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By Andrew Christiansen

Bruins' passing game overcomes Timberwolves in defensive battle 22-0


Andrew Christiansen

MEAT GRINDER: Yards were hard to come by in the running game as both defenses battled through the first half in Goldendale. Above, Jaryd Quintero, 44, tackles Timberwolf quarterback Chris Trunkey after a short gain.

Columbia-White Salmon had just enough things go right to overcome Goldendale’s defense and win the cross-county rivalry 22-0. The game was a test of two good defenses with the Bruins taking advantage of good field position to post a 9-0 first half lead.

The Bruins got on the board first after partially blocking a Kevin Gilk punt to start their first possession at the Goldendale 49 yard line. They were sent back by a holding call on the first play from scrimmage and quarterback Tanner Rabinowitz was sacked by Kyle Wilkins on second down. It was nearly three and out as Dean Enstad charged, unabated toward Rabinowitz on third down, but the Bruin junior stood his ground and fired a pass to John Stephens that was good for 24 yards and a first down. Rabinowitz tossed a pitch to Gabe Guzman, who finished the drive with a 13-yard touchdown at the 5:03 mark of the first quarter.

It looked like disaster struck on the ensuing kick-off that went straight up and dropped in the middle of the Timberwolves who didn’t see the ball. Austen Walker recovered for Columbia at the Goldendale 30 yard line. The Bruins drove to the Goldendale 17 yard line when Wilkins again stormed in on Rabinowitz who avoided the sack by dumping the ball off to Cody Carse. The only problem is that Carse plays left guard and the Bruins were penalized back to the 30. A 4-yard punt on fourth down and a Wilkins dash for 23 yards on first down got Goldendale out of the hole, but the Timberwolves’ drive stalled and they turned the ball back on downs at the Bruins’ 36 yard line.

The teams traded possessions through most of the second quarter with penalties plaguing both teams. B.J. Walter replaced an injured Chris Trunkey at quarterback with just over four minutes left in the half and was promptly intercepted by Guzman at the Bruins’ 46 yard line.

Goldendale continued to shut down the Bruin running game, but Rabinowitz managed to move the ball to Goldendale’s 30 yard line with a pass and run by Stephens. The next three passes were well-defended by Goldendale, but Guzman, who does it all for the Bruins, booted a 41 yard field goal with room to spare.

Walter had the best run of the night, bursting through the right side of the Bruin defense for 35 yards as the clock ran out in the half.

The Bruins opened the second half with their running game, picking up 12 yards on a couple of carries to the Bruin 33 yard line. Rabinowitz had the ball knocked out of his hands by a teammate on the next play, but recovered at the 31 yard line.

With the play clock running down, Coach John Hallead called time out to set up the next play. It also provided time for Goldendale to set their defense, but early season mistakes bit the Wolves. According to Coach Chris Twohy, “We made some changes at halftime that didn’t work.” On the next play, some of the Wolves were playing zone and others were in man defense. It was bad timing for that kind of mistake as Rabinowitz looked to the sideline at a streaking Guzman and put the ball on the mark between two defenders who weren’t very close. The speedster raced down the sideline for a 69-yard touchdown.

The Bruins began to make the running game work on their next possession, picking up 29 yards on four runs up the middle. Twohy called time out to make some changes which paid immediate dividends with Stephens losing four yards followed by an interception by Bryce Wilkins at the Goldendale 23 yard line.

The Wolves moved the ball to mid-field before a pitched ball hit the turf and was recovered by the Bruins. The defense made what would be their last stand and Goldendale got the ball back at their own 36 yard line, thanks to a Bruin penalty. The offense continued to struggle, however and gave the ball back to Columbia as the third quarter ran down.

The Bruins finally wore out the Timberwolves in the fourth quarter and marched 76 yards in 11 plays, capped with a 4-yard touchdown run by Stephens. The Wolf offense showed a bit of life in their final possession, but another fumble allowed the Bruins to complete the shutout.

Walter led all rushers with 60 yards on nine carries. Rabinowitz finished with 39 yards on the ground and had a good day throwing the ball, going 11-22 for 167 yards and a touchdown. Guzman had seven catches for 113 yards and scored two touchdowns.

Goldendale travels to Cashmere this Friday to take on the Bulldogs, completing a home and away series with the Caribou Trail League team. Cashmere lost to Cascade Christian 21-3 on Saturday in Puyallup. The Bruins will play their home opener, Friday against Toledo who beat Stevenson 24-6 in their opener.

Andrew Christiansen

BROKEN UP: Tyrell Read breaks up a pass intended for Columbia’s Jared Garwood, during third quarter action.

Columbia 6 – 3 – 7 – 6 22

Goldendale 0 – 0 – 0 – 0 0


Goldendale: B.J. Walter 9-60, Kyle Wilkins 7-41, Chris Trunkey 5-24, Dean Enstad 3-18, Ben Wooden 2-8, Devan McGraw 4-7.

Columbia: Nathan Bell 6-47, John Stephens 15-45, Tanner Rabinowitz 13-39, Josh Lewis 7-29, Gabe Guzman 1-13, Jaryd Quintero 2-8, Kyle Guler 1-8.


Goldendale: Trunkey 0-3-0, Walter 0-5-0-1

Columbia: Rabinowitz 11-22-167-1


Columbia: Guzman 7-113, Stephens 4-54


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