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By Andrew Christiansen
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Vocal crowd welcomes back football as Cougars pound out 64-22 win

 

Andrew Christiansen

TOUCH DOWN: Cody Carse hauls in a 16 yard touchdown pass from Gabe Montoya during first half action in Lyle.

Gabe Montoya accounted for 390 total yards of offense and seven touchdowns in Lyle-Wishram's blowout home opener 64-22 over Twin Valley (Wishkah Valley/Lake Quinault). The senior from Wishram carried the ball just three times in the third quarter, scoring all three times as the Cougars overcame a two-point half-time deficit.

The last time Lyle-Wishram won a home football game was Sept. 28, 2011 and the opponent was Wishkah Valley, when they were separated from Lake Quinault. In fact, the week before was a road win over Lake Quinault.  The Cougars finished the 2011 with a 6-4 record and they lost their final two home games, both in overtime. Both were atypical games for a team that was averaging more than 50 points per game. They lost to Mary M. Knight 20-14 and Taholah 24-22. Lyle-Wishram didn't have a team in 2012 or 2013, so last Friday was a special night.

Montoya scored on a 36 yard run in an otherwise uneventful first quarter where both teams focused on their ground game. The Wolfpack opened up their passing game in the second quarter with much success as Jace Anderson was 9-12 for 151 yards and two touchdowns to wide open receivers. A third touchdown, a 5-yard run by William Fultz was also set up by three straight completions.

Montoya also had a couple big completions, including a 16-yard touchdown pass to Cody Carse in the second quarter. Jacob Zeigler scored on an 80-yard kickoff return to keep the score close at the half.

By the mid-point of the third quarter it became clear that the Wolfpack was getting worn out by the bigger Lyle-Wishram players who were hitting hard with tackles and blocks. The Cougars ran the ball just four times in the third quarter, scoring on all four carries including a 40 yard scamper by Zeigler. Montoya hit Carse for another touchdown and the rout was on. Lyle-Wishram tightened the pass defense and held Anderson to 13 passing yards in the third quarter and he was intercepted by Zeigler, Josh Showalter and Brett Rowan in the third quarter.

Andrew Christiansen

UNSTOPPABLE: Gabe Montoya had more than 300 yards of total offense for Lyle-Wishram

The Wolfpack had two long touchdowns erased by penalties in the third quarter and managed to have just two plays go for more than 10 yards in the second half. The game was called with 2:45 left in the fourth quarter.

Lyle-Wishram is 1-2 on the year. They host Neah Bay in Lyle on Friday at 7 p.m.

Twin Valley 0 – 22 – 0 – 0 22

Lyle-Wishram 6 – 14 – 38 – 6 64

Rushing: LW – Montoya 13-178, Ziegler 5-56, Rowan 3-27, Quincy McConville 2-2, Carse 1-0, C.J. Brionez 2-(-3), Tristan Palmer 1-(-6). TV – Jacob Gardiner 11-77, Fultz 7-26, Enrique Arreguin 4-23, Anderson 8-3, Julio Silva 1-3.

Passing: LW-Montoya 8-15-136-0int-3TD. TV-Anderson 12-28-164-3int-2TD, Gardiner 0-2-0.

Receiving: LW-Carse 6-92, Rowan 2-44. TV-Silva 6-79, Fultz 2-46, Josiah Olson 2-32, Robert Rodriguez 1-12.

 

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