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By Jaryd Cline

Wolves drop 5th straight, fall at Granger


Jaryd Cline

FACING THE PRESSURE: Junior quarterback Alex Mains Stif-arms a Granger defender during Friday's game in Granger

Late in the second half during Goldendale's 38-14 loss to the Granger Spartans on Friday, an offensive lineman looked to the sidelines and asked head coach Alan Hale for a breather.

"I've got nobody," Hale responded, looking down the line of his small reserve unit, which seems to get smaller and smaller each week.

One day before the game, Hale found out four players were suspended three games for a rules violation, leaving the Timberwolves shorthanded again and forcing Hale to use a different offensive line combination for the seventh straight game.

The Timberwolves played well throughout the first quarter and for spurts of the game, but it was Granger's passing attack that caught the Timberwolves off guard.

The Spartans scored four times through the air and took advantage of a young Goldendale secondary after the Timberwolves did a solid job neutralizing Granger's ground attack.

"Front seven wise, I feel like we did a pretty good job with their run game," Hale said.

"We have a pretty young secondary ... they're still making some young mistakes," Hale added of his secondary."

Along with the four players suspended, seniors Maverick Frantum and Grant Gunkel were forced from Friday's game with injuries and didn't return. Their status for this week's game is up in the air.

Goldendale's defense held firm throughout the opening quarter in Granger, forcing the Spartans to punt multiple times while freshman Devon Miner recovered a Spartan's fumble inside Goldendale's 20 yard line.

However, the Spartans found the endzone with 5:02 left in the opening quarter and scored two more touchdowns in the second quarter and led 18-0 at the break. All three first half scores came through the air.

Granger tacked on two more touchdowns in the third before the Timberwolves found the scoreboard early in the fourth quarter. With just over nine minutes in the fourth after senior linebacker Cameron Read intercepted a Granger pass, quarterback Alex Mains kept the option, made a break toward the middle of the field and dashed into the endzone from 18 yards out for Goldendale's first score.

Minutes later the Wolves scored again. With less than a minute to play after a Goldendale timeout, Mains dropped back and found Read in the endzone for their second score. Read then took a handoff and rumbled into the endzone for the two-point conversion and the game's final score.

Friday's loss took the Wolves out of postseason contention, but Hale and the rest of the team are focused on finishing the season strong as a stepping stone for next season.

Goldendale hosts the Cle Elum Warriors Friday at 7 p.m. at Barthlow Field and travels to Highland High School on Oct. 28. The Teams are a combined 1-8 in South Central Athletic Conference West play.


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