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By Andrew Christiansen
Reporter 

Spartans run around and through Timberwolf defense for upset win

 

Andrew Christiansen

FLYING TO THE BALL: Cameron Read goes airborne as Granger's Jonah Macias is tackled by B.J. Walter during Friday action in Goldendale.

Ricky Esqueda led a crushing running attack as Granger surprised Goldendale 21-6 for their first win of the season. Esqueda carried the ball 27 times for 178 yards, showing quick bursts through gaping holes in the Timberwolf line. The Spartans had 261 yards on 51 rushes and just 17 on six passes.

While the Spartans took control of the line and ran the clock, they also forced Goldendale to rely more on their passing game. Goldendale Coach Chris Hill felt the urgency of making the best of their opportunities as the Spartans ran the clock. "We didn't have the ball much," said Hill. "They were more physical and we didn't tackle well."

Goldendale opened up with an air attack, which started on a positive note. Bryce Wilkins hit Chris Trunkey in stride as he split a pair of defenders for a 42-yard touchdown, quickly answering Granger's initial drive. Wilkins ended up throwing the ball 29 times for 205 yards with a number of spectacular plays. But, aside of the one touchdown, each drive stalled, partly due to long yardage situations brought about by untimely penalties.

This week will be a tough challenge for the Timberwolves as they travel to Zillah to take on another hard running team. The Leopards eked out an overtime win over La Salle, running the ball 57 times with just 15 passes.

Granger 0 – 14 – 0 – 7 21

Goldendale 0 – 6 – 0 – 0 6

Andrew Christiansen

Andrew Christiansen ALMOST SIX: A Bryce Wilkins pass falls just out of the reach of a diving Chris Trunkey in the end zone.

Rushing: Goldendale – B.J. Walter 8-38, Tyrell Read 4-24, Trunkey 5-21, Cameron Read 2-8, Wilkins 2-(-11). Granger - Esqueda – 27-178, Jonah Macias 8-63, Abslom Macias 5-12, Adrian Morales 2-4, Manuel Ledesma 1-4, Wilfrido Franco 1-3, Oscar Ibarra 1-3, Keanu Cantu 1-2, Jake Slade 5-(-8).

Passing: Goldendale – Wilkins 13-29-0-205. Granger – Slade 1-5-1-17, Morales 0-1-0-0.

Receiving: Goldendale – Trunkey 6-118, Logan Boardman 3-71, T. Read 2-7, Walter 1-7, Kevin Gilk 1-2. Granger – J. Macias 1-17.

 

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