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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Shorthanded Lyle-Wishram-Klickitat football team falls to Jaguars


September 13, 2017

Jaryd Cline

Cougars senior defensive back Reco Quintero drags a Tri-Cities Prep ballcarrier down during Friday's game in Lyle.

After playing their season opener against Stevenson with just 15 players, the Lyle-Wishram-Klickitat Cougars were down to just 13 players when they took the field last Friday against the Tri-Cities Prep Jaguars.

Having just two subs played a big part in the game as the Cougars dropped their first Eastern Washington Athletic Conference contest 42-8 to the Jaguars.

After a week of practicing in the gym because of the poor air quality outside, the LWK coaching staff focused on how to contain Jaguars quarterback Kobe Singleton on offense, but the sophomore did more damage on defense with two interceptions.

The teams traded punts early in the opening quarter before Tri-Cities Prep went up 7-0 after a 60 yard screen pass in which the runner broke multiple tackles along the way.

The Cougars also hurt themselves with a few turnovers as well early on and the Jags capitalized, scoring right after an interception that put them on top 13-0.

"We're just giving them points guys," Cougars head coach Antoine Montoya told his group after falling behind.

The lack of depth for the Cougars was a big factor in the game, having only two subs all game. Their defense was able to come up with big stops at times, but having just 13 players suited up really hurt the team.

Tri-Cities Prep went up 27-0 with 31 seconds left in the half, and recovered an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff. They took a shot to the endzone, but freshman Robbie Door came up big with his second interception this season, earning the nickname Robbie Island.

With the clock running low, sophomore running back Brandon Montoya lined up wide, and senior quarterback Jeramiah Osterander avoided the rush, scrambled to the right and hit Montoya in stride for what seemed to be a 62 yard touchdown bomb to put the Cougs on the board. However, a familiar yellow penalty flag negated the touchdown. Osterander was about a yard past the line of scrimmage when he fired the deep bomb to Montoya.

The Cougs went into halftime down, but not out. They held the Jags to one score in the third quarter but still had trouble on offense.

They were forced to punt again with around 4:21 left, but senior Reco Quintero raced up field and popped the ball loose from the return man, giving the ball back to the Cougs.

With the ball on their own side of the field early in the fourth quarter, the Cougs got onto the board for the first time after Montoya ripped off a long run to the endzone.

He took the handoff on an inside run play and burst through the hole and headed toward the sideline, where he outsprinted Singleton and scored. Montoya then punched the ball in from two yards out for the two-point conversion.

The Jaguars scored once more with one second left to make it 42-8, almost the same score as when the Seahawks beat the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.

The Cougars come to Goldendale later this week for a nonconference matchup with the Timberwolves with kickoff set for 7 Barthlow Field. Lyle-Wishram-Klickitat won 22-0 over the Wolves in Lyle last season.


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