Air Attack: Pearson Connects with Shepherd for Three Scores
By Jordan Nailon
RANDLE – The Titans made the long slog out to East Lewis County Friday night and quickly found themselves in a prickly predicament. After advancing the ball near midfield on their first drive of the game, a pass from Pe Ell-Willapa Valley quarterback Matt Pearson glanced off of his receiver’s hands before being hauled in by his counterpart, Morton-White Pass quarterback/defensive back Kaleb Rashoff.
Getting on his giddyup Rashoff returned the ball a few dozen yards back to the 14-yard line of the Titans and set his team up for what seemed a sure score in the early going. Decidedly nonplussed, Pe Ell-Willapa Valley’s defense simply refused to budge until they forced a turnover on downs.
Ultimately PWV walked away from White Pass High School with a 20-0 nonleague victory and plenty of momentum to keep their motors running all the way back out state Route 6. Titans head coach Josh Fluke said that impressive redzone stand was imperative to bolstering his team’s confidence coming off a disappointing week one loss to Adna.
“I thought we showed a lot of heart there. We needed that, especially after the interception and facing a team that hung 59 points on Mossyrock last week,” said Fluke at halftime.
The Titans found paydirt with 4:00 remaining in the second quarter when Pearson lofted an arching pass to Ryan Shepherd on a seam route that Shepherd corralled as he tumbled across the goalline to take a 6-0 lead.
PWV lit up the scoreboard later in the second quarter when they covered 58 yards in 1:30 of game time. That efficient scoring drive was capped off with an 8-yard pass from Pearson to Shepherd with just 14 seconds left in half.
While PWV did their thing, the Timberwolves struggled to find a foothold, fumbling the ball twice and throwing three interceptions to go with six penalties for 45 yards. On one series in the first half they were hit with three holding or blocking penalties in a row around midfield and wound up facing a dreaded first-and-38 scenario. All together the miscues were just too much for MWP to overcome.
“They just capitalized on our mistakes honestly, and turned them into points,” said MWP coach Lee Metcalf. “If you look at the stats tonight it’s not pretty.”
The Titans added to their lead in the third quarter when a sustained drive of power run after power run culminated with a five yard scoring push from Peter Hamilton. Pearson put a 2-point bow on the scoring drive with a pass to Shepherd.
Pearson finished the game 9 of 12 passing for 112 yards and two touchdowns tossed to Shepherd. The rushing game was divvied up quite evenly between Tyson Nissell, Hamilton and Max Smith who finished with 68, 45 and 42 yard rushing, respectively, for the Titans.
“They had that one good drive there in the third quarter that just ate up a ton of clock. That hurt,” said Metcalf.
Metcalf admitted that things went a little haywire for his crew in the early going but he was proud of the way they battled for four quarters.
“We regrouped at halftime. We were getting a little bit chippy with each other toward the end of the first half,” said Metcalf. “We had some challenges this week because of the smoke so we had to practice in the gym two days. But I don’t want to make excuses. We just have to get back to work.”
Gavyn Higdon led the Morton-White Pass offense with 55 rushing yards on 11 carries. Matt Poquette added 23 yards on three catches.
“I thought Carson Lewis did a really good job for us defensively tonight,” added Metcalf of his senior linebacker.
Next Friday Morton-White Pass (1-1) will host Napavine while Pe Ell-Willapa Valley (1-1) will host Mossyrock.
Pirates Rout Ducks 48-0
ADNA — Adna scored 41 points in the first half, cruising to a 48-0 win over Toutle Lake in a SWW 2B League football game here Friday night.
Adna’s defense was the story of the night, allowing just 33 total yards, including no passing yards. The defense featured Chance Fay, making his debut after missing all of last season with an injury.
“It was good to see Chance Fay. He got to play defense tonight,” Adna coach K.C. Johnson said. “He’s one of our top two running backs, and we’re bringing him back slow. I’m really proud of the defense and really happy to see Chance on the field.”
Cole Fay had a big night on the ground, running for 155 yards on 12 carries with three touchdowns. Brady Collins had another big game on special teams, racking up 148 return yards and a touchdown, and added a 7-yard touchdown catch.
Conner Weed was solid at quarterback, competing 5 of 7 passes for 72 yards and two touchdowns.
The night started with Weed finding A.J. Johnson for a 12-yard scoring pass. Collins had another special teams touchdown, this time a 51-yard return to the house, and Cole Fay punched in a short touchdown run for a 20-0 lead after the first quarter.
Fay had a 53-yard scamper to the end zone to start the second quarter. Collins scored again, but this time on a 7-yard pass from Weed. Bo Moon ran the ball into the end zone from 6 yards out for a 41-0 lead at halftime.
Fay scored his third touchdown of the game on a 1-yard run early in the third frame to end the scoring.
Adna (2-0) hosts Toledo on Friday.
Toledo Dominates Ilwaco
ILWACO — Toledo racked up 225 yards on the ground en route to a 35-7 win over Ilwaco in 2B football action here on Friday night.
Keyton Wallace led the Indians on the ground, rushing for 93 yards on 14 carries with a touchdown. Ethan Buck had 80 yards on 11 carries and a score, and Colby Cherrington had 51 yards and a touchdown for Toledo.
“Offensively, our line did a good job opening up holes. We have three good running backs and they made people miss in space,” Toledo coach Mike Christensen said.
Gannon Madill had completed both his pass attempts for 50 yards with a touchdown pass to Fano Hansen, who caught both of Madill’s throws.
The Toledo defense was stout, allowing just 134 total yards.
“Our defense did great, well prepared. We had 30 kids watching film all week, we were ready to play,” Christensen said. “Junior Arroyo stepped up defensively and made a ton of great plays. He stepped up big time, they did what they had to do.”
Buck kicked off the scoring with a 40-yard run into the end zone and Wallace scored next on a short 3-yard run for a 14-0 lead after the first quarter.
Madill found Hansen on a 4-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, and Cherrington got on the scoresheet with a 2-yard run. Ilwaco scored just before the half, as Ethan Personius found Alex Kaino for a 4-yard touchdown pass, but Toledo led 28-7 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Madill scored on a 60-yard interception return to seal the win for the Indians.
Toledo (1-1) travels to Adna next Friday for a big SWW 2B football showdown.
TITANS 20, TIMBERWOLVES 0
Pe Ell-WV 0 12 8 0 —20
Morton-WP 0 0 0 0 —54
PWV — Matt Pearson 30-yard pass to Ryan Shepherd; 2-point fail
PWV — Pearson 8-yard pass to Shepherd; 2-point fail
PWV — Peter Hamilton 5-yard run; Pearson pass to Cub Bair
Team Stats MWP PWV
First Downs 7 17
Rushing Yards 104 183
Passing Yards 20 112
Total Yards 124 295
Comp-Att-Int 3-10-2 9-12-3
Fumbles/Lost 2/1 1/1
Penalties/Yards 6/45 5/26
Rushing: MWP — Gavyn Higdon 11/55; PWV — Tyson Nissel 14/62, Peter Hamilton 11/48, Max Smith 10/42
Passing: MWP — Kaleb Rashoff 3-10/20; PWV — Matt Pearson 9-12/112
Receiving: MWP — Matt Poquette 2/23; PWV — Ryan Shepherd 5/75
PIRATES 48, DUCKS 0
Toutle Lake 0 0 0 0 — 0
Adna 20 21 7 0 — 48
ADN — A.J. Johnson 12-yard pass from Conner Weed; Weed kick
ADN — Brady Collins 51-yard punt return; Weed kick
ADN — Cole Fay 2-yard run; Kick failed
ADN — Cole Fay 53-yard run; Weed kick
ADN — Collins 7-yard pass from Weed; Weed kick
ADN — Bo Moon 6-yard run; Weed kick
ADN — Cole Fay 1-yard run; Ryan kick
Team Stats TL ADN
First Downs 3 12
Rushing Yards 33 202
Passing Yards 0 72
Total Yards 33 274
Comp-Att-Int 0-3-0 5-7-0
Fumbles/Lost 1-1 2-0
Penalties/Yards 4-25 1/15
Rushing: ADN — Cole Fay 12/155/3; TL — N/A
Passing: ADN — Conner Weed 5-7/72; TL — N/A
Receiving: ADN — Bo Moon 1/40; TL — N/A
INDIANS 35, FISHERMAN 7
Toledo 14 14 7 0 — 35
Ilwaco 0 7 0 0 — 7
TOL — Ethan Buck 40-yard run; Malunat kick
TOL — Keyton Wallace 3-yard run; Malunat kick
TOL — Gannon Madill to Fano Hansen 4-yard pass; Malunat kick
TOL — Colby Cherrington 2-yard run; Malunat kick
ILW — Ethan Personius to Alex Kaino 4-yard pass; kick good
TOL — Madill 60-yard interception return; Malunat kick
Team Stats TOL ILW
First Downs N/A N/A
Rushing Yards 225 92
Passing Yards 50 42
Total Yards 275 134
Comp-Att-Int 3-4-0 7-17-2
Fumbles/Lost 3/2 3/0
Penalties/Yards N/A N/A
Rushing: TOL — Keyton Wallace 14/93, Ethan Buck 11/80, Colby Cherrington 11/51; ILW — Brandon McMullen 10/35
Passing: TOL — Gannon Madill 2-2/50; ILW — Ethan Personius 6-16/42
Receiving: TOL — Fano Hansen 2/50; ILW — Alex Kaino 4/42