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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Timberwolves fall in last minute on gridiron to Scotties


October 24, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Junior Corbin Bland drops back to pass against River View on Oct. 12.

Clinging to a two point lead late in the fourth quarter in Highland, the Timberwolves needed just one more defensive stop to force a turnover on downs and get the ball back deep in Scottie territory.

Facing a fourth and seven near their own 30 with around 2:20 remaining in the game, the Scotties ripped off a 55 yard run down to the Goldendale 25, and later, facing another fourth down, kicked the go ahead field goal with 24 seconds left to steal a 15-14 win from the Wolves.

Goldendale, with less than 30 seconds to work with, was just yards away from scoring the game winning touchdown when time ran out in the fourth quarter of Friday's South Central Athletic Conference contest.

Lucas Black returned the ensuing kickoff to the Goldendale 40 and a Highland targeting penalty on what then was the game's last play advanced the ball forward 15 yards to the Scottie 45 and three seconds were added to the clock. On the last play, quarterback Corbin Bland hit receiver Caleb Smith over the middle and Smith made it down to the eight yard line before being brought down. The time ran out during the play, and Highland held on for the one point win.

It was a tough loss for the visiting Wolves, who held the Scotties to just three points over the final 24 minutes, with those three points coming from the game-winning field goal with less than 30 seconds remaining.

Despite the loss, it was another strong showing from the Goldendale defense, which forced Highland punts all night.

Highland did score on its opening possession on a rush from 15 yards out and forced a punt shortly after during Goldendale's first possession, but the Wolves got the ball right back when they recovered a fumble in Highland territory.

Two plays later, Black carried it 25 yards to the house to get the Wolves on the board. They took an 8-6 lead after Black converted the two-point run.

The teams traded possessions throughout the second quarter, and Highland was forced to punt again after a sack from sophomore Hank Thompson and tackle from senior Austin Hamllik brought up a long fourth down.

After getting the ball back on a punt, the Wolves found the endzone again, this time on a 36 yard strike from Bland to Smith, but the touchdown was negated after a penalty. The touchdown would have increased the Goldendale lead, but they were forced to punt.

Goldendale got the ball back after forcing Highland to punt, but turned the ball over via fumble on its first play of the drive, setting the Scotties up for another score. Highland scored on a 15 yard pass on the first play after recovering the fumble with less than two minutes in the half, and took a 12-8 halftime lead after missing the two-point try.

In the third, Smith had a big reception that set up a two yard touchdown run from Black, which put the Wolves back on top at 14-12. The two-point try missed and the Scotties capitalized with the late field goal.

After the 55 yard Highland run on fourth down and seven, Goldendale shut the Scotties down after they had a first and goal situation and the ball at the three. A pair of incomplete passes and a two yard run was all the Scotties got, along with three false starts which moved the ball back to the 17 yard line on fourth down with 29 seconds left.

After failing on two previous field goal attempts earlier in the game, the 34 yard attempt from senior Miguel Pena split the uprights for the deciding three points.

Goldendale closes out its season with Friday's senior night contest against the Granger Spartans, and will honor seniors Austin Hamllik, Chris Mersch, Aengus O'Conner, and Brian Waddell.

Kickoff against the Spartans, who are 4-4 overall and 3-2 in SCAC West play, is set for 7 p.m. Friday. The Spartans are coming off a 21-14 win against Naches last Friday.


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