OYEHUT — Tagged as the No. 1 Class 2B team in the state by the sports media and the computer rankings, Morton-White Pass showed it deserved that distinction on Friday night.
Delivering a quick-strike offense that never allowed seventh-ranked North Beach to get into this non-league contest, the Timberwolves packed up a 55-14 victory over the Hyaks at Lt. Jim Davis Field.
Senior quarterback Rylon Kolb accounted for six touchdowns — four passes to Kalen Dunlap, a reception from Brian Reynolds and a 1-yard plunge — for Morton-White Pass (8-0). Reynolds scored two rushing touchdowns as well.
North Beach’s Carson Ketter had a hand in both of the Hyaks’ touchdowns — one rushing and one passing.
“The game plan was one play at a time, one drive at a time,” North Beach head coach Todd Bridge said. “Yeah, that’s the blitzkrieg. This is what we’ve seen the last two years. They hit hard. They don’t go down. It is a gang-tackle every time. It is the lightning strike (offense).”
The first three touchdowns of the game came in a 3-minute span, two of them for the visitors.
Dunlap raced down the sideline and hauled in a 71-yard scoring pass from Kolb for the opening touchdown. Kolb, chased by the Hyaks’ defense, threw a 30-yard touchdown on the run to Dunlap for their second connection and a 14-0 lead.
On the ensuing possession for the Hyaks (6-2), Ketter found an opening on the left side and sprinted untouched for a 78-yard touchdown run. Gabe Hernandez threw to Pedro Gonzalez for the 2-point conversion at 14-8 with 5:48 left in the first quarter.
The home crowd was enthusiastic for the run and the score. However, it was all Timberwolves thereafter.
Kolb found Dunlap again for a 29-yard scoring pass. Reynolds ran in his first of two touchdowns from 1-yard out and then threw to Kolb on a halfback pass 30 yards for a touchdown.
All three scoring plays capped drives of six plays or less to MWP a 34-8 lead early in the second quarter.
“The Reynolds kid, he’s almost (former Montesano great Adam) Bighill-like,” Bridge added. “He’s a strong young man, classy young man. He’s one of the best I’ve seen in a very long time. Their quarterback (Kolb) has developed significantly over the last couple of years.”
Reynolds broke out a 37-yard scoring run and Dunlap laid out for a 27-yard touchdown pass play from Kolb for a 48-8 halftime score.
The second half was played with the mercy-rule running clock, with coaches agreeing that only team timeouts would stop the clock.
Kolb finished the T’Wolves’ scoring with a 1-yard plunge on the first drive of the second half.
North Beach got onto the scoreboard midway through the fourth quarter when Ketter hit Hernandez on a 14-yard scoring pass.
North Beach had one last drive for a touchdown, calling timeout twice with 20 seconds left to play. Morton-White Pass, which had its second-string players in the game, recalled its first-string defense and stuffed the Hyaks to end the game.
“We talked all week about weathering the storm and the scoreboard was the storm,” Bridge said. “You focus on the storm, you will sink. You have to keep focused and do the little things. If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best. If you want to beat the best, you have to prepare.”
On Halloween, North Beach will travel to Ocosta in the final regular season game.