Taholah’s offense turns over the century mark in win over King’s Way Christian


VANCOUVER — Boasting speed and strength gained as the season has progressed, Taholah hit all the right notes offensively against an offensive-minded King’s Way Christian team on Saturday afternoon.

Behind six touchdowns by Wade Purdy and four more from Justin Curleybear, the Chitwhins cracked the 100-point barrier for the first time in school history in a 108-42 non-league eight-man football game victory over the Knights.

Taholah (4-3) scored 80 points in the first half, including a 48-0 second quarter, and never looked back. In all, the Chitwhins scored 14 touchdowns and 11 2-point conversion plays.

“There were a lot of two-play drives; it was crazy,” Taholah head coach Donald Waugh said. “Our front-line players have been superb and we’re starting to figure out where the kids belong and what is working for us. We were flowing on all cylinders today. Our second string was just as effective as the first string. The entire team is starting to come around.”

Four of Wade Purdy’s touchdown runs came in the second quarter. Leading 32-20, the Chitwhins turned up the offense in the frame. Keanu Curleybear ran a touchdown in from 30 yards out. A safety, shared by George Buck and Joseph Winn, added to the scoring at 42-20.

From there, Purdy took over, scoring from 30, 30, 23 and 23 yards out to establish an 80-20 halftime score. Purdy started the scoring with a 10-yard touchdown run and finished his day with an 80-yard touchdown sprint in the third quarter. Purdy also scored one 2-point conversion run.

Justin Curleybear scored twice in the first quarter on long runs of 50 and 70 yards. He added a 72-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and ended the game with an 86-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Curleybear accounted for four 2-point conversions as well.

Jon Jackson added two touchdown runs and two 2-point conversion runs and Mikey Underwood scored one touchdown and two 2-point conversions.

Quarterback Keanu Curleybear ran in one touchdown for himself, a 30-yard sprint to start the second quarter, and threw for three 2-point conversion plays. Two of those passes were caught by Otto Tanner and another by Cleve Jackson.

The entire second half of the contest was played with the 40-point state mandated mercy rule running clock, but it didn’t slow down either team — 48 points were scored in the half.

King’s Way Christian’s Jay Becker accounted for all of his team’s touchdowns — three rushing touchdowns and three passing touchdowns. In all, the junior signal-caller ran for 300 yards and added another 106 yards passing.

“Jay Becker is one elusive guy,” Waugh added. “We were able to close off the edge against him and put a lot of pressure on him. (Joseph and Derek) Winn really brought the pressure. Our cover guys were able to play aggressively and more times than not, Becker was on the run and didn’t have time to set up in the pocket and throw. Every time they handed off, we had guys four yards into their backfield. The boys really smothered them.”

On Saturday, Taholah will travel to Stewart Field in Aberdeen to take on Wishkah. Game time is 1 p.m., a start time change to accommodate Wishkah’s Homecoming festivities.