By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Cougars win second straight on the gridiron, crush White Swan


October 11, 2017

Jaryd Cline

Sophomore Brandon Montoya, shown against Goldendale on Sept. 18, ran for 291 yards and three scores against White Swan last Friday.

The Lyle-Wishram-Klickitat Cougars carried over last week's drubbing of Dayton-Waitsburg into this week, and although it took the team a few possessions to get going, once they started rolling, there was no stopping them.

The Cougars cruised to a 50-20 Eastern Washington Athletic Conference win on the road at White Swan, ending their four game road trip the same way it started on Sept. 18 in Goldendale, with a decisive win.

After he was named the WIAA Player of the Week on the gridiron for Class 2B school after his standout performance against Dayton-Waitsburg, Brandon Montoya followed with an even more dominant game. The sophomore running back ran for, wait for it, 291 yards on 17 carries and reached the endzone three times in the first half.

Senior quarterback Jeramiah Osterander also aired it out for 113 yards and three passing touchdowns, but the Cougar defense enjoyed one of its best games, forcing five turnovers and sacking the opposing quarterback five times.

One of those turnovers got the Cougs on the board in the first quarter. Junior Sam McCullough burst across the line and scooped up a bad snap that sailed over the White Swan quarterback's head and took it 35 yards the other way to put the road team on the board first at 6-0.


After a few traded possessions between both teams, Montoya boarded the touchdown train, destination endzone, with a ticket that didn't expire until the third quarter. He capped the scoring in the first quarter with a 70 yard run straight up the middle to the house, with McCullough adding the two-point conversion to put the Cougs up 14-0. But Montoya wasn't done.

He added two more long touchdown runs early in the second quarter, one from 44 yards and the other from 58 yards out, but the Cougars weren't done.

Osterander found senior Reco Quintero in the endzone from 40 yards out with senior Quincy McConville catching the two-point conversion and a little bit later the team went into halftime up 36-6.

After halftime, Osterander added a pair of passing touchdowns, hitting freshman Robbie Dorr from five yards out and Quintero from 12 yards out and the Cougs were firmly in control at 50-6.

They mixed and matched some players at different positions, and played some of the younger guys in the fourth quarter to close out the game.

McCullough, who scored the Cougs' first defensive touchdown of the year, was all over the field defensively. He totaled 17 tackles and had two fumble recoveries, junior Jarren Leslie made 11 tackles, and Montoya had nine tackles of his own.

Quintero was Osterander's favorite target, catching two balls for 62 yards and the two scores and along with the QBs 113 passing yards, Osterander also added 29 yards on the ground.

The Cougars improved to 3-3 overall and 2-2 in EWAC play, and have won three of their last four games after starting out 0-2. They have yet to win at home this season, but get another crack at it later this week.

They return home for the first time since a Sept. 8 loss to Tri-Cities Prep and host Liberty Christian at 7 p.m. Friday at Lyle High School.


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