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By Jaryd Cline
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Goldendale football drops Monday contest at College Place, prep for Cougars on Friday


September 13, 2017

Jaryd Cline

Goldendale senior quarterback Alex Mains scans the field while looking for an open man during the team's opening game against White Salmon on Aug. 31.

Originally set for last Friday, Goldendale's nonleague gridiron contest against College Place was pushed to Monday because of all the smoke in the area. A rarity to have a varsity game played on Monday, Goldendale head coach Alan Hale said the weird schedule was tough for everyone as the Wolves fell 26-8 to the Hawks.

Because of the poor air quality, the Timberwolves spent the majority of the week practicing inside the gym. As you can expect, there's not much for football players to do inside a gym.

"Being in the gym is not easy and it's not fun," Hale said.

He also said the team worked a lot on body weight movements and weight training, and took a lot of mental reps during the low impact practices.

Playing on a Monday though, definitely was something that Hale and the rest of the staff, along with the kids, weren't used to.

"It was definitely weird," Hale said. "Not ideal. It really throws everyone off. Their bodies just aren't used to it."

Usually the team is going over film in preparation of the upcoming opponent on Mondays, and having a three hour bus ride to College Place, which is just west of Walla Walla, affected the team's rhythm on the field.

Hale said that the team had some chances to put the ball into the endzone that fell through.

"There were some missed opportunities for us scoring wise that we missed here and there that made a difference," he said.

However, toward the start of the second quarter, the Timberwolves got the big play that they've been missing this season. Starting a drive at their own 20, junior running back Brian Waddell got the ball and exploded 80 yards for the touchdown.

"That was awesome," Hale said. "He was breaking tackles all the way up the field. He's a definite workhorse for us."

Waddell's score, however, came shortly after senior quarterback Alex Mains left the game with a shoulder injury. Junior John David Pomerinke went under center in Mains' absence, and is ready to go if Mains misses more time.

Despite the 26 College Place points, the Goldendale defense was solid, aside from one long scoring play.

The Hawks had the ball near the goal line a couple of times and Goldendale was able to hold them scoreless.

"The defense just worked their butts off and stopped them," Hale said.

There has been some growing pains early on for Goldendale, but that was to be expected for the young team. Although they have 10 seniors this year, the Timberwolves have had to rely on some of the younger players. The team has 21 freshmen and sophomores, but just three juniors.

With a short week to get ready for Friday's game with Lyle-Wishram-Klickitat, Hale and the rest of the staff are going to take it easy on the team this week at practice.

This year marks the second straight year the Wolves and Cougars will meet after Lyle made the jump to 11 man football after playing years of eight-man football.

Goldendale will be working in practice on how to stop the Cougars sophomore back Brandon Montoya, who can do just about everything on the football field.

"He's a spectacular athlete, no way around that," Hale said. "We have to be ready for that. Have all the gaps covered."

Kickoff for Friday's game is set for 7 p.m. at Barthlow Field.


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