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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Goldendale football drops opener, hosts old SCAC rival White Swan Friday


September 5, 2018

The Goldendale Timberwolves started off strong in their season opening game against Columbia High last Friday in White Salmon, but the veteran Bruins were too much for the young Wolves in a 53-0 defeat at the hands of the Bruins.

Despite losing some talent from last year's team, the Bruins were still a veteran-heavy team with returners and seniors at key positions and some big kids up front. But that seemed to be the biggest factor in Friday's game, the Bruins upperclassmen using their experience to their advantage.

Early on in the game though, the Wolves were ready for the challenge and looked ready to compete after a strong opening defensive series. But after that, it was pretty much all White Salmon.

Goldendale started with the ball, but the young offense led by junior quarterback Corbin Bland was outmatched by the bigger Bruins for much of the night.

After turning the ball over on downs on its opening possession, Goldendale allowed a first-down run on the first defensive play. With the Bruins threatening to score, the defense clamped down and forced three straight negative or zero yard plays before forcing an incompletion on fourth and 17 to get the ball back.

The Wolves forced a punt on their next defensive possession, but the Bruins started capitalizing after that. They struck for 53 unanswered points, including three touchdowns from White Salmon's Chandlor Bucklin.

White Swan

The Wolves will be at home Friday for their first game this season at Barthlow Field.

Goldendale's old South Central Athletic Conference rival White Swan will travel to town for a 7 p.m. kickoff with the Timberwolves.

The Cougars, who dropped to the Class 2B rankings close to a decade ago, compete in the Eastern Washington Athletic Conference, the same conference Lyle-Wishram competed in last year before dropping to eight-man football this season.

In his time as an assistant for the Lyle-Wishram Cougars, Goldendale assistant coach Kyle Cairns went up against White Swan in each of the previous two seasons.

The last time Goldendale played White Swan, the Wolves pitched a 20-0 shutout back in September 2015. Injured senior Brian Waddell was a freshman on that team.

White Swan dropped its opening game this year, a 34-14 defeat to DeSales last Friday.


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