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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Goldendale football schedule to lighten up after playing top two SCAC West teams

 

September 26, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Freshman Tyler Wells recovered a fumble late in the first quarter for the Wolves on Friday night against the Leopards.

The brutal opening stretch of the South Central Athletic Conference West schedule is over for the Timberwolves after playing two of the toughest teams in the state the last couple of weeks, and the load should be a lot lighter for the remaining five games.

Goldendale opened the SCAC slate of games at La Salle on Sept. 14 and hosted Zillah in a 57-0 defeat last Friday, two teams that are ranked among the top 10 Class 1A teams in various polls. Zillah is ranked as the No. 3 Class 1A team according to sports writers around the state, and La Salle is ranked in the top 10 by the Tacoma News Tribune. The complete lists can be seen at https://bit.ly/2Iba0Ce.

But last Friday, the No. 3 Leopards traveled to Goldendale and shut out the Wolves 57-0 after a strong opening half and a balanced offense.

The Wolves though didn't back down from the Leopards, a team that's reached the state tournament the last four years.

Trying to air it out on the first play, Goldendale junior Corbin Bland broke up a deep pass attempt from Zillah quarterback Claysen Delp. However, the Leopards connected for a 45 yard touchdown strike shortly after with 10:48 left in the first quarter, and went up 21-0 after the opening 12 minutes.

Sophomore running back Lucas Black had some good carries early on including a 15-yard first-down run, but the Wolves couldn't get much going offensively against Zillah's stout defense, which has shut out each of the four teams it has played so far this season.

They were able to force a couple of key turnovers, including freshman Tyler Wells recovery when Zillah got the ball in the redzone after a long punt return.

Early in the third quarter, Goldendale sophomore lineman Blake Waddell had a big tackle for loss to force a third and long situation, and Wells got to the quarterback for a strip sack, but the Leopards recovered but were forced to punt. A few series later, Waddell jumped on a Zillah fumble to give possession back to the Wolves.

Cle Elum

The Wolves head up north for a long trip to Cle Elum Friday afternoon for a 7 p.m. meeting with the Warriors.

Goldendale makes the 130 mile trip to take on the 0-4 Warriors, a team that hasn't scored yet and has lost big decisions to River View, College Place, Warden, and Naches.

Last season, Cle Elum topped the Wolves 26-14 after edging the Wolves 16-8 in overtime in 2016.

 

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