Cougs bounce back on the grid with big win over Mary M. Knight
October 10, 2018
The Lyle-Wishram-Klickitat gridders got a taste of how it feels to be on the other side of a big win on Sept. 28 against Pe Ell-Willapa Valley in an 11-man game, but bounced back Saturday with a 65-6 eight-man win over Mary M. Knight in Elma.
The Cougars fell to Pe Ell-Willapa Valley 33-7 two weeks ago but bounced back Saturday with the big eight-man road win in their second trip to the western part of the state in as many weeks. They played in Menlo (186 mile drive from Lyle) in their loss two weeks ago and traveled to Elma (190 mile drive from Lyle) for the win against the Owls where the Cougs got contributions from the entire team.
LWK scored a touchdown on its first offensive play and led 22-6 after the first quarter before the team continued to score. The lead climbed to over 40 points in the third as the Cougs' second team came in and continued to move the ball on offense and hold the Owls on defense.
After winning the coin toss and choosing to receive, the Cougs were caught off guard after a squib kick that the Owls recovered. It took only four plays for them to get the ball back, forcing a turnover on downs and getting the ball near midfield. Their first play was a reverse that started with Sam McCullough, who gave it to Brandon Montoya, taking it the other direction for 56 yards and a touchdown.
Montoya scored another rushing touchdown, this one from 15 yards out, and the Owls drove the field and scored their only touchdown of the game with 2:30 left in the first quarter, but after that it was all Cougars. They ran off 51 straight points after the Owls found the endzone to close out the win.
After the Owls' scored, Montoya added touchdown rushes of five, 54, and five yards respectfully as the Cougs closed out the first half leading 37-6.
With the Owls driving the ball to the Cougar 10 on the first possession of the second half, Jarren Leslie recovered a fumble after Montoya's hit knocked the ball loose on a quarterback rollout, getting the ball back to the Cougs while taking away a scoring opportunity from the Owls.
Montoya scored again shortly after creating the turnover on an 85 yard run that put the Cougs up 43-6. They forced another turnover the next possession when DaSean Leslie intercepted a pass at the Cougs 23 that led to another touchdown, this time through the air. Quarterback Kurtis Billette hit Robbie Dorr for a 25 yard pickup before finding Jarren Leslie from 50 yards out for a touchdown, making it 49-6 LWK.
The second team came in shortly after and continued to move the ball. After a 50 yard run from Aaron Smith put the Cougs in scoring position, quarterback Cruz Montoya found Gerry Kindrick in the endzone from 10 yards out for another touchdown.
They turned defense into offense one more time when Smith forced a fumble that was recovered and ran back 57 yards for a touchdown by DaSean Leslie.
Brandon Montoya finished with 229 yards on the ground and the six touchdowns and had 10 tackles and a forced fumble on the other side of the ball. Billette completed eight of 12 passes for 219 yards and a touchdown with Jarren Leslie catching five of those passes for 124 yards and the score.
McCullough led the team with 13 tackles and also had a sack with Kindrick adding 10 tackles.
The Cougs have another road game this weekend before returning home. They play Oregon's Adrian High School on Saturday at noon in Jordan Valley, Oregon, a town named for Michael M. Jordan, a 19th century prospector.
After that, the Cougs are back at home for a Thursday, Oct. 18 game against Oregon's St. Paul High School starting at 4 p.m. St. Paul sits at 6-0 overall and lost in last year's Oregon Class 2A state semifinals.