CENTRALIA — Devin Kelly lifted Hoquiam’s offense onto his shoulder pads and rushed for 110 yards on 18 carries and three touchdowns, but host Centralia came away with the win, 36-22, in a non-league season opener on Friday night.
Kelly opened the scoring with a 25-yard scoring run in the first quarter, then added an 84-yard kickoff return for a touchdown early in the second quarter.
Kelly finished his scoring, as well as the Grizzlies’, with a 6-yard touchdown run and a two-point conversion late in the second half for a 22-22 tie score at halftime.
Brenner Carlstrom kicked two PATs before the two-point conversion run.
In the second half, the Tigers took control and limited the Grizzlies to just 169 yards of offense overall.
“They controlled the line of scrimmage,” said Grizzly coach Rick Moore. “That was the key to their win.”
Moore cited defensive standouts Michael Harris and Carlstrom. Carlstrom, leading the offense at quarterback, was 2-for-4 for 18 yards and two interceptions.
Carlstrom added 23 yards rushing on eight attempts and Michael Harris ran for 18 yards on six carries.
Along with Carlstrom’s interceptions, Hoquiam lost two fumbles. Centralia had just one turnover, a fumble.
On Saturday, Sept. 14, Hoquiam will be at home at Olympic Stadium to greet rival Aberdeen.