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By Jaryd Cline
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Goldendale football struggles in second half after strong first in loss at Cle Elum


October 25, 2017

Goldendale head football coach Alan Hale was very pleased with how the Timberwolves began last Friday's South Central Athletic Conference matchup with Cle Elum.

However, in Goldendale's 26-14 loss to the Warriors, it was a game full of momentum with the Timberwolves dominating in the first half with the Warriors owning the second half.

Goldendale ran out to a 14-0 first-half lead, but was outscored 26-0 by the Warriors over the final 24 minutes.

A big reason for the shift in momentum after halftime was the loss of senior quarterback Alex Mains.

Mains and the Goldendale offense opened the game with a 59 yard, four-minute drive that was capped with a 20 yard touchdown pass to sophomore Corbin Bland.

Late in the second, the Wolves added to their lead after Mains found his brother, sophomore tight end Cameron Mains, in the endzone from nine yards out. After the Mitchell Bane PAT, Goldendale led 14-0 and recovered an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff, but wasn't able to put more points on the board.

The teams traded a few more possessions before Goldendale went into halftime with its first lead this season.

Defensively, Goldendale kept Cle Elum off the scoreboard, had a few sacks and forced them to turn the ball over on downs inside the redzone.

"We didn't do perfect but I'll tell you what, the work that coach (Blake) Lesko and coach (Aaron) Cochran and all the boys put in preparing and just little stunts and movements, we looked a lot better," Hale said.

"Defensive line in the first half did a really nice job of taking on double teams and forcing pileups and shutting down their run game," Hale said.

Mains had just started to find a groove offensively in the first half, with 11 completions and two passing touchdowns in what Hale called his best offensive game since he's been coaching.

However, a shoulder injury sustained early in the third quarter forced him to miss the rest of the game, and that is where the tides deemed to turn.

"On film (Monday), you can literally see the exact play number where their physical stature just changed," Hale said. "It just wasn't quite the same physical attitude they had earlier in the game."

The Warriors were able to add touchdowns after two Goldendale turnovers and the Wolves were unable to move the ball like they did in the first half.


The Scotties run a 3-4 defense with cover two and Hale will be working with Bland and Wells to find some holes in their pass coverage.

He also said the Scotties run the same offense as last year when the Wolves were able to pitch a 12-0 shutout at Highland.

"It's nothing fancy or complicated, but they do their best to execute and get after it," Hale said.

Goldendale will play Friday's game at home without Mains under center, however he missed nearly all of last year's game against the Scotties as well.

The Wolves scored twice on the ground last year and accumulated 209 rushing yards in last year's win. They also recorded three interceptions last year as well, with two coming from junior John David Pomerinke.

Leading up to Friday's game at Barthlow Field, Hale and the team will be focusing on something other than offense, defense, or special teams.

"For us it's going to be the mental edge," he said. "Getting that mental edge of 'OK, we can do this. We can go out, we can do what we have to do. We can move the ball.'

"Getting the kids to really buy into it and believe the fact that they are capable and they can do things. That's really where we're at and what we need to work on." He added.

After last week's first-half shutout and second-half slump, if the Wolves are able to put together a complete football game this Friday, they should be able to give the Scotties all, and more than they can handle.

Highland sits at 0-8 overall and 0-5 in SCAC play this season. The Scotties are coming off a 42-3 loss to the Omak Pioneers last Friday. Omak, of the Caribou Trail League, beat Goldendale 13-9 back in the opening round of the 2006 state football playoffs, the first time Goldendale had made state since 1986.

Kickoff for Friday's senior night game is 7 p.m. at Barthlow Field.


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