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Goldendale football drops season opener to White Salmon


September 6, 2017

Jaryd Cline

Goldendale running back Cort Ladiges runs past a pair of White Salmon defenders while returning a kick during Thursday's loss to the Bruins at Barthlow Field.

It was a tough way to open the football season for the Goldendale Timberwolves, who fell 53-0 to Klickitat County rival Columbia High of While Salmon on Thursday at Barthlow Field.

There wasn't much that went right for Goldendale on the evening although the team was hurt by a few tough breaks that favored the Bruins, who scored early and often and took a 14-0 lead before the Timberwolves took an offensive snap.

The Wolves kicked off to begin the game, and nearly recovered a squib kick that landed at the White Salmon 15 yard line. But on the very first play from scrimmage, the Bruins gained 65 yards on a sweep to the right.

The Goldendale defense made a stand though, holding White Salmon for three plays while forcing a fourth down and nine situation, only to give up a first down run on the next play, which led to the Bruins first score less than four minutes into the game.

Senior quarterback Alex Mains and the rest of the Timberwolves offense would have to wait a bit longer to take the field for the first time in 2017 though after the Wolves fumbled the kickoff, giving possession back to the Bruins at Goldendale's own 20.

The Bruins scored three plays later, and also scored two more touchdowns in the opening quarter to go up 20-0 after 12 minutes.

Toward the end of the first quarter, the Timberwolves moved the ball deep into White Salmon territory and faced first and goal from the 10, but another fumble gave it back to the Bruins and halting the team's best chance to put points on the board.

The Bruins kept adding points in bunches, scoring another touchdown in the second and two more in each the third and fourth quarters.

Last Thursday's loss marked the third straight year, and fourth in the last five years the Wolves have dropped their season opener to the Bruins after Goldendale won four straight meetings from 2009-2012.

Current White Salmon head coach John Hallead coached at Goldendale from 2002-04 and has won his last three games against the Timberwolves including back-to-back shutouts.


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