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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Cougars win third straight with big win over Liberty Christian

 

October 18, 2017



Despite Liberty Christian’s 1-5 overall record, Lyle-Wishram-Klickitat football head coach Antoine Montoya and the rest of the Cougars weren’t sleeping on the Patriots.

A pair of their losses had come by one touchdown or fewer, and the Cougs had seen what the Patriots were capable of on film.

“Going into Friday against Liberty Christian was kind of worrisome,” Montoya said. “They were big, fast, and had 24 players.”

However, the Cougs didn’t let that intimidate them. They put together a dominant effort on both sides of the ball, and set the tone right off the bat in their 44-14 Eastern Washington Athletic Conference win.

Playing in Lyle for the first time since Sept. 8, the Cougars were able to pick up their first win on their home field this season while improving to 4-3 overall and 3-2 in EWAC play.

Lyle-Wishram-Klickitat won the coin toss and deferred, wanting to set the tone early with its defense.

“We kicked the ball off and started with our defense who came ready to play,” Montoya said.

They sure came ready to play, stuffing the Patriots’ first three plays and forcing a punt to get the ball into the explosive offense for the first time.

They were able to move the ball right down the field on their first drive, with good play calling from offensive coordinator Kyle Cairns and good execution from the Cougs on the field. Sophomore Brandon Montoya capped the opening drive with a 39 yard sprint to the endzone followed by a successful two-point conversion from junior Sam McCullough to put the Cougs on top 8-0.

Liberty’s offense went nowhere on the Cougar defense, and after a few traded possessions, LWK got the ball back deep in its own territory. However, all it took was one play from the explosive Montoya to put points on the board. At their 10 yard line, Montoya took the handoff up the middle, shook off a few tackles and took it 90 yards to the house. Senior quarterback Jeramiah Osterander hit McCullough again for the two-point conversion and 16-0 Cougar lead in the first quarter.

The second quarter was much of the same, with the offense moving the ball and the defense making plays. Montoya scored on the ground for his third touchdown, and senior Troy Spino scooped and scored from 40 yards out on a Liberty Christian fumble. Senior Quincy McConville caught a two-point conversion from Osterander, and the Cougs went into the break ahead 30-0.

Montoya led the continued Cougar dominance in the third quarter, rushing for and catching touchdowns over the 12 minutes. The Cougs went up 44-0 after junior DaSean Leslie caught a two-point conversion throw from Osterander before the second string finished the game off in the fourth.

The Patriots added 14 points in the fourth quarter, but that was after the game already had been decided.

The Cougs have put up 140 points over the last three weeks, but the defense has been just as good as the offense.

“Our Defense was excellent again (Friday),” Antoine Montoya said. “Credit to coach Detmar McCullough for getting them prepared from week to week.”

Senior lineman Elijah McCullough led the way for the defense with a team-high 12 tackles and a sack. Brandon Montoya and Sam McCullough also added 11 tackles each. Spino had 40 yard fumble recovery for a score, and the Cougs also had two more takeaways with interceptions from Leslie and freshman Robbie Dorr.

Montoya led the offensive charge with five total touchdowns and 189 rushing yards while Osterander passed for 103 yards and a touchdown, and also converted three two-point conversions through the air.

The Cougars are back at home again later this week for an EWAC contest against the DeSales Irish out of Walla Walla.

The Irish are 5-2 overall and 4-1 in EWAC play and kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday at Lyle High School.

 

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