Friday Night Football Notebook: Fourth down? No problem for Montesano


Montesano raised a few eyebrows in its 38-0 conquest of Aberdeen by going for first downs in apparent punting situations on Friday.

The Bulldogs eschewed the punt on fourth-and-four from their own 41-yard line while leading only 7-0 in the first quarter, from fourth-and-two from midfield in the second period and on fourth-and-11 from the Aberdeen 40 early in the third quarter.

They made the first down on the first two occasions, with quarterback Matthew Jensen hitting Ben Ohashi on a 40-yard touchdown pass the third time.

Bulldog coach Terry Jensen admitted he might not have gambled in a league contest, but described the plays as a way of “keeping momentum going” in this contest. The Bulldogs punted only once in the contest.

A Viking night

Willapa Valley started its season on Friday with a convincing 47-0 win over a young, inexperienced and depleted South Bend squad at Crogstad Field in Menlo. While the Indians’s future is now with a team that is learning on the job, the Vikings got a nice preview of what life will look like in the near future. Freshmen Trevor Cook, Jason Fluke, Hunter Gray and Seth Flemetis orchestrated the Valley veer offense for nearly three quarters of the contest, outgaining their varsity counterparts, 209-123. OK, the varsity only got just over one quarter to amass their rushing total, but it was an impressive debut by the four frosh players. … Flemetis led all rushers with 90 yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns. His first carry of the night was a 44-yard touchdown run up the middle. Cook added 87 yards on eight carries and one score, a 25-yard inside-out run that was opened up by solid blocking to seal the right edge of the line of scrimmage. Not to be outdone, junior Cody Buchanan led the varsity starters with 67 yards on four carries, including a 25-yard touchdown run that ended the first unit’s night 15 seconds into the second quarter. … South Bend’s night wasn’t all bad. The Indians saw a valiant effort from their young squad. Junior running back Marcus Overstake led the offense with 20 yards rushing on nine carries.

Around Western Washington

Shelton 42, Tumwater 21 — For the first time since 1998, the Highclimbers registered a victory over the Thunderbirds and they did it by running the football. As reported in The Olympian, Shelton gained 476 of its 508 yards on the ground, led by senior Ralph Kinne’s 328 yards and three touchdowns. … King’s 42, Lynden 39 — Montesano and Hoquiam should take note of this score. The two Evergreen 1A rivals each met King’s of Shoreline in the Class 1A state playoffs last year, with the Grizzlies falling and the Bulldogs prevailing. On Friday night, as reported in The Seattle Times, the Knights won a back-and-forth affair with the reigning Class 2A champions, Lynden, at home. Billy Green threw for 270 yards on 20-of-29 attempts and five touchdowns in the win. … Aberdeen’s two Longview rivals in the Greater St. Helens 2A League fell on their season openers as well. Kelso 17, Mark Morris 7 — The Hilanders scored 17 unanswered points and showed off their defense in this win over the Monarchs. As reported in The Longview Daily News, Hayden Tapani scored Mark Morris’ lone touchdown, a 7-yard run, in the first quarter. … Battle Ground 41, R.A. Long 27 — The Tigers’ Kevin Haynes blistered the Lumberjacks’ defense in this season opener. As reported in The Longview Daily News, Haynes ran for 316 yards and finished with five total touchdowns for Battle Ground. Jacob Yordy, who ran for 258 yards and three touchdowns against Aberdeen in last year’s 42-41 non-league win at Stewart Field, ran for 79 yards and one touchdown (a 46-yard sprint) and caught four passes for 72 yards. … Cashmere 39, Cascade Christian 0 — One of the biggest shockers of the opening week came in Cashmere, as the Bulldogs handled perennial state power Cashmere with surprising ease. While Cashmere is also traditionally ranked high in state polls, Cascade Christian has played in the state 1A championship game in each of the past five years. Cascade Christian will host Montesano on Saturday night.