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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Cougars dominate DeSales for fourth straight win on gridiron

 

October 25, 2017

Jaryd Cline

Lyle-Wishram-Klickitat quarterback Jeramiah Osterander looks for some running room during the team's win at Goldendale on Sept. 18.

Entering last Friday's Eastern Washington Athletic Conference matchup between Lyle-Wishram-Klickitat and DeSales, the Irish were sitting at second in the league standings.

The Cougars, who had a handful of days to get ready for the Irish, didn't think it was enough to stop their aerial attack.

"We had a week to prepare for DeSales and felt like it might not have been enough with their high-powered passing game and tricky screen plays," Cougars head coach Antoine Montoya said in an email.

At 4-1, they were second in the league with their only loss coming to Tri-Cities Prep, who had knocked off the Cougars at home 42-8 in the second game of the season.

However, after a tightly contested first half, the Cougs got into a groove after the half, and ran the Irish off the field with a 34-9 win that pushed the Cougs into a three-way tie for second place in the Class 2B EWAC.

Sophomore Brandon Montoya had 220 yards on the ground and three touchdowns while senior quarterback Jeramiah Osterander finished with 216 yards through the air on 14 of 25 attempts along with 49 rushing yards and a touchdown.

"This game was huge for us and was a test to see where we matched up against the league's best," Antoine Montoya said.

The Cougs now sit in a three-way tie with the Irish and Kittitas at 4-2 in conference play with one game left in the regular season.

The Cougs match up with the 1-3 (in league play) Mabton Vikings on the road with a chance to rise in the EWAC standings depending on how Kittitas and DeSales finish on Friday.

The opening quarter Friday was a back-and-forth scoreless stalemate, with both teams making big defensive plays to keep the other of the scoreboard.

The second quarter was much of the same until, with under five minutes left in the half, Montoya took an inside handoff and broke outside, sprinting 92 yards to the endzone to put the Cougs on the board first. Senior Reco Quintero caught a ball from Osterander on the two-point conversion to put the home team up 8-0 with limited time before the half. DeSales added three points just before the break on a long field goal.

The Cougs came out more aggressive defensively and got after the Irish quarterback and opened the second half with 14 unanswered points.

Montoya scored on the ground from a yard out and with junior Jarren Leslie converting the two-point conversion, and Osterander added a five-yard rushing touchdown to put the Cougs up 22-3 going into the fourth.

Montoya completed the hat trick with his third rushing score early into the fourth, and DeSales finally moved the ball into the endzone but missed on the two-point conversion to make it 28-9.

Senior Quincy McConville took a sweep to the house with 2:20 left in the game, giving the Cougs the 34-9 advantage and their fourth straight win.

It was a big effort on both sides of the ball to hold the Irish to just nine points.

The Cougs came up with four sacks and forced two fumbles on defense. Senior lineman Elijah McCullough finished with a team-best 13 tackles and a sack, while Sam McCullough came up with 12 tackles and a sack. Montoya had 10 tackles defensively, and also forced and recovered a fumble.

Lyle-Wishram-Klickitat is back in action Friday, traveling to Mabton for its regular season finale against the Vikings. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

Mabton sits at 2-5 overall and 2-3 in EWAC play, and I'm sure the coaching staff and players at Lyle aren't forgetting last year's 48-20 Mabton win in which the Vikings attempted onside kicks and continued throwing deep balls well into the fourth quarter.

 

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