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By Andrew Christiansen

Bruins rush for 282 yards in win over Goldendale


Andrew Christiansen

BUILDING THE WALL: Goldendale's Charles Hicks sprints to daylight as the Timberwolf line seals in Bruin pursuit. Blocking for Goldendale from left are Logan Boardman, Mitchell Bane and Trent Radway. Columbia's Aidan Trummel (82) gets a piece of Hicks. Both teams had plenty of running room in the first half of Friday's game.

Columbia-White Salmon scored in every quarter to defeat Goldendale 28-12 last Friday in their traditional opening game. It was the fourth straight time that the teams have spoiled each other's home opener as the Bruins narrowed Goldendale's lead to 7-6 since the renewal of the cross county rivalry.

Both teams found a lot of running room in the game which started under light rain and a cool, windy night. Ulices Isordia ran for 140 yards and scored the game's first touchdown with just over two-minutes left in the first quarter. Kicker Eduardo Ortiz showed off his leg by converting on all four Bruin touchdowns. The teams combined for 145 yards of rushing in the first quarter as runners for both teams poured through big holes in the lines.

A holding call erased a Logan Boardman punt return that would have put the ball inside the Bruin 20-yard line early in the second quarter. The Wolves' drive ended with a fumble at the 32-yard line. Bruin quarterback Austin Bucklin directed the Bruins deep into Timberwolf territory with a 14-yard pass to Lewis Rowlen and a 21 yard run. But, Goldendale came up with a big stop for no gain on back to back runs by Isordia and Bucklin, and took over the ball at their own 17-yard line.

Quarterback Bryce Wilkins directed an 83-yard drive on the next series. Boardman had two carries for 21 yards and Wilkins ran for 35 yards on the drive. Demetirus McCoy carried it in for the touchdown from three-yards out. A two-point attempt failed.

It looked like the game might stay at 7-6, a reflection of how closely the teams seemed to be, but the Bruins made the most of the final minute of the half. Isordia picked up 34 yards on a draw play to Goldendale's 13 yard line with 57 seconds left. The Wolves defense stiffened and the Bruins were flagged for a hold on third and nine, putting them back to the 29 yard line. Bucklin hit Aiden Trummel for 15 yards, but it brought up a fourth down and Columbia-White Salmon lined up to attempt a field goal. Goldendale jumped offside and Coach John Hallead decided to go for it on fourth and six. Bucklin threw to the end zone where a man was open, forcing the Goldendale defender to interfere to stop the completion. It gave the Bruins a second chance with less than a second left on the clock and the ball at the 4-yard line. This time they gave the ball to Zach Walker who ran in for the touchdown as the horn sounded.

Goldendale's Charles Hicks returned the second half kickoff 24 yards to the Goldendale 44. Hicks showed great straight ahead speed with kick returns of 37, 24 and 27 yards on the night.

On the third play from scrimmage, Wilkins lost grip on a pass and threw right into the arms of Tylan Webster who raced 44 yards for a touchdown.

Goldendale found yards hard to come by in the running game as Columbia-White Salmon did a better job of filling holes in the second half. Neither team showed much on offense in the third quarter as the Bruins gained 32 yards on the ground and Goldendale had negative yards on seven carries. The quarterbacks had a combined 0-6 in the quarter.

The Bruins were knocking at the door early in the fourth quarter when Walker ran 12 yards to the 4-yard line. Goldendale's line held and a holding penalty backed the Bruins outside the 10 yard line. But, Bucklin scrambled for nine yards and Walker finished the drive with a 2-yard touchdown.

Goldendale was in the spread formation for most of the remaining minutes of the game and Wilkins found some success passing the ball. Completions to Mark Briggs, Boardman and Trent Radway moved the ball to the 8-yard line. After a miss to Boardman, Wilkins hit Radway for an 8-yard touchdown. A high snap forced Wilkins to try and run for the PAT but was a yard short.

Goldendale held and made one more drive with two-minutes left in the game. Wilkins was under huge pressure with an empty backfield, but the line gave him time to complete a pass to Boardman at mid-field. The next three attempts missed and William Gross intercepted a fourth down pass to seal the Bruin victory.

Goldendale travels to River View in Finley, this Friday for a non-league game.

Columbia-W.S. 7 – 7 – 7 – 7 28

Andrew Christiansen

GANG TACKLING: Goldendale's Cameron Read (50) and J.C. Cline (70) help tackle a Bruin runner in the backfield.

Goldendale 0 – 6 – 0 – 6 12

Rushing: Goldendale – Boardman 12-63, Wilkins 10-45, Hicks 4-27, McCoy 5-20, Jesse Bartkowski 3-5, Anthony Reece 2-3.

Columbia – Isordia 23-151, Walker 13-78, Bucklin 4-44, Trenton Howard 3-9.

Passing: Goldendale – Wilkins 7-21-89-2. Columbia – Bucklin 4-16-46-0

Receiving: Goldendale – Boardman 4-62, Radway 2-11, Briggs 1-16.

Columbia – Trummel 2-31, Rowlen 2-15.


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