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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Granger spoils Goldendale senior night with 35-0 win

 

October 31, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Freshman Caleb Smith takes a pitch around the outside while freshman James Hastings looks to make a block for him during last Friday's loss to Granger.

The Goldendale gridders sustained several long offensive drives during last Friday's senior night contest against the Granger Spartans, but couldn't get the ball into the endzone during the 35-0 loss to the Spartans.

It was a night where the team's lone suited-up senior, Austin Hamllik, was honored before playing his last game in front of the hometown fans.

The Wolves, however, faced an uphill challenge trying to slow down Granger's rushing offense while trying to get their own ground game going against a big Spartan line.

Along with Granger's big guys up front, the Wolves also had a hard time bringing down Spartan senior back Juan Artega, who scored three offensive touchdowns to go along with over 300 rushing yards. For much of the night, the Wolves were able to get to Artega early, but the shifty back was tough to bring down and continuously broke tackles for extra yards.

But Goldendale sophomore Lucas Black also was tough to bring down. One of the hottest runners in the league over the past couple of weeks, Black was under center against Granger with usual quarterback Corbin Bland out.

Black bruised his way to 143 yards on the ground but also took a beating from the Spartans while carrying the ball 36 times.

Right off the bat the Wolves got out and were able to move the ball on the Spartans after freshman Caleb Smith returned the opening kickoff to the 38. The Wolves picked up first downs on the ground and Black connected with junior Napoleon Owen for another first down that moved the ball to Granger's 16, but the offense stalled and turned the ball over on downs.

It didn't take long for Granger to get going. Artega picked up 79 yards on his first carry and the Spartans scored less than a minute later. Granger scored again early in the second to go up 14-0, but it looked like Goldendale would bounce back on the next possession.

After recovering Granger's short kick at their own 40, it didn't take long for the Wolves to get in scoring range thanks to some big runs from Black and multiple third-and-fourth-down conversions. However, with the ball on the one yard line, Granger recovered a fumble that slipped from Black's hands and returned it 99 yards for the score.

Granger went up 21-0 and looked to score again before the half, moving the ball down the field after recovering a punt deep in their own territory. With time running low in the half, Spartan QB Jonathon Mendoza dropped back to pass and let it fly, right into the arms of Goldendale defensive back Tyler Wells, who intercepted the ball at the one and took it to the 30 before being brought down.

Granger scored two more touchdowns in the second half and kept the Wolves out of the endzone for the shutout. Defensively for the Wolves, sophomore Blake Waddell led the team with 4.5 combined tackles while Wells and freshman Matt Blain had four. Junior Napoleon Owen caught two passes for 24 yards on offense and recorded 3.5 tackles and recovered a fumble on defense in the second half.

The Wolves have one game left on the schedule, Friday's finale against Class 2A Wapato.

Goldendale will travel to Wapato Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff with the Wolves. Wapato plays in the 2A Central Washington Athletic Conference and sits at 1-8 overall with its lone win coming against Highland on Sept. 7. Wapato scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter for the come-from-behind 18-15 win over the Scotties.

 

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