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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Wolves run with Naches early but fall down the stretch; Homecoming Friday vs. River View


October 10, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Junior quarterback Corbin Bland trucks a Naches defender in the first half of Friday's loss to the Rangers.

The Goldendale Timberwolves hung tough throughout the first half with the Naches Rangers Friday night on the gridiron, but a three touchdown third quarter propelled the Rangers to a 41-18 South Central Athletic Conference West win on a very wet night at Barthlow Field.

Coming off last week's road win against the Warriors in Cle Elum in which the team ran for 408 yards, Goldendale's ground game was strong again against a big Ranger front. Both running back Lucas Black and quarterback Corbin Bland controlled the ground game for the Wolves and both rushed for over 100 yards, but Naches had a shifty back of its own in Alex Sloan, who scored five touchdowns including taking the game's opening kickoff to the house.

Sloan took the opening kickoff 69 yards into the endzone to give the Rangers the 7-0 lead less than 30 seconds into the game, but it didn't take the Wolves long to get into an offensive rhythm and answer.

The Wolves went three and out and punted on their opening possession, but their defense came ready to play. Junior Napoleon Owen sniffed out a screen pass and dropped the receiver for a loss of yards, and sophomore Blake Waddell sacked Naches quarterback Colton Lucas on the next play. A missed field goal two plays later gave the Wolves, who were ready to run, the ball at the 20.

Black ran for a first down on the first play of the drive, a defensive pass interference penalty moved the ball near midfield, and Black capped the drive at only three plays when he burst outside for a 49 yard touchdown run on the very next play. Black's score made it 7-6 Naches after a failed two-point conversion.

Naches answered its next possession with a quick touchdown (14-6 with 3:03 left in the first) and after a few traded possessions, the Wolves struck again.

Freshman Bryce Waddell recovered a fumble at his own 25 and the Timberwolves proceeded to march the field and score after big runs from Black and Bland. Bland had a big run that brought the Wolves into the redzone, trucking two Naches defenders in front of the Goldendale sideline before going down at the 13. Black punched it in a few plays later from eight yards out and trailed 14-12 as the rain lightly started to fall with around three minutes left in the half.

Naches scored again before the half ended and took a 21-12 lead into the break. The rain intensified and continued to pour the entirety of the second half.

The Rangers opened the third quarter about how the second ended, with two touchdown drives in the first six minutes to pull away. They led 34-12 after those two rushing touchdowns from Sloan, and tacked on one more touchdown with 1:41 left in the third to take a 41-12 lead.

The fourth quarter was a stalemate, with the teams continuing to battle it out in the rain. The quarter went scoreless until Goldendale's last drive of the game. Freshman Tony Enyeart had a couple carries that brought the ball inside Naches' 10, and a few plays later on fourth down and short with time running low, Bland kept it himself and powered into the endzone with eight seconds left. He finished with 121 yards on the ground and Black piled up 164 yards as the team averaged over six yards per carry.

Next up for the Wolves is the last nonconference contest of the season in the River View Panthers, who travel to Goldendale for Friday's Homecoming game. The Panthers, at 2-4 overall and 1-3 in SCAC East play, knocked off Cle Elum 48-0 on Aug. 31 and beat Wahluke 15-7 last Friday.

The Panthers and Wolves met in last year's district crossover game where River View finished on top 44-20.

Kickoff for Friday night's game is set for 7 p.m.


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