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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Cougs crush Garfield-Palouse in play-in game, travel Saturday to Entiat


November 7, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Running back Sam McCullough breaks off a big gain during Lyle-Wishram's game against St. Paul on Oct. 18. McCullough scored on a 45 yard run during Tuesday's win over Garfield-Palouse.

Led by a heavy dosage of running back Brandon Montoya and a barrage of big plays, the Lyle-Wishram Cougars corralled the Garfield-Palouse Vikings 38-16 during Tuesday's play-in game, keeping their season alive for at least one more game.

Traveling over 260 miles east to Palouse Tuesday morning, a back-and-forth first quarter turned into a Cougar blowout after the visitors held the Vikings scoreless over the final 36 minutes.

With the win, Lyle-Wishram extended its season and is one win shy of reaching the state tournament. Standing in the way is the Entiat Tigers, who finished the regular season 8-2 and 5-2 for third place in the Class 1B Northeast eight-man league.

On Saturday, the Cougs will travel north of Wenatchee to Entiat for a matchup with the Tigers with kickoff set for 2 p.m. The winner of that game advances to the 2018 Football State Championships, which starts Nov. 16 and 17. The bracket can be viewed at and will be updated at a later date.

Against the Vikings on Tuesday, the Cougs struck first on a big play from Montoya. He ran the ball into the endzone from 54 yards out to put the Cougs up 6-0 after a failed two-point conversion, but it wasn't long before the Vikings answered. They went up 8-6 a few minutes later on a rushing score of their own, but another quick Cougar strike helped them regain the lead.

Quarterback Kurtis Billette found DaSean Leslie for a 30 yard score and Montoya ran in the two-point conversion to get the lead back at 14-8.

There was one more score in the high-powered first quarter, another rushing touchdown from the Vikings followed by two more points on the conversion, but after that it was all Cougs.

Trailing by two at 16-14, the Cougs rolled off a handful of big plays that helped put the game away.

Midway through the second, Montoya broke free for an 80 yard rushing touchdown that gave the Cougs the lead (20-16) for good going into halftime.

Montoya added back-to-back rushing scores from 55 and 20 yards respectively in the third and Sam McCullough put the game out of reach in the fourth with his 45 yard rushing score.

Now, the Cougs are prepping for their third game in eight days after beating North Beach 44-12 on Nov. 2 and beating the Vikings on Tuesday.

Last Friday against North Beach, a balanced Cougs offense took control in the second quarter and cruised the rest of the way. The Cougs also made plays all over the field on defense and forced a handful of turnovers while limiting North beach to 12 points.

Against the Hyaks last Friday, Brandon Montoya got the Cougs started with a 28 yard touchdown run in the first. Jarren Leslie caught a touchdown pass from his brother DaSean Leslie, Montoya scored on the ground again, and Sam McCullough scored two straight touchdowns, one on a 15 yard pass from Kurtis Billette, and the second on a one-yard run that put the Cougs up 36-0. Lyle-Wishram scored once more on a 25 yard run from Aaron Smith and capped it with a two-point conversion pass from Cruz Montoya to Zayne Montoya that put the Cougs up 44-0.

Defensively, Zayne Montoya, McCullough, Gerry Kindrick, and Smith all recovered fumbles and Brandon Montoya recovered two and added a sack. Billette had an interception and Jarren Leslie led the Cougs with seven tackles.


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