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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Lyle-Wishram-Klickitat gridders top Goldendale on chilly Monday evening

 

September 20, 2017

Jaryd Cline

Senior quarterback/receiver Justin Wells attempts a stiff arm on Quincy McConville during Monday's game at Barthlow Field.

Prior to Monday's nonleague gridiron contest between the Timberwolves and the Lyle-Wishram-Klickitat Cougars, Goldendale head coach Alan Hale stressed the importance of slowing down Wishram super sophomore Brandon Montoya.

While Montoya was all over the field for the Cougars, the Class 2B school in its second year of 11-man football enjoyed a balanced offensive game with contributions from all around in their 38-0 win over the Timberwolves.

"I think the main reason why we put up 38 points is because we've been really practicing on pass protection," Cougars head coach Antoine Montoya said.

"Getting our quarterback to settle in on his throws. Because he's a home run hitter. He tried to go deep, deep, deep."

Senior quarterback Jeramiah Osterander threw for two touchdowns and ran for another after throwing a handful of interceptions in the team's first two games.

One of those touchdown passes was a 70 yard bomb to Montoya on the opening play of a drive in the second quarter, and midway through the third quarter, junior Sam McCullough took a handoff up the middle and ran nearly untouched 75 yards into the endzone.

"Everything was clicking for us (Monday) night," Montoya said.

It took a while for the Cougars to get going though in the opening quarter, facing a Goldendale defense that was fixated on stopping the run.

The Cougs fumbled the snap on the game's first play but immediately recovered it. Montoya took the ball on the next play and bounced outside for 20 yards, the first of many long, tough runs on the night.

Goldendale freshman Nick McKune nearly came up with an interception on a tipped pass, but the ball just skimmed the grass before he was able to get his hands on it. Later on a fourth and 11 play, Colton Ward and Austin McKune sacked Osterander to force the turnover on downs and give the Wolves the ball for the first time.

Junior John David Pomerinke was making his first start under center with senior Alex Mains out with an injury. Goldendale just couldn't get anything going offensively though. They converted two straight fourth down plays on strong runs from Pomerinke and senior Cort Ladiges, but were forced to punt on their first two possessions.

The Cougars started their second possession on their own 17 after a Goldendale punt and went to work. They had a good balanced drive of running and passing plays before Osterander ran it into the endzone from five yards out.

They got the ball back and dodged another bullet after recovering another fumble. Osterander found McCullough and senior Quincy McConville wide open for two big gains and capped off the drive with a 20 yard strike to senior Reco Quintero that put LWK on top 14-0 after the successful two-point conversion.

Ladiges was able to break off a long return to start Goldendale in good field position, but the drive stalled and possession went back to the Cougs after a failed fourth-down attempt.

On the first play of the drive with 1:41 left in the half, LWK offensive coordinator and 2009 Goldendale graduate Kyle Cairns drew up one of his many great play calls that lined Montoya out wide. He ran a fly route straight to the endzone, and Osterander hit him in stride for a 70 yard score, putting the Cougs up 22-0 after an 11 second drive.

After recovering an onside kick, Goldendale had the ball in good field position and moved the chains after a reception by Caleb Pittman. They moved the ball down to the Cougars 26, but came up short on a fourth down attempt.

Shortly after, Cairns called another great play. With the defense honed in on Montoya and Osterander, McCullough, at fullback, took the handoff right up the middle and to the house from 75 yards out. He went nearly untouched as he outsprinted everyone to the endzone.

Goldendale got some tough running from Ladiges, who bounced off tacklers for extra yards throughout the night, but couldn't get anything else cooking under the Monday night lights.

Montoya continued to show off his unmatched athleticism after returning an interception for a touchdown, which was called back after a penalty, and taking a sweep 44 yards into the endzone to cap the game's scoring at 38-0.

"It was nice to come up here and get our first victory," Montoya said. "We figured that it was going to be a good competition. We had a gameplan coming in and we just wanted to take it to them."

Jaryd Cline

Cougar sophomore Brandon Montoya, right, breaks a tackle while Jarren Leslie looks to make a block upfield during Monday's game.

For the Cougars, who've played with as few as 13 kids in a game this year, Antoine Montoya is hoping Monday's win can be a building block as the team gets ready to continue Eastern Washington Athletic Conference games.

"It was good for us to get a win, (the kids) know what it feels like," Montoya said.

"We have three days for practice and then we go right at Kittitas," he added.

The Cougars lost 12-6 to Kittitas at home last year in a game that came down to the wire, and the Cougs are hoping for another good battle on Friday.

"We hope to go down there and try and give it our best," Montoya said.

The Timberwolves are faced with a brutal two-game stretch in the next two weeks. They play at Zillah on Friday for the Leopards homecoming game, before their next home game, a 7 p.m. meeting with the Naches Rangers on Sept. 29.

 

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