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By Andrew Christiansen
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Timberwolf defense dominates in shut-out over White Swan

 

Andrew Christiansen

NO STOPPING HIM: Goldendale quarterback Bryce Wilkins sheds a tackler as he turns up the sidelines on a 69 yard touchdown run in the second quarter at White Swan.

Goldendale used a dynamic running attack and unyielding defense to control Friday's game in White Swan for a 20-0 win. The Wolves finish their non-league schedule with a 2-1 record and take on Highland, Friday for Homecoming.

White Swan featured a slick running attack with Albert Picard carrying the load during their first two possessions of the game. Picard was scary quick and it could have been a long night, except Goldendale made the adjustments to shut down the Cougar runner. Picard picked up 28 yards in his first six carries during the first quarter, but he had minus nine on his next five carries and finished the half with just 20 yards on 17 carries.

The Cougars quickly gave up on the running game and had some success on the strong arm of quarterback Brian Kosik. Kosik was 11-22 in the game, but Goldendale came up big at the right times, sacking him five times for -31 yards. The second and fourth quarters both ended with sacks.

Goldendale missed an opportunity to score in the first quarter after Picard faked a punt to his right and tried to run to his left, but was swarmed over, handing the Timberwolves the ball on the Cougar 38 yard line. Bryce Wilkins hit Mark Briggs on a wide open slant, but on fourth and goal from the 11 yard line, Charles Hicks picked up 10 and White Swan kept the Wolves off the board.

White Swan put together a 10 play drive, assisted by a roughing the punter call and punted to Goldendale's 31 yard line, at the start of the second quarter.

Wilkins kept the ball on the first play from scrimmage. He worked his way behind blockers up the middle, then broke to the outside, shedding a tackler and sprinting for a 69 yard touchdown. Mitchell Bane's kick was good and Goldendale was on the board. It turned out to be the only points of the half.

Kosik marched his team into Goldendale territory on the next possession with passes to three different receivers. On third down from the Timberwolf 38 yard line, it looked like Kosik connected with Wes Abrams who had Logan Boardman on his back, but Boardman kept the Cougar from holding onto the ball when he hit the ground. It was the Cougars' best drive of the night, ending in a punt. They would penetrate Goldendale territory just one more time in the game.

Goldendale's defense was impressive with five sacks and an interception by Jesse Bartkowski. White Swan gained just 60 yards on 21 plays in the second half. Daniel Wedgewood led the team with 14 tackles. Anthony Reese had 12 tackles and Zane Cully had eight.

The diversity of Goldendale's running game was on display in the third quarter. Demetrius McCoy showed quickness to the outside and Boardman sliced and diced his way for inside-outside runs. Wilkins scored his second touchdown of the game, a 7-yard run with 1:20 on the clock in the third quarter. The final score came on a 13-yard Boardman run in the fourth quarter. The Timberwolves were inside the White Swan 1-yard line on fourth and goal, but three consecutive penalties prevented a final minute score.

Boardman finished with 86 yards on eight carries and McCoy had 82, also on eight carries. Wilkins was 3-7 for 51 yards passing and rushed for 83 more on nine carries.

Goldendale 0 – 7 – 7 – 6 20

Andrew Christiansen

WOLF BALL: Demetrius McCoy scampers around the White Salmon defense.

White Swan 0 – 0 – 0 – 0 0

Rushing – Wolves: Boardman 8-86, McCoy 8-82, Wilkins 6-83, Hicks 6-17, Bartkowski 3-13, Reese 4-13, Briggs 1-6. Cougars: Picard 24-37, Howard Dave 4-16.

Passing – Wolves: Wilkins 3-7-51-1. Cougars: Kosik 11-22-101-1, Picard 0-2-0-1.

Receiving – Wolves: Briggs 2-41, Hicks 1-10. Cougars: Abrams 5-32, Ki Castilleja 3-48, Ray Cheney 3-21.

Tackles – Wolves: Wedgewood 14, Reese 12, Zane Cully 8.

 

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