2A Football: Centralia Runs Wild Over Rochester
Homecoming Party: Adrienne Martinez Tallies Three Touchdowns in EvCo Win
By Jordan Nailon
Having garnered only 21 points combined in their previous two games, the Tigers picked a great night to bust out the offensive fireworks. With a homecoming crowd filling the stands at Tiger Stadium on Friday Centralia was able to pounce on Rochester early and often en route to a 55-21 victory over their Evergreen 2A Conference foes from across the county line.
The Tiger offense was paced by senior fullback Adrienne Martinez, making his first primetime contributions of the season. Martinez got the scoring started in the first quarter when he picked up 55 yards on three carries in the Tigers’ opening drive, including a 1-yard touchdown rush. When it was all said and done, Martinez had amassed three touchdown runs and 112 total yards on 12 carries.
“Getting Adrienne back and some other kids healthy was a big deal. He’s a big load to bring down. He runs violent,” noted Centralia coach Jeremy Thibault. “He runs really angry and hard. We just got him back out. He had some classroom issues to work out, and then he got banged up a little bit, so we thought this would be a good coming out party for him tonight.”
While Centralia wound up running away from the Warriors with a wide open throttle, Rochester was able to keep things close for a brief moment in time. That moment came immediately after Martinez’ first score when Enrique Sanchez-Hope got loose for a 63-yard scoring streak on the very first play of the Warriors’ drive to knot the game up at 7-7 with 7:10 remaining in the first quarter. Sanchez-Hope would finish the game with a team-high 96 rushing yards on 11 carries.
With a mob of black and orange adorned fans in attendance, though, Centralia had no intention of playing the role of courteous host. Over the next 11 minutes they put up 28-unanswered points and managed to push their lead all the way out to 42-7 just before halftime. First, Martinez mashed his way into the endzone from 9 yards out and then Colby Sobolesky-Reynolds added a one yard scoring rush to the tally. Eduardo Matias then got in on the fun with a one yard scoring run of his own before Tanner DeMonbrun connected with Blaine Wass for a touchdown on an 18-yard swing pass. That score was set up by a Caleb Simpson interception that he returned 15 yards into the red zone.
Then, with less than a minute remaining in the half DeMonbrun rushed for a 12-yard touchdown that included a hit-stick flourish across the goal line.
Centralia was able to hold Rochester to just 57 passing yards and fewer than 300 total yards of offense for the game. Most importantly, they were able to minimize the damage from big plays while forcing the Warriors to grind out their attack.
“We tried to force the pitch on option because their dive was going to shred us, like it did. I think them pitching the ball and having to throw the ball was the key to the game,” explained Thibault.
The Tigers’ coach even had kind words for his defensive secondary, which has suffered through its fair share of growing pains thus far this season.
“They are all capable kids, that’s what actually frustrates all of us coaches. It’s not like they are unathletic or they’re not coachable. We’ve just had some bad luck,” Thibault said. “We’ve been waiting for those kids to step up.”
In addition to Simpson’s first half interception for Centralia, his teammate Brogan Buitenbos hauled in an interception on the final play of the game.
In the second half Rochester was able to draw first blood when Grayson Johnson got loose for a 44-yard scoring scamper, but that outburst seemed only to re-energize the Tigers’ efforts. By the time the third frame was over Martinez had added another 13-yard scoring run to his total and Tyler Milton had gotten in on the fun with a 28-yard end-around score from his wide receiver position.
Martinez explained that the key to his running style is to never shy away from a hit. He also made sure to express his appreciation for the blocking efforts of his linemen crew, like Justus Kuykendall and Paris Chavez.
“We’ve got some explosive kids. Some good kids,” Martinez said.
He even had love for his fellow skill position players on both sides of the ball.
“Brandon Peck with that big hit, and then we’ve got Blaine Wass with the big catch. We’ve got some good players,” added Martinez, who also plays middle linebacker.
Martinez added that being able to get the league victory in front of a big home crowd was an important accomplishment for his fellow seniors who have been grinding to help bring Centralia back to its former prominence on the gridiron.
“It means a lot, honestly. It really does mean a lot,” Martinez said. “This one in particular because it’s my senior year and my last homecoming and I’m just trying to go out with a bang.”
In the fourth quarter Rochester was able to add one more score when quarterback Daniel May scored on a run from four yards out. By that time though the game was already out of reach and the clock had reached a permanently running state in order to help usher in a more merciful ending.
In addition to Martinez’ output, Blaine Wass added 94 yards rushing and another 37 yards receiving. Tyler DeMonbrun finished 4 of 5 passing for 107 yards and a touchdown to go with his own personal scoring run.
That sort of production put a smile on the face of Thibault as the pep band played the fight song with extra gusto after the game.
“I tell them that I’d like to buy them for what they think they’re worth and sell them for what they’re really worth. I’d be a rich man,” Thibault said. “They just lack some of the confidence sometimes that you get from playing this game and play the underdog role.”
Centralia (2-5, 1-2 league) will host W.F. West on Friday. Rochester (1-6, 0-3 league) will host Aberdeen Friday.
TIGERS 55, WARRIORS 21
Rochester 7 0 7 7 — 21
Centralia 21 21 13 0 — 55
CEN — Adrienne Martinez 1-yard run; Chase Sobolesky-Reynolds kick
ROC — Enrique Sanchez-Hope 63-yard run; Sanchez-Hope kick
CEN — Martinez 9-yard run; Ch. Sobolesky-Reynolds kick
CEN — Colby Sobolesky-Reynolds 1-yard run; Ch. Sobolesky-Reynolds kick
CEN — Eduardo Matias 1-yard run; Ch. Sobolesky-Reynolds kick
CEN — Tanner DeMonbrun 18-yard pass to Blaine Wass; Ch. Sobolesky-Reynolds kick
ROC — Grayson Johnson 44-yard run; Kick good
CEN — Martinez 13-yard run; Ch. Sobolesky-Reynolds kick
CEN — Tyler Milton 28-yard run; Conversion failed
ROC — Daniel May 4-yard run; Kick good
Team Stats ROC CEN
First Downs 12 14
Rushing Yards 235 290
Passing Yards 57 107
Total Yards 292 397
Comp-Att-Int 4-12-2 4-5-0
Fumbles/Lost 3/1 0/0
Penalties/Yards 7/40 4/19
Rushing: ROC — Enrique Sanchez-Hope 11/96/1, Grayson Johnson 7/66/1; CEN — Adrienne Martinez 12/107/3, Blaine Wass 4/94/1
Passing: ROC — Daniel May 4-12/57; CEN — Tanner DeMonbrun 4-5/107
Receiving: ROC — Patrick Riley 3/45, Enrique Sanchez-Hope 1/12 1/25; CEN — Blaine Wass 1/18, Tyler Milton 1/35, Alejandro Valencia 1/21