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By Jaryd Cline

Lyle-Wishram wins home opener over Goldendale


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PEP TALK: Lyle-Wishram head football coach Antoine Montoya talks to his team during a break in practice in August 2014 in Lyle.

Lyle High School was a no fly zone last Friday as the Cougars picked off Goldendale quarterback Alex Mains three times en route to their 22-0 nonconference victory over the visiting Timberwolves.

Lyle-Wishram (1-2 overall, 0-1 Eastern Washington Athletic Conference), returning to the 11-man gridiron ranks after several years of eight-man football, forced six Goldendale turnovers and stifled the Timberwolves (1-2 overall, 0-0 South Central Athletic Conference) offense for the majority of the night for its first win of the season.

On offense, Brandon Montoya hauled in a 90-yard receiving touchdown from quarterback Jeramiah Ostrander and ran for 94 yards on 11 carries, while Elijah McCullough and Quincy McConville each scored on the ground to lead the Cougars offense, while their defense held Goldendale to 129 yards of total offense.

"I think it was great to finally get a win against an A school at that," Lyle-Wishram head coach Antoine Montoya said in an email to The Sentinel. "I believe we get better and better every week."

Reco Quintero picked off Mains twice and DaSean Leslie added the third interception while Montoya, Samuel McCullough and Chad Hester each recovered fumbles for the Cougars, who, according to Antoine Montoya, have shown steady improvement every time they hit the gridiron.

The Cougars fell 27-6 to Class 1A Stevenson on Sept. 2 and 50-14 to Tri-Cities Prep on Sept. 9, both road games, before totaling 333 offensive yards in their home opener against the Timberwolves.

"I believe we get better and better every week," Montoya said in the email.

For Goldendale, Mains was the main source of offense, throwing for 52 yards and rushing for 50, including a 48-yard scamper. Alex Allan totaled 20 yards on the ground, and Skylar Lowe and Cameron Read combined for three receptions and 36 yards.

Lyle-Wishram is at home for the next three weeks, facing a tough matchup on Saturday at 2 p.m. against Kittitas High School, the top team in the EWAC.

Goldendale is also at home, opening SCAC play against Zillah on Friday at 7 p.m. at Barthlow Field. The Timberwolves haven't lost at home this season, while the Leopards (2-1, 1-0) are undefeated on the road, crushing Wahluke 62-6 in their season opener on Sept. 2 in Mattawa.

The Leopards knocked off the Timberwolves 35-14 on Oct. 9, 2015, in Goldendale, and are coached by Tim Strother, brother of former Goldendale football coach Don Strother, who led the Wolves for five seasons.


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