Friday’s State 2B Football: Loggers Take Brewster to the Woodshed in State Opener
Ground and Pound: Onalaska Holds Bears Under 100-Yards in 60-7 Win
By Jordan Nailon
ONALASKA — The Loggers hit the ground running here on Friday night and never looked back, scoring 40 first quarter points on their way to a 60-7 victory over Brewster in the first round of the 2B football state playoffs.
That thumping of the Bears came one week after Onalaska dismantled Wahkiakum 50-0 in the crossover round of the district playoffs. According to the Loggers’ head coach, Mazen Saade, last week’s win left his team motivated to see how much better they could be going forward.
“I thought that our kids came out to start this week and were unhappy with the way we played against Wahkiakum. I know some people will say, ’Well, hey now, you beat them 50 to nothing.’ And yes, we did, but it’s pretty neat when your kids are unhappy with a 50 to nothing win. They didn’t think it was a clean game. They thought we had a lot to improve on. The little things,” explained Saade. “I thought that first quarter we came out hot. We had a couple of dumb penalties, but other than that it was our cleanest quarter of football.”
Indeed, Onalaska was firing on all cylinders in that opening quarter as they outscored Brewster 40-0 to engage the running-clock early. Ashton Haight took every handoff on the Loggers’ first drive, racking up fifty hards on just a handful of touches, including a five-yard scamper to start the home team’s scoring outburst. On the Loggers’ second possession, their smash mouth running back even flashed a little finesse as he hurdled a defender on his way to a 46-yard touchdown escapade.
“The play before that I broke away and then I didn’t see him and he dove at my ankles. I was telling myself, ‘The next time he dives at my ankles I’m going to jump over him!’ Then I broke away again and it happened. It was pretty sweet,” noted Haight. “The last time I did that I nearly ate it but this time I knew I was going to make it.”
Onalaska’s big beef in the trenches, Alex Frazier, forced a fumble on Brewster’s next series and Hazen Inman came up with the loose pigskin near midfield. Quarterback Lucas Kreger than took over the show on offense for a spell. The senior signal caller picked up 34 rushing yards on the ensuing drive, including the final nine yards for the score.
Cade Lawrence came down with an interception on the Loggers’ next defensive stint and then ran it back 25-yards deep into Brewster territory. Haight capped the impending short drive with a four-yard rushing touchdown, and then did the honors on the Loggers’ following drive with a 15-yard touchdown run. Cade Lawrence ran in both of those conversion attempts to push the game into running clock territory via the mercy rule.
“We played pretty good tonight I thought. The line blocked well and everyone ran hard,” said Haight.
In one half of work, Haight finished with 170 yards rushing on 15 carries to go with his four touchdowns. Little brother, Marshal Haight, was Onalaska’s second leading rusher with 110 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown breakaway, on five carries. Lucas Kreger added 43 yards and a score on five carries. Dyllon Dublin and Gunnar Talley also picked up big chunks of yards and touchdowns in the win.
Cade Lawrence finished the game with two interceptions on defense as Onalaska held Brewster to just 91 total offensive yards and five first downs on the night. The Bears only score of the night came late in the game on a three-yard jump ball pass from Mason Kelly to Logan McGuire.
“I thought our defense played well. Wayne Nelson had that crew tuned in. Offensively, Lucas Kreger did what he does, Ashton Haight ran like a freakin’ man possessed. Our line got after it,” said Saade. “Hazen Inman played well defensively for us. Cade Lawrence had two picks tonight. I thought Gunnar Talley played well at the safety spot and Alex Frazier, he always plays his tail off.”
Saade even admitted to being a little nervous before the game got started. He noted that it was extra special for his players to be able to show out on their muddy home turf one more time in front of their die hard fans.
“The seeding committee can seed everyone 1 through 16 but at the end of the day these guys aren’t a common opponent so there’s always that factor of what are you going to see. Film doesn’t always tell you everything so it was good to get out here and get after it,” explained Saade. “We told them, listen, you’re home. You’re here. You guys have earned this first round game at home. The state came out and walked the field on Wednesday and approved it. That’s special. Let’s just turn it up and give it to this crowd and that’s what they did.”
With the win Onalaska advances to face ninth ranked Tri-Cities Prep in next week’s quarterfinal contest. For comparison, earlier this year TCP defeated Brewster 54-6. The Jaguars defeated Asotin 37-0 in the opening round of the state playoffs.
“They throw the ball around the yard a little bit. They’ve got a good back and their defense seems pretty sound,” said Saade of the Jaguars.
Saade noted that the game against TCP could wind up being played on the turf of Centralia’s Tiger Stadium, however, a final time, date, and location had not been set for that contest as of Friday night.
LOGGERS 60, BEARS 7
Brewster 0 0 0 7 — 7
Onalaska 40 14 6 0 — 60
ONY — Ashton Haight 5-yard run; Haight conversion
ONY — Haight 46-yard run; Lucas Kreger conversion
ONY — Kreger 9-yard run; Haight conversion
ONY — Haight 4-yard run; Cade Lawrence conversion
ONY — Haight 12-yard run; Lawrence conversion
ONY — Dyllon Dublin 5-yard run; conversion fail
ONY — Gunnar Talley 23-yard run; Dublin conversion
ONY — Marshal Haight 51-yard run; kick fail
BRE — Mason Kelly 3-yard pass to Logan McGuire; Kick good
Team Stats BRE ONY
First Downs 5 13
Rushing Yards 44 388
Passing Yards 47 15
Total Yards 91 403
Comp-Att-Int 9-18-2 1-2-0
Fumbles/Lost 2/1 N/A
Penalties/Yards 2/20 6/50
Rushing: BRE — Logan McGuire 3/29; ONY — Ashton Haight 15/170, Marshal Haight 5/110, Lucas Kreger 5/43
Passing: BRE — Mason Kelly 8-15/47; ONY — Lucas Kreger 1-2/15
Receiving: BRE — Logan McGuire 3/18; ONY — Hazen Inman 1/15