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State 2B Football: Titans Send Friday Harbor Packing with 46-0 Drubbing

Images from a State 2B football game between Pe Ell-Willapa Valley and Friday Harbor in Menlo on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017.

State Playoffs: Pe Ell-Willapa Valley Earns Date With Top Ranked Kalama

By Jordan Nailon

jnailon@chronline.com

MENLO – As per usual, Pe Ell-Willapa Valley employed its deep stable of playmakers here Friday afternoon on the way to a thorough 46-0 pummeling of Friday Harbor in the first round of the State 2B football playoffs.

That good old-fashioned woodshed whipping, which saw the Titans outgain their foes 423 to 101 in terms of total offense, earned the Coastal Division champions a road date with the No. 1 ranked Kalama Chinooks on Friday. That’ s a daunting matchup for any team, but PWV is unlikely to shy away from the challenge. For at least one day, though, the Titans faithful were happy to bask in the afterglow of a crowd-pleasing home playoff victory.

“We tried to stop their run game, and we did,” said PWV coach Josh Fluke, who noted that the Wolverines appeared to be a run heavy team on film, preferring a I-formation and single-wing sets. “We talked about that all week.”

The swarming Titan defense stymied Friday Harbor from the outset and forced the Wolverines to try their luck through the air. As it turned out, that gamble did not pay dividends for Friday Harbor, who had to take a ferry on Friday and then sleep over in Tumwater in order to reach Pacific County by game time.

The Wolverines wound up throwing the ball 13 times for 24 yards on three receptions, but just as many of those passes ended up in the clutches of the Titans. Max Smith came up with the first interception, thwarting a promising Friday Harbor drive in the second quarter and giving PWV a possession that the ultimately turned into eight points. Then, on the first series of the second half, Ryan Shepherd jumped a Wolverine pass and returned it 40 yards for a touchdown that gave PWV a 40-0 lead and allowed the clock mercifully wind down unimpeded. Cub Bair came down with the Titans’ final pick by pulling down an errant halfback pass during desperation time in the fourth quarter.

That shutout defensive effort was anchored by Smith, who had 12 tackles, including six solo tackles. Hezekiah Carter added nine tackles while Shepherd and Tyson Nissell added eight each.

Smith also led the PWV offense with 140 rushing yards and two touchdowns, the first of which went of 30 yards to break the seal on the scoring. On his second excursion Smith broke loose for a 46-yard touchdown run just before halftime that gave the Titans a commanding 34-0 lead.

“Obviously Max Smith just tore it up today,” said Fluke.

Peter Hamilton also added two touchdowns, with jaunts of 24 and 46 yards. Tyson Nissell added a 3-yard scoring dive of his own and the Titans showed they do know how to play newfangled forward pass football when quarterback Matt Pearson found Shepherd on a crossing route for a 34-yard touchdown toss.

Fluke was happy with the throwing game success but he knows that the ground-and-pound running game is the team’s identity.

“We just pounded the football and got all of our good backs involved,” said Fluke. “We just try to share the wealth because that way a team can’t come in and key on one guy.”

Fluke noted that an all-hands-on-deck effort to prepare for a top notch Kalama squad would begin Sunday in order to try to stop the high-flying Chinooks on their home turf.

“It seems like they like to pass and they are stacked across the board,” noted Fluke.

Pe Ell-Willapa Valley (9-2) will play at Kalama (11-0) on Friday at 7 p.m.


At Menlo

TITANS 46, WOLVERINES 0

Friday Harbor    0    0    0    0    — 0

Pe Ell-WV    19    15    6    6    — 46

 

Scoring Summary

PWV – Max Smith 30-yard run; Carson Cox kick

PWV – Matt Pearson 34-yard pass to Ryan Shepherd; kick fail

PWV – Tyson Nissell 3-yard run; Conversion fail

PWV – Peter Hamilton 24-yard run; Smith run

PWV – Max Smith 24-yard run; Cox kick

PWV – Shepherd 40-yard interception return; kick fail

PWV – Hamilton 46-yard run; kick fail

 

Team Stats        FRI        PWV

First Downs        6        113

Rushing Yards        77        389

Passing Yards        24        34

Total Yards        101        423

Comp-Att-Int        3-13-3        1-3-1

Fumbles/Lost        2/2        1/0

Penalties/Yards    5/35        7/75

 

Individual Stats

Rushing: FRI —Emron Geiser 18/41; PWV — Max Smith 16/140, Peter Hamilton 11/115, Tyson Nissell 9/41

Passing: FRI — Jaden Jones 3/13-24; PWV — Matt Pearson 1/3-34

Receiving: FRI — Jed Western 3/24; PWV — Ryan Shepherd 1/34

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