Wolves run all over Cle Elum in 48-27 league win
October 3, 2018
Aside from a turnover-plagued second quarter, the Goldendale Timberwolves had their way with the Warriors on Friday in Cle Elum, crushing the home team 48-27 for their first South Central Athletic Conference West victory of the season.
Led by a dominant offensive effort from sophomore running back Lucas Black, Goldendale's ground game wore down the Warriors over the final 24 minutes and turned a one-point halftime deficit into a 21 point win.
Black rushed for four touchdowns, all in the second half with the shortest coming from 15 yards out, and totaled 350 of the team's 408 rushing yards. His four second-half scores accounted for all of the team's points over the final 24 minutes, while the Wolves defense also shut down the Warriors on the ground and held their passing game in check.
It looked to be all Timberwolves early after they went up 14-0 in the first after a rushing touchdown from junior quarterback Corbin Bland and another rushing touchdown from sophomore Dusty Dodge, who was one of a few Timberwolves making their season debuts.
After the Warriors got on the scoreboard a few plays into the second quarter and cut their deficit to 14-7, it took just seconds for Goldendale to strike again.
On the ensuing kickoff, Dodge received the ball and took it 95 yards the other way into the endzone for a 20-7 lead.
However, the rest of the second didn't go as smoothly for the Wolves. Freshman defensive back Bryce Waddell picked off Cle Elum quarterback Cole Robbins in the endzone, but the Warriors got the ball back on a turnover one play later and went on to score again.
A few series later after trading possessions, the Warriors took their first lead of the game at 21-20 after a Goldendale fumble when Robbins threw another touchdown pass, this one from 30 yards out. With the ball again and trying to put more points on the board before the half, the Warriors were stopped after a sack from sophomore linebacker Leo Lucatero.
Freshman backer Matt Blain also had a sack on the Warriors' first possession of the second half which helped get the ball back to Goldendale's offense. Goldendale punted its first drive, but the Warriors muffed the return and the Wolves recovered. On the very next play, Black rushed 37 yards to the house to put the visitors up for good.
Black had a key sack on the next defensive possession which forced a punt, and minutes later scored on the ground again, this time from 15 yards out. Bland ran in the two-point conversion, and Goldendale was in control 36-21 with just 12 minutes to play.
Black added rushing scores from 50 and 35 yards, respectively, junior linebacker Napoleon Owen had an interception, and the Wolves cruised through the rest of the fourth for the road win.
Next, Goldendale has back-to-back home games, with Naches coming to town on Friday for a 7 p.m. Kickoff before Homecoming Week brings the River View Panthers, of the SCAC East, to Barthlow Field.