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By Andrew Christiansen

Leopard long ball hands Wolves first loss


Andrew Christiansen

CUT DOWN: Goldendale's Bryce Wilkins shoots through to take out the legs of Zillah's Damien Rodriguez in the backfield. Anthony Reese is number 12.

A 67-yard touchdown pass and run allowed Zillah to take a 21-14 half-time lead over Goldendale. It turned out to be the game winner as the Leopards ran away with the second half for a 35-14 SCAC west win to preserve their unbeaten record. Goldendale dropped to 2-1 in league play.

Goldendale ran the ball effectively in the first half of a game that was filled with big plays from Zillah's passing game. While Zillah quarterback Trey Delp picked up big chunks of yardage on five passes of 20 yards or more, Goldendale plugged away with defense and a solid first half running game.

The Timberwolves fell behind 13-0 as the Leopards scored on their first two possessions, but Bryce Wilkins scored on a 2-yard run with 20 seconds left in the opening quarter to make a game of it. The touchdown capped a 12 play drive with the Wolves attacking the right side of the Zillah defense on eight straight runs. Two stabs at the middle of the line gained four yards and Wilkins crossed up the Leopards with a run to the right for the score.

Zillah fumbled the ball on the first play of the second quarter and Logan Boardman recovered at the Leopard 36-yard line. On fourth and two, Wilkins hit Charles Hicks on a short pass. Hicks shook off a couple of tacklers and fought his way to the 2-yard line. Boardman gave Goldendale the lead on a 3-yard run, two plays later. Mitchell Bane was good on both point-after kicks.

On the second play of their next possession, Zillah fumbled again with the ball bouncing into the hands of Cameron Read at the Zillah 41. A good run on first down took the ball inside the 30, but a fumble handed the ball back to the Leopards. Zillah didn't take long to take advantage of the break. On second down Delp hit Blaine Ross for a 67-yard touchdown.

Delp hit one more bomb to Israel Suarez near the end of the half, a 51-yard strike to Goldendale's 10-yard line. Trent Radway and Grant Gunkel batted down a couple of passes and a field goal attempt went wide.

Delp threw the ball 21 times in the first half and for the most part, Goldendale pressured the quarterback and covered well. Delp had 206 first half yards passing. Goldendale had 90 yards on the ground at the break.

Goldendale started the second half with a decent drive that came up a yard short on fourth down at their own 46-yard line. Delp wasted no time, hitting Jacob Cleveringa for a 46-yard touchdown. A razzle-dazzle two point attempt fell inches short and Goldendale still was in the game at 27-14.

The next series was a bit of a turning point in the game. On second down, Zillah stuffed a play, but they were called for defensive holding, drawing a strong reaction from the Leopard sidelines. It seemed to fire-up the team and yards became hard to find for Goldendale. Five plays and one yard later, Boardman punted the ball 54 yards into the Leopard end zone. For the rest of the third quarter and all but the final 35 seconds of the fourth quarter, Goldendale was penned up behind their 40 yard line.

Delp had one more long passing play to Cleveringa for 24 yards and he ran four yards for the final touchdown of the game on the first play of the fourth quarter. The Leopards next possession saw a nine play drive stopped on an interception by Wilkins at the Goldendale 12-yard line.

The only first down for the Wolves in the fourth quarter came on third and 13 from the nine yard line. Boardman ran down the line of scrimmage from his wide-out position and took a Wilkins pass down field in typical Boardman shifty fashion for a 22-yard gain. The drive ended in a punt.

The Wolves fought to the end and J.C. Cline blocked a punt with 35 seconds left to give the Wolves the ball at the Zillah 36-yard line. The game ended two plays later.

The win locked in a top four finish for Zillah. Goldendale is tied with Naches Valley for third at 2-1, behind La Salle at 3-1. Goldendale is at Cle Elum-Roslyn on Friday night. La Salle plays Naches Valley on Friday and finishes with Goldendale on Oct. 30. The Timberwolves and Naches Valley play in Goldendale next week.

Zillah 13 – 8 – 6 – 8 35

Goldendale 7 – 7 – 0 – 0 14

Rushing: Goldendale – Boardman 13-40, Wilkins 11-40, Demetrius McCoy 12-15, Hicks 2-12, Jesse Bartkowski 4-6. Zillah – Crossley 14-81, Damien Rodriguez 10-53, Zack Williams 3-0, Delp 3-30, Tegan DeOchoa 5-24. Passing: Goldendale – Wilkins 4-11-0-61. Zillah – Delp 14-27-1-280. Receiving: Goldendale – Hicks 1-26, Boardman 1-22, McCoy 1-13, Briggs 1-0. Zillah – Cleveringa 5-87, Ross 2-75, Israel Suarez 2-57, Issac Suarez 3-45, Beaudry Widner 2-10.


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