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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Cougars start new 8-man season with big win over Oakville


September 12, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Lyle-Wishram-Klickitat linebacker/running back Brandon Montoya drags down the quarterback during last season's district playoff game against Oroville on Nov. 3, 2017 in Lyle. Montoya is back for his junior season, and should be one of the most exciting players in the state with the football in his hands this season.

Dropping back down to the eight-man football ranks after two years of playing with 11 men on the gridiron, the Lyle-Wishram-Klickitat Cougars crushed undermanned Oakville 76-6 with contributions from everyone on the team.

Traveling to Oakville, which is about 60 miles north of Longview, last Friday, the Cougars scored early and often with their No. 1 offense on the field.

The Cougs opened the game with 46 straight points, all coming within the first eight minutes of the game in an all-around impressive display where their offense and defense ran smoothly.

They were able to run wild with their first-team offense on the field, compiling over 200 yards on the ground including seven rushing touchdowns within the game's opening 20 minutes.

After the first quarter and a half, the Cougs started shuffling in some of the younger guys and second teamers, and didn't really skip a beat on either side of the ball.

Junior Brandon Montoya played in just the first quarter, but totaled 63 yards on the ground on three carries including two touchdowns, while also adding a touchdown catch from 98 yards out. Senior Dasean Leslie added two touchdowns and 29 yards, and senior Sam McCullough had 27 yards on two carries and a touchdown.

Freshmen Aaron Smith and Tyler Kroeskop also found success running the ball later in the game. Smith finished with 31 yards and a score while Kroeskop rushed once for 49 yards and a touchdown.

Defensively, senior Gerry Kindrick racked up 14 total tackles, McCullough had seven tackles and a fumble recovery, and Montoya had six and an interception. Senior Jarren Leslie and Haden Flock each added seven tackles with Leslie recovered a fumble. Smith added three tackles, a sack, and two fumble recoveries, one which he returned 38 yards to the house.

The Cougs will be on the road again this weekend against Crescent High School in Joyce.

Joyce, in the northern part of the state, is about 20 miles west of Port Angeles.

The Crescent Loggers currently are 1-1 on the season with a 58-50 win over Chief Leschi on Aug. 31 and a 52-22 loss to Quilcene last Saturday.

Kickoff for Saturday's game between the Cougars and Loggers is set for 2 p.m.


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