Eagles 15, Spartans 14
FORKS — Layne Sutten’s 9-yard touchdown pass to Todd Swinhart with 1:19 remaining earned Elma a playoff berth with a dramatic win over Forks in Evergreen 1A League play Friday night at Forks.
The victory assured the Eagles (3-2, 4-4) one of the league’s four slots in the district crossover playoffs in two weeks.
“For us, what we’ve gone through the last few years, it’s a pretty big deal,” Elma coach Jim Hill said.
Sutten’s pass to Swinhart capped a 60-yard drive in the game’s waning moments.
The Eagles, however, had to survive a final Forks threat. The Spartans marched to Elma’s 7-yard line but came up short on a 24-yard field goal attempt as time expired.
Elma’s Brian Maslen opened the scoring with a 1-yard TD run in the second quarter. A bad snap foiled the conversion, but Reynaldo Ayala booted a 21-yard field goal for a 9-0 lead.
The Spartans scored the next 14 points to set up the dramatic conclusion.
“It rained pretty hard,” Hill said. “It was pretty sloppy on both sides.”
Swinhart, who had nine catches for 159 yards, was cited for his play on both sides of the ball. Sutten passed for 175 yards.
The Eagles will host Montesano in the East County Civil War on Friday.
Vikings 43, Indians 0
SOUTH BEND — Fourth-ranked Willapa Valley played with intensity and rushed for 285 yards to blank South Bend, 43-0, in Pacific League play on Friday at Millam Field.
The unbeaten Vikings (4-0, 7-0) ran 42 times and led 28-0 at halftime. The Vikings recovered five fumbles.
Matt Konigsberger and Cody Buchanan each scored for the Vikings in the first quarter. Buchanan was the leading rusher with five carries for 92 yards and two TDs, including a second run into the end zone in the second quarter. Konigsberger also scored in the third quarter.
Markus Eastham scored in the second quarter and added seven tackles for the Vikings.
With 10:33 to go in the fourth quarter, Jason Fluke ran the ball in for the final score of the game.
David Rockett ran eight times for 75 yards. Zach Friese was the defensive standout with nine tackles, including seven solo tackles.
“I was very pleased with the intensity with which we played after having a bye week,” said Valley head coach Greg Wonhoff. “We focused on this game alone and did not look ahead to the following week’s big game with Raymond. We will pick up our intensity for that one.”
Mitch Edwards rushed for 42 yards for the Tribe (0-4, 0-7). Ryan Overstake added 36 yards rushing.
“We’re showing improvement, but we need to sustain things offensively,” said South Bend head coach Tom Sanchez. “Defensively, we’re competing. That’s the name of the game, but we’re a little bit overmatched.”
Sanchez cited defenders Colton Church and Ryan and Marcus Overstake for fine all-around performances.
Valley will visit Raymond on Thursday with the league championship at stake. South Bend hits the road to Naselle on that same night.
Timberwolves 48, Hyaks 8
RANDLE — Despite limiting first-ranked Morton/White Pass to 21 points in the first half, North Beach fell to the Timberwolves in a non-league game on Friday at Randle.
In the previous matchup between the two teams last year, the score was 49-0 at halftime.
In the fourth quarter, the Hyaks (3-5) marched down the field and scored against the Timberwolves’ first defensive unit on an 18-yard pass from Carson Ketter to Steven Fry. Ketter and Fry also combined for the 2-point conversion.
Pedro Gonzalez was the leading rusher for the Hyaks with 15 carries for 50 yards.
“Our defense up through halftime was amazing,” said Hyak head coach Todd Bridge. “Our offense scored against their varsity. We made them (the Timberwolves) play football in the second half and they’re not used to that.”
Bridge praised Jake Brown, Ketter, and Jordan Chong for fine performances.
North Beach hosts Ocosta on Thursday.
Comets 42, Wildcats 12
WESTPORT— Ocosta’s defense didn’t allow Naselle any big plays, but the Wildcat offense couldn’t match the Comets in this Pacific League game Friday night at Westport.
Alex Herrera returned a kickoff 80 yards for Ocosta’s first touchdown in the third quarter. Connor Maben added a 2-yard TD run in the fourth quarter for the Wildcats.