SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE (DEC. 4)
NO. 1 GRAHAM-KAPOWSIN 44, NO. 3 LAKE STEVENS 7
Mount Tahoma Stadium, Tacoma
The Eagles (14-0) capped off an undefeated season with their first-ever 4A state championship with their win against the Vikings (11-1).
Both teams traded off turnover-on-downs in the first few minutes of the opening quarter, but then the Eagles opened up the floodgates of scoring. After a 4th-and-1 conversion from sophomore tight end Michael Toa, senior quarterback Joshua Wood had an incomplete pass.
On the very next play, senior running back Zackary Lee took the ball to the house on a 49-yard rush for the first of many Eagles scores. They then forced a Viking fumble on the ensuing kickoff, giving them a short field to work with. Toa again would get the ball and rush for a three-yard score to go up 14-0 after the point after attempt.
The Eagles’ defense forced their first three-and-out against the Vikings and Wood had the ball again. This time, he called his own number running it 51 yards for a touchdown.
The Vikings would answer back late in the first half with a five-yard reception to senior running back Trayce Hanks from freshman quarterback Kolten Matson, but it wouldn’t be enough. Two minutes of game clock later, the Eagles’ junior kicker Kolby White-Gibson drilled a 32-yard field goal to go into halftime up 24-7.
From there, Wood would score again on a 14-yard run, and Lee would score on a five-yard run in the third quarter. Toa would cap the game with a seven-yard rush at the top of the fourth quarter.
Wood finished the game 4-for-7 passing with 39 yards, but where he did his damage was on the ground. The senior quarterback ran for 172 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries for a 15.6 yard per rush average. Lee had 20 carries for 190 yards and two scores as well, averaging 9.5 yards per carry.
NO. 1 BELLEVUE 17, NO. 6 KENNEWICK 13
What’s old is new again.
The Wolverines (14-0) claimed the 3A state championship Saturday afternoon at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup — securing the 10th title in program history.
After the two teams traded three turnovers in the first quarter, Bellevue running back William Wang opened scoring moments into the second quarter on a 2-yard scoring run.
Bellevue never trailed, adding a 21-yard field goal from Wiley Bryant late in the second quarter to take a 10-7 lead into the half, and a 64-yard run by Wang that pushed the lead to double digits in the third.
Wang finished with a game-high 33 carries — which tied the 3A title game record — for 243 yards and the two touchdowns. Ishaan Daniels added seven carries for 67 yards, while Blake Teets had nine carries for 51 for the Wolverines, who averaged 6.7 yards per carry as a team on their way to 380 total rushing yards.
The Lions (12-2) stayed within reach for much of the contest, though.
Running back Myles Mayovsky scored on a 2-yard run with 44 seconds remaining in the first half to cut Bellevue’s lead back to one possession.
Mayovsky scored again on a 67-yard pass from Dayton Davis with 1:56 left in the third to make it 17-13.
But, Kennewick never got closer. Neither team scored in the fourth quarter, and Bellevue’s Colin Miller hauled in an interception with 3:28 left on the Lions’ final possession. The Wolverines ran out the clock from there.
This is Bellevue’s first championship win since 2011, which capped a run in which the Wolverines won eight titles in 11 seasons. Bellevue’s 2012 and 2013 titles were vacated.
NO. 2 LYNDEN 21, NO. 1 TUMWATER 7
The Lions (12-1) are back on top of the 2A as they secured their ninth state championship in school history with their win over the Thunderbirds (10-3).
The beginning of the game started with a long drive for the T-Birds, ending in a senior running back Payton Hoyt 21-yard touchdown run. And that would end up being their only score of the game because the Lions would come back with 21 unanswered points.
The first two came in the form of a safety on the T-Bird’s second possession of the game. Starting at their own 30-yard line, the T-Birds faced fourth down and were ready to punt. A botched snap sent the ball back 30 yards where a Tumwater player was tackled for the safety.
Lynden wouldn’t capitalize on the next possession, but then junior Collin Anker intercepted a pass from Tumwater’s junior quarterback Alex Overbay to steal back that momentum. What followed was a drive where senior tight end Cade Slayton ran the ball for a total of 17 yards, including a one-yard touchdown for the Lions to take the lead 9-7.
Several punts later and the Lions have the ball with less than four minutes in the half. And once again, Slayton carries the load with 31 yards on the drive, capping it with a two-yard score to add to the Lions’ lead. Slayton would score the final points of the game in the third quarter as well on another two-yard score.
Slayton had all three touchdowns for the Lions and finished the game with 88 yards on 27 carries for a 5.2 yard per rush average. The Lions as a team rushed for 204 yards.
On the T-Birds’ side, Hoyt was the leading offensive player with 58 rushing yards on 14 carries and a touchdown.
This is Lynden’s first championship win since 2013, which was the last leg of the Lions’ three-peat that included 2011 and 2012.
NO. 1 ROYAL 41, NO. 2 EATONVILLE 0
The Knights (14-0) secured their fifth title in six seasons — and second consecutive — behind a record-setting performance by running back Avery Ellis on Saturday afternoon at Harry E. Lang Stadium in Lakewood.
Ellis scored five total touchdowns — a 1A championship game record — and opened scoring with a 21-yard run on the game’s opening drive.
He finished with three rushing touchdowns, adding a 2-yard run in the second quarter, and 14-yard run in the fourth, and piled up a game-high 175 rushing yards on 22 carries.
That wasn’t all, though.
Late in the second quarter, when Eatonville lined up for a punt, and the snap sailed into the backfield, Ellis scooped up the fumble and hustled in 13 yards for a score.
He scored once more in the quarter on an 11-yard pass from Derek Bergeson to give the Knights a 34-0 lead at the break.
Bergeson also added a 44-yard touchdown run on a quarterback keeper in the second quarter.
He finished 12-of-18 passing for 169 yards and the one passing touchdown, added 136 yards and the rushing score on 15 carries, and led the Knights with 10 1/2 tackles.
Royal finished with 472 yards of total offense.
The Knights also extended their current winning streak to 33 games.
Meanwhile, Eatonville’s 17-game winning streak was snapped with the loss.
The Cruisers (13-1) entered the day averaging 42 points per game, but were shut out for the first time since a 2015 opening round loss to Colville, and limited to 48 yards of total offense as Royal wrapped up its eighth shutout of the season.
Kaden Olsen led the Cruisers with 51 yards on six carries, while Kevin Wulff added 47 yards on 11.
This was the first shutout in a state title game since 2013, and the first in the 1A game since 2003.
No. 1 KALAMA 16, NO. 2 NAPAVINE 14
Kalama scored 10 points in two minutes and 46 seconds in the fourth quarter to come back and win the school’s third state championship and second since joining the 2B classification.
Already up 7-6 entering the fourth quarter, the Tigers capped off a long drive with a 17-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Ashton Demarest to senior wide receiver Glade Shannon that put them up 14-6.
Although the Chinooks drove the ball deep, they could not convert on fourth-and-goal from the Napavine two-yard line. That’s where the Tigers took over, hoping to run out the remaining 5:43 in the game. On the only play of that drive, senior running back Gavin Parker loses those two yards and gives the Chinooks a safety.
The clock only moved four seconds and Kalama got the ball back. Senior quarterback Jackson Esary took the ball in his hands and connected with senior receiver Max Cox for 13 yards on a crucial third down. Senior running back Bradey O’Neil picked up a few yards on a rush, but the next play had a false start for the Chinooks.
Facing a long 3rd-and-12 after an incomplete pass, Esary and O’neil connected for 33 yards to take the Chinooks down to the Tigers’ three-yard line. From there, Esary ran the ball in himself for the tying score at 14-14. The Chinooks went for the two-point conversion and Esary scored that as well.
Cox all but sealed the deal interception Demarest with just over a minute left in the game. Kalama ran the ball to run out the clock and claimed their come from behind victory.
Esary finished his night going 18-for-26 for 216 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. He carried the ball 24 times for 13 yards, and the last score of the game. Senior Nate Meyer was the leading receiver with six receptions, 99 yards and a touchdown.
Demarest held the keys for the Tigers’ offense as he threw for 97 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions on 7-for-13 passing; while also running 106 yards on 15 carries.
NO. 1 ALMIRA-COULEE-HARTLINE 50, NO. 3 QUILCENE 20
Almire-Coulee-Hartline (12-0) cruised to the seventh state title win in program history.
The Warriors combined for seven touchdowns, and built a 44-point lead before allowing a touchdown Saturday afternoon at Mount Tahoma Stadium in Tacoma.
Quarterback Dane Isaak, running back Parker Roberts and wide receiver Grady Murray led the way.
Isaak finished 4-of-7 passing for 162 yards and three passing touchdowns of 27, 81 and 25 yards, while adding 99 rushing yards and a 27-yard score on 13 carries.
Roberts opened scoring with a 68-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter, giving the Warriors a lead they never lost, added another 62-yard rushing touchdown and finished with a game-high 157 rushing yards on five carries. Roberts also caught a 25-yard touchdown.
Murray had a game-high 137 receiving yards on three catches, including touchdowns of 27 and 81 yards. He also returned a punt 69 yards for a touchdown to push Almira-Coulee-Hartline’s lead to 36-0 at the break.
Quilcene (10-2) was shut out in the first half, but found the end zone late in the third on a 29-yard connection between Nathan Kieffer and Ashton Johnson. Bishop Budnek added scoring runs of 55 and 2 yards in the fourth, and finished with 19 carries for 134 yards.
Almira-Coulee-Hartline has now won three of the past six 1B state championship games, after also claiming titles in 2015 and 2017.