MONTESANO — As it developed, the eighth annual Montesano Football Jamboree was dominated by non-Harbor teams.
Tenino and Centralia each won both of their mini-games in a six-team jamboree Friday night at Rottle Field.
Centralia unofficially downed Montesano, 6-0, and Aberdeen, 13-6, while Tenino topped Elma, 13-0, and Hoquiam, 7-0, in 20-play contests.
Tenino, under the direction of former Hoquiam coach Randy Swilley, unofficially was awarded the jamboree “championship” on the basis of point differential. Since scores aren’t officially recorded in jamborees, no trophy is likely to be forthcoming.
Montesano trounced Aberdeen, 20-0, while Elma edged Hoquiam, 14-12, in the other contests.
The jamboree marked the first football event at Rottle Field since the grandstand, destroyed by fire during Monte’s 2012 state championship season, was rebuilt last spring.
A decent-sized crowd witnessed a series of entertaining — if typically informal — mini-games.
Not only were coaches on the field as varsity and JV contests were conducted simultaneously on opposite sides of the 50-yard line, but the captains engaged in rock-scissors-paper competition in lieu of coin flips to determine which team had the opening possession in each game.
The best news of the night was that the event was completed without apparent significant injuries.
Elma 14, Hoquiam 12
Two conversions by all-Evergreen 1A League placekicker Steven Persell proved the difference in perhaps the most competitive of the contests.
After opening the mini-game with a 20-yard run, Hoquiam’s Tyler White scored on an 8-yard jaunt three players later. The Grizzlies also scored on the last of their 10 allotted plays when Michael Harris punched it in from one yard out. Neither conversion, however, was successful.
Breaking tackles near the line of scrimmage, Elma’s Rio Ortega shook free on what was officially a 40-yard scoring run to trim the decifit to 12-7. Although no plays were supposed to originate from beyond the 40-yard line, the ball on this occasion was marked closer to the 43 after Persell was nailed for a loss on the previous play.
The Eagles also scored on their next possession. After hitting Justin Spencer on a 23-yard completion, junior quarterback Tristan Robinette took it in on a keeper from 4 yards out.
Montesano 20, Aberdeen 0
The Bulldogs racked up 125 yards in their 10 plays against the Bobcats.
Junior running back Kylar Prante sandwiched touchdown runs of 11 and 35 yards around Jake Herzog’s 26-yard scoring pass to a wide-open Kaleb Chastain.
Montesano running back-turned-quarterback Anthony Louthan, limited to placekicking duties by a broken hand, booted two of the three conversions.
A high snap from center in the shotgun formation blunted Aberdeen’s chief threat after the Bobcats had reached Monte’s 20-yard line.
Centralia 6, Montesano 0
The Class 2A Tigers scored on their final play for the lone TD of this contest.
Montesano’s swarming defense had kept the Tigers at bay through eight plays. But Centralia’s Gavin Kerner took a 36-yard pass from Joe Aliff down to the 4-yard line, then swept the left side for the touchdown on the next play.
Thanks primarily to Herzog’s 24-yard pass to Prante, the Bulldogs were on the Tiger 2-yard line for their final play, but Herzog was stacked up shy of the goal on a quarterback draw.
Tenino 13, Elma 0
Reigning Evergreen 1A champion Tenino demonstrated a strong ground attack against Elma.
Running back Thomas Pier motored 13 yards on fourth-and-eight to set up quarterback Calvin Guzman’s 2-yard touchdown run.
That left the Beavers two snaps to reach its 10-play allotment. They made good on them as Pier followed Guzman’s 12-yard pass to Nihls Peterson by breaking a 28-yard scoring run.
After a dead-ball personal foul penalty moved the ball back, Guzman boomed a 35-yard conversion kick for the final point.
Centralia 13, Aberdeen 6
Kerner swept the left side for a 40-yard scoring run on this contest’s opening play.
Aliff hooked up with Riley Christensen on a 27-yard TD pass five plays later.
The Bobcats, who moved the ball fairly well in both mini-games, finally found the end zone on Carter Harris’ 7-yard quarterback keeper. Joel Dublanko contributed a 14-yard run and Harris logged another 20 yards on a pair of completions to Braden Castleberry-Taylor during that drive.
Tenino 7, Hoquiam 0
Zeb Chamberlain’s 13-yard halfback pass to Spencer Brewer on fourth down represented the lone marker against Hoquiam. Guzman again tacked on the PAT.
Hoquiam’s Bubba Dick and Jeff Capoeman each turned in decent performances in dividing time at quarterback. Dick scrambled 26 yards on the Grizzlies’ final play, but was taken down on the Beaver 5.
The four Grays Harbor teams will start playing for real next Friday. Aberdeen hosts River Ridge, Hoquiam is home against Meridian of Bellingham and Montesano entertains Black Hills, while Elma travels to Klahowya.