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By Jaryd Cline

Timberwolves drop senior-night heartbreaker to Warriors in overtime


Jaryd Cline

TOUCHDOWN: Junior lineman Dylan Denning celebrates after Alex Mains' touchdown run on Friday against Cle Elum.

Goldendale football coach Alan Hale held two fingers an inch apart during Monday's practice on the junior varsity baseball field right outside the high school gym.

"We lost by that much," Hale said referencing Goldendale's 16-8 South Central Athletic Conference overtime loss to the Cle Elum Warriors on Friday at Barthlow Field.

That wasn't a classic coach cliché either. Friday's game, in which Goldendale played in an overtime contest for the first time since Homecoming 2009, literally was a game of inches.

Goldendale do-it-all senior stud Cameron Read was stopped at the one millimeter line on a fourth down and goal reception in the third quarter that would've tied the game at 8, and the Timberwolves were halted on their only overtime possession later in the game for a heartbreaking loss on senior night.

In a defensively minded first half which featured many punts from both teams, the Warriors struck first after a long touchdown run and two-point conversion and held the Wolves off the scoreboard until early in the fourth quarter.

Shortly after the Timberwolves turned the ball over to the Warriors after Read was stopped short, they forced a fourth down, blocked a punt and recovered the ball at the Warrior's 11 yard line. On the ensuing possession, quarterback Alex Mains dashed into the endzone from 10 yards out to make it 8-6 Warriors.

A false start moved the ball back to the eight yard line as the Wolves attempted to tie the game, but it didn't matter. Mains connected with his favorite target, Read, who came down with the ball across the goal line amid a flurry of Cle Elum defenders to notch the game at eight with under 11 minutes left in the game.

Read caught two balls for a team-best 43 receiving yards along with the two-point reception, rushed for 24 yards and combined for 10 tackles Friday night. He's been the driving force of the Timberwolves all season, and embodies what Hale wants on the gridiron.

"He's the type of player you build around and you hope he can pull the rest of the guys with him," Hale said. "He wants so bad for this team to be successful. He wants them to be successful. He wants to lead them to victory ... you've got to have more kids like that."

In overtime, the Warriors won the toss and scored six plays later, adding a two-point conversion, and intercepted Mains a few plays later on defense to end the game.

It was an emotional night for Read and the rest of small group of seniors, as it always is on senior night, who finished the year with just one win at Barthlow Field, a 48-12 win over College Place on Sept. 9.


The Wolves conclude the regular season with a road meeting with the Highland Scotties on Friday at 7 p.m. in Cowiche.

The Wolves and Scotties are both winless in SCAC West play, but Hale believes his team has a good chance to snap its six game losing streak.

"I think we match up very well with them," Hale said. "Whichever one of us steps up and makes fewer mistakes will be the winning team."

The Scotties fell to College Place 29-8 on Sept. 2, and lost to Cle Elum 37-8 Oct. 14.


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