PLENTY OF POINTS: Bearcats, Warriors Combine for 800 Yards in Cats’ 54-20 EvCo Win
By Aaron VanTuyl
The evening started with a stirring rendition of the National Anthem, delivered by W.F. West senior lineman Jacob Prigmore.
And following Prigmore’s operatic lead, the Bearcats hit all the high notes in a homecoming rout of Rochester.
Nole Wollan passed for 200 yards, Brandon White had 100 receiving yards and Ka’imi Henry ran for 100 yards — all in the first half — as the teams combined for over 800 yards of offense in the Bearcats’ 54-20 Evergreen 2A Conference win in Chehalis.
“It’s a game we should win, just with numbers and the whole bit, and sometimes they can get pretty sloppy, these kind of things,” Bearcat coach Bob Wollan said. “But our focus and effort was good tonight.”
W.F. West (5-1 overall) improved to 2-0 in league play with the win, and scored 28 points in the second quarter.
White, in particular, came up big, making all four of his catches for 127 yards in the first half.
“He was going up and making plays,” Wollan said of his 6-foot-8 receiver. “There was two or three 50/50 balls that he went up and took away, and that’s what we need out of him. He’s a target, and we need to take advantage of that.”
W.F. West’s first drive was a quick one, with Nole Wollan hitting Tyson Guerrero for 28 yards and Wyatt Deskins for 21 yards before Lafe Johnson plunged in from a yard out to cap the six-play, 90-second drive.
Ka’imi Henry ripped off a 37-yard run to highlight the Cats’ next drive, which spanned 83 yards in just over 70 seconds of game time. Wollan hit Brandon White with a 26-yard jump ball, setting up a 4-yard touchdown pass to Tyson Guerrero that made it 14-0 with 5:19 left in the first quarter.
Rochester found the end zone in the first quarter, though with a hand from the hosts. Daniel May recovered a muffed punt on the 9-yard line, and on the next play quarterback Bryce Lollar packed it in for a touchdown.
Lollar, a quick 6-foot-1 junior, passed for 169 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another 60.
“He haed his best game ever,” Warrior coach John Moorhead said. “He played pretty well and stepped up to the challenge.”
Wollan, the coach, agreed.
“We can’t simulate how fast they run the option,” Wollan said. “Especially early in the game, they were getting yards with their fullback (Enrique Sanchez) and Lollar. … I was worried about a couple quick strikes, and they hit a couple big plays.”
Johnson scampered up the right side for a 7-yard touchdown to start the second quarter, however, and the offense was back on track. Nole Wollan found White for a 27-yard touchdown midway through the second, and Henry broke free for a 29-yard run a few minutes later to make it 35-6.
The Warriors weren’t done, though. Lollar found Patrick Riley in the middle of the field, and Riley packed it the rest of the way for a 63-yard touchdown. Henry answered quickly with a 3-yard run, ushering in the halftime homecoming ceremony with a 42-12 lead.
Jaiyden Camoza made a splash in the second half, taking his first carry 13 yards and scoring 35- and 34-yard touchdowns on his next two runs. His second score pushed the lead to 54-12 and brought on the running clock, though Lollar added a 15-yard toss to Bodey Smith in the third quarter for the game’s final margin.
Sanchez finished with 75 rushing yards on 22 carries, and Riley caught three passes for 105 yards.
“The whole team played pretty well,” Moorhead said, calling it the Warriors’ best outing of the season. “We couldn’t capitalize on some of the drives, but they all played pretty well.”
Guerrero finished with four catches for 57 yards, and Wollan finished 14 of 19 passing for 215 yards with two touchdowns.
W.F. West plays at Black Hills on Friday, while Rochester (2-4, 0-1 league) plays at Centralia on Friday.
Note: Domonic Kim and Megan Wilks were crowned homecoming king and queen during the halftime ceremony.
BEARCATS 54, WARRIORS 20
Rochester 6 6 8 0 —20
W.F. West 14 28 12 0 —54
WFW — Lafe Johnson 1-yard run; Cory Davis kick
WFW — Nole Wollan 4-yard pass to Tyson Guerrero; Davis kick
ROC — Bryce Lollar 9-yard run; kick blocked
WFW — Johnson 7-yard run; Davis kick
WFW — Wollan 27-yard pass to Brandon White; Davis kick
WFW — Ka’imi Henry 29-yard run; Davis kick
ROC — Lollar 63-yard pass to Patrick Riley; run failed
WFW — Henry 3-yard run; Davis kick
WFW — Jaiyden Camoza 35-yard run; kick failed
WFW — Camoza 34-yard run; kick failed
ROC — Lollar 15-yard pass to Bodey Smith; Lollar run
Team Stats ROC WFW
First Downs 13 14
Rushing Yards 172 254
Passing Yards 169 215
Total Yards 341 469
Comp-Att-Int 1-16-0 14-19-0
Fumbles/Lost 1/1 1/1
Penalties/Yards 2/20 3/15
Rushing: ROC — Enrique Sanchez 22/75, Lollar 11/60; WFW — Henry 7/101, Camoza 3/82
Passing: ROC — Lollar 4-14/169; WFW — Wollan 14-19/215
Receiving: ROC — Riley 3/105, Smith 3/64; WFW — White 4/127, Guerrero 4/57, Wyatt Deskins 2/29