RAINIER — Hoquiam’s first (and only) road trip outside of Grays Harbor was an enjoyable experience. Rainier may beg to differ.
The state-ranked Grizzlies kept their offensive momentum going, while gaining some on defense and special teams, to thump the Mountaineers, 63-0, in an Evergreen 1A football contest on Friday night.
Offensively, Hoquiam (4-0, 7-0) finished with just 295 yards on the night, 286 on the ground. The rest of the team’s efforts came on defense and special teams, including three touchdowns.
Devin Kelly ran back a punt 70 yards for a touchdown, Nolan Hoiness started the second half with an 80-yard kick return for a touchdown and Alex Munoz returned a fumble 12 yards for a score.
“We got a ton of special team play tonight,” HHS head coach Jason Ronquillo said. “They came up pretty big and the defense scored. That put us in a position where we didn’t have to run an offense very much. I felt we ran the ball effectively, the defense played well and the reserve players played exceptionally well.”
Leading 48-0 at halftime, Hoquiam’s reserves finished out the first half and played all of the second half.
Hoiness finished with two touchdown runs from 25 and 18 yards out and three scores overall. Paul Girts started the scoring with a 4-yard touchdown, Evan Erickson ran one in from 24 yards out and Tyler White scored twice for the reserves — a 65-yard gallop to end the first half and a 43-yard sprint in the fourth quarter.
Erickson, who only completed one pass for six yards at quarterback, kicked seven point-after tries and threw a 2-point conversion at the end on a busted play to Drew Bravos.
Ronquillo cited Kelly and Munoz, as well as reserves White on offense and Michael Harris on defense.
On Friday, Hoquiam stays home to take on Tenino in a key league matchup.