Wishkah drops wild one, 78-70 in overtime

VANCOUVER — In the end, Jay Becker’s all-around talents proved to be a bit too much for an inspired Wishkah team.

Becker passed for six touchdowns, including one in overtime, and scored three himself as King’s Way Christian outlasted the Loggers, 78-70, in a wild non-league football game Friday night at Vancouver.

The contest lased 4 hours and 20 minutes, including a 20-minute delay when the lights went out at the end of regulation. The coaches had informally agreed to call it a tie had the outage lasted much longer, but power was restored at about 9:55 p.m. The game had started at 6 p.m.

Keigan Gardiner ran 12 yards for a touchdown — his fifth TD of the contest — and Chris Thein took a conversion pass to give the Loggers (3-2) a 70-58 lead with 3:35 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Becker, however, returned the ensuing kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown. The Knights got the ball back and Becker ripped off another scoring run to tie it with 38 seconds left.

Getting the first possession of overtime, King’s Way took its first lead of the game when Becker hit Josiah Tully on an 18-yard touchdown throw and a conversion pass. The Loggers subsequently lost a fumbled snap to end the contest.

Despite being outnumbered considerably in terms of roster size, the Loggers performed impressively against King’s Way, a Class 1A school that is unbeaten while competing as an 8-man independent.

“We knew were going to play a very good 1A team,” Wishkah coach Mike Mitchell said. “We wanted to go out and prove a point. We weren’t there to beat the grass down, we were out there to compete. These boys, they left everything on the field.”

Gardiner rushed for 127 yards and scored five touchdowns. In addition to the aforementioned 12-yard scrimmage run, he tallied on passes of 58 and 11 yards from Jace Anderson, a 61-yard interception return and a 75-yard kickoff return.

Anderson completed 17 of 23 passes for 253 yards and three TDs, including a scoring pass to Robert Rodriguez. He also had a 4-yard touchdown run.

Bo Barber rushed for 73 yards on 19 carries, broke a 35-yard TD run and had five conversions runs. Wishkah’s other touchdown came on Gardiner’s 22-yard halfback pass to Dillon Mitchell. The latter also caught a conversion pass.

Rodriguez caught five passes for 109 yards.

The scrambling Becker, meanwhile, passed for 244 yards and rushed for 187 more. Tully caught all six of his scoring passes.

The Loggers will stay closer to home Saturday when they journey to Lake Quinault.