Weekend High School Football Playoff RecapPosted: Updated:
Plenty of area teams were still fighting to continue their championship dreams Saturday.
First in the 2A semi-final game featuring Ellensburg against West Valley Spokane. In the second quarter the Bulldogs were trailing 17-0, until quarterback Ethan Sterkel hits Adam Haberman for the touchdown at the end of the half. However, West Valley led 17-7 at the break.
In the second half it would be special teams miscues on E-burg's end that would cost the Bulldogs dearly. Tyler Poldevart of WV busted right through the line to block a punt providing the Eagles with excellent field position. Moments later, Drew Clausen on the option run keeps it himself and rumbles in for the decisive touchdown.
The Bulldogs did fight back, but in the end their perfect season ends with a 24-17 loss.
Over in the 1A semi-final, Connell trying to remain perfect with a win over Chelan in Moses Lake. The story of the game Matt Hadley, who early in the first quarter would go the distance to give the Eagles a 7-0 lead. Hadley ran for 241 yards on the day.
The Eagles proved they are not one dimensional when Bryant Anderson nailed Chelan's Michael Amsel Junior for a safety. That made it a 16-0. Under a minute left in the first half, Hadley took a punt and made at least four guys miss to take it to the house.
The Eagles fly easily over the Goats 37-14. Connell will battle Cascade Christian next Saturday, in the 1A championship game at the Tacoma Dome.
In 1B action, Tri-Cities Prep took on Cusick, and the Jags Will Hoppes once again led the prep to victory. In the second quarter, Hoppes tossed it to Kevin Ratuiste who took it fourteen yards before he slide safely into the end zone for the first score of the day.
Later in that same quarter, Hoppes showed off his arm strength when he rolled out of the pocket. He connected with Troy Redmann for a 52 yard gain to set up the third score of the game for Prep, in which Hoppes ran it eight yards into the end zone.
Tri-Cities Prep won by a final 42-26 over Cusick, and advance to Friday's 1B championship game at the Tacoma Dome.
In 2B action DeSales battled Colfax for the right to play in the championship game. It was tough sledding for the DeSales offense as they get shutout 19-0.
Congrats on a great season to all these teams. Good luck to Connell and Tri-Cities Prep in your championship games.