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By Jaryd Cline
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Goldendale falls to River View in last gridiron contest

 

November 8, 2017

John Longfellow

Senior Cort Ladiges lunges forward after being brought down by a group of Spartans during the team's contest against Granger on Oct. 13.

The Timberwolves fell on the gridiron 44-20 to the River View Panthers during last Friday's South Central Athletic Conference district crossover game, but finished the season with some momentum as they head for the offseason.

Banged up and only playing with 22 kids, the Goldendale coaching staff handed off the reigns to many of the underclassmen who didn't see a lot of the field this year.

"We decided as a staff to commit to more playing time no matter what to some of the younger kids because they've earned it," Hale said. "Last game of the year, let's just commit to these kids and see what happens. And they stepped up. They did a really good job. I'm proud of them."

With a handful of players out with injury and some of the freshmen in the game, Goldendale held its own early and in the first quarter. However, the Panthers were able to rally for five touchdowns in the first half and took a 32-0 lead into halftime.

The Wolves got onto the board for the first time in the third quarter when sophomore Corbin Bland connected with senior receiver Justin Wells on a slant route, who made a great catch and took it 60 yards upfield for the score.

"That first touchdown to Justin Wells, that was huge," Hale said. "It was a highlight worthy catch."

Bland was filling in under center for senior Alex Mains, who hurt his shoulder a few weeks ago. He connected with Wells for his first touchdown of the season.

The Timberwolves still trailed big after the touchdown, but didn't stop battling. Shortly after, they put together another scoring drive with freshman Dusty Dodge and senior Cort Ladiges in the backfield. After Dodge rumbled down near the goal line, he helped Ladiges punch it in on the next play.

"Cort got it on the one or two yard line, Dusty led the way off the right edge and Cort walked in," Hale said.

Goldendale was able to tack on one more score, this time on defense from freshman Nick McKune.

"We had a pretty good pass rush off his back side. He just underthrew it and Nick stepped in front, got it, and all of his teammates got in there and led the way and he was able to get in for six," Hale said.

McKune and Dodge weren't the only freshmen to play well on Friday. Blake Waddell has come on strong and has made a handful of starts in the trenches and also had a good performance in the season finale. He was joined by his twin brother, Blane, who started at free safety.

"(Blake) played great along the defensive line for us," Hale said. "(Blane's) been working really, really hard."

John Longfellow

The Goldendale seniors take a picture with their mothers in the bleachers at Barthlow Field.

"It was very intentional on our part to make that commitment to the younger guys who've been working so hard and haven't seen much playing time," he added.

Finishing the season with a taste of action should only aid the desire of the youngsters to continue improving and growing as they head into the offseason.

Hale urged his team to continue working out and practicing, noting how big of a difference he can see between kids who are active year round compared to those who aren't.

All League

● Colton Ward, second team defensive line

● Justin Wells, second team receiver and linebacker

● Alex Mains, honorable mention quarterback

● Joseph Randall, honorable mention defensive line

 

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