards 343 209
Comp-Att-Int 6-12-0 5-15-1
Fumbles/Lost 2/1 2/2
Penalties/Yards 14/90 8/71
Rushing: ELM — Taitum Brumfield 35/177; ROC — Jayden Lancaster 5/22, Bryce Lollar 12/67
Passing: ELM — Cody Vollan 6-11/97; ROC — Bryce Lollar 5-15/97
Receiving: ELM — Niall Baxter 3/38; ROC — Patrick Riley 3/46, Lancaster 2/44
WOLVES 26, TIGERS 20 OT
Centralia 0 0 7 13 0—20
Black Hills 7 0 13 0 6—26
BH — Ethan Loveless 2-yard run; Xavier Bacak kick
CEN — Jose Pineda 3-yard run; Kolby Baird kick
BH — Loveless 4-yard run; Bacak kick
BH — David Tuson 5-yard run; kick failed
CEN — Kolby Baird 63-yard pass to Tristan Dickey; Baird kick
CEN — Pineda 2-yard run; kick failed
BH — Tuson 3-yard run
Team Stats CEN BH
First Downs 7 16
Rushing Yards 212 245
Passing Yards 73 186
Total Yards 285 431
Comp-Att-Int 2-10-0 15-30-0
Fumbles/Lost 0/0 2/2
Penalties/Yards 2/10 5/23
Rushing: CEN — Pineda 26/117; Dylan Purkey 9/76; BH — Tuson 13/85, Loveless 9/83
Passing: CEN — Baird 2-10/73; BH — Loveless 15-30/186
Receiving: CEN — Dickey 1/67; BH — Josh Rogers 4/49, Kade Weitzel 2/47