WENATCHEE – The Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks were looking to win their second straight game overall against the Tri-Cities Fire on Saturday night at Town Toyota Center.
Wenatchee knocked down the Fire by the final score of 42-34 in their most recent contest last Sunday, and it didn’t take long for the two squads to quickly rekindle their in-state rivalry.
After the opening kickoff, Davonte Solomon scampered 25 yards for a touchdown on the game’s opening play from scrimmage to give the Skyhawks a 6-0 lead just 2:07 into regulation.
Tri-Cities matched Wenatchee’s points on their first possession of the contest with a five-play drive that culminated in a five-yard circus-style scoring pass which tied the game at six apiece with 8:15 remaining in the first quarter.
Once again, however, it only took Wenatchee a single play to find their way across the goal line, this time on a hard-fought, 30-yard touchdown run by Tommy DeJohnette which, along with a Solomon’s subsequent two-point conversion catch, gave the Skyhawks a lead of 14-6 with 7:04 to go in the first quarter.
Following the score, a pooched kickoff gave the Fire starting field position inside the Wenatchee ten-yard line, and three plays later they found the end zone on the ground and successfully completed a two-point conversion through the air to tie the score at 14-14 with four minutes left in the first quarter.
After looking like a barnburner for the first 11 minutes, all of the game’s momentum suddenly swung in favor of the Skyhawks, who proceeded to torch the Fire for 24 unanswered points in the second quarter on a pair of short scoring runs by Jarvis Alston and a 24-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Ian Bell, along with three successful two-point conversion attempts, which helped Wenatchee to a halftime lead of 38-14.
In the second half, the Skyhawks continued their onslaught of points thanks to the right arm and legs of Alston, who added to his personal towering inferno of points with a 20-yard scoring strike to Jon Roberson and three more rushing touchdowns, while Wenatchee’s defense limited Tri-Cities to only 14 points, as the Skyhawks improved to a record of 4-4 on the season with a big 66-28 victory.
“I was just happy with the effort from all the players,” said Skyhawks head coach Keith Evans. “The effort was there for 60 minutes and that’s what I asked of them. They played and they stuck with it.”
Although he only saw minimal action in the game, one of the notable contributors in Saturday’s win for Wenatchee was 47-year-old Steve Morgan, who traded in his regular role of equipment handler for the Skyhawks to suit up and play on special teams.
After the game, iFIBER ONE Sports asked Morgan about the last time he played organized football.
“With the Wenatchee Valley Rams in 2016,” replied Morgan, who when queried about whether he ever played high school football countered, “Nope! Backyard ball and flag football.”
When asked how it felt to strap on the pads and get take to the field for a real game, Morgan responded, “Great! But that’s the last time though.”
The victory was also an emotional one for quarterback Jarvis Alston, whose dazzling performance in front of his team’s home crowd came only a year after the passing of his father.
“This one was real special because I lost my dad last year and this is my first year without him,” said Alston. “His birthday just passed and I wanted to come out and have a good performance for him. My teammates had my back and I couldn’t ask for a better game, 66-to-28 and I feel great!”
Wenatchee now has three games remaining in their 2019 regular season schedule, the next two of which are on the road, including this Saturday’s bout with the 9-and-0 Idaho Horsemen at the Ford Center in Nampa.