Strong Goldendale ground game can't get past River View on Homecoming
October 17, 2018
The Timberwolves were once again locked in a close contest on the gridiron last Friday night against nonconference foe River View, but again it was a third quarter rally which led the visitors to a 35-16 win over the Wolves during the annual Homecoming game.
Led by a two touchdown performance on the ground by sophomore Lucas Black, including one of the best runs I've ever seen at Barthlow Field, the Wolves remained within striking distance of the Panthers until they found the endzone three times in the third quarter to pull away from the young Wolves.
Black and the Goldendale offensive line continued the strong running effort as the team totaled 195 rushing yards, outgaining their opponents for the third straight contest on the ground. Black contributed 153 of those yards on 29 carries and got the Wolves on the board when he punched the ball in from three yards out with 3:03 left in the first half. Goldendale trailed 15-8 after Black's score and the two-point conversion run from junior quarterback Corbin Bland.
That three yard touchdown was set up by a mini beastquake run from Black, who broke a half-dozen or so tackles and barreled over people for a 40 + yard gain before finally being taken down inside the five yard line. The packed stands at Barthlow Field erupted during that run, and the two-point conversion made it a one score game at 15-8, where it stood until River View broke out in the third quarter.
After the halftime break and the Homecoming court made its way across the track in the nice cars, River View scored three times in the third, including on its first possession after Goldendale fumbled the kickoff to open the half.
The Panthers took advantage of Goldendale's turnovers in the third, and took a 35-8 lead into the fourth that they were able to hold on to, although the Wolves remained hungry throughout the rest of the game.
After the Wolves recovered a River View fumble with 10 minutes left in the game at the Panthers 20, it took just one play for them to again find the endzone.
Black took a carry 20 yards into the endzone on first down and freshman Bryce Waddell took the two-point carry into the endzone to make it 35-16 Panthers, but that was all the scoring for the Wolves.
Bland had a big run midway through the fourth, breaking some tackles and tiptoeing the sideline to get the ball into the redzone, but the Panthers held the Wolves out of the endzone.
Black was the big source of offense for the Wolves with his 153 rushing yards, but he also contributed a sack and two tackles on the other side of the ball. Napoloen Owen led the Wolves with six tackles, Bland and Waddell both had five, and Andrew Lund contributed a sack and two tackles.
With the SCAC slate nearing its end, the Wolves have just two contests left before the postseason. Currently, Goldendale sits at fifth place in the seven-team SCAC West at 1-3, one game back of the Granger Spartans and a half-game ahead of the Highland Scotties. The top four teams advance to districts for a league crossover game with the East side of the league.
Goldendale travels to Highland on Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff with the Scotties, who sit 1-6 overall and 1-4 in league play. Their lone win came on Oct. 28 against Cle Elum, a 28-0 win for the Scotties.