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A photo of week 1 game between Eastmont and Wilson

MOSES LAKE - Moses Lake entered the season with an uphill climb against Ferris High School on Friday. Ferris’ momentum appeared unstoppable until the 4th quarter when Moses Lake scored its only touchdown of the game on a pass. Ferris racked up 40 total points with five TDs via the ground and one through the air. Moses Lake moves onto to Mt. Spokane this Friday. Final score Moses Lake 7, Ferris 40.

WENATCHEE – Wenatchee’s solid performance against Mt. Si Friday night wasn’t enough to contain the Wildcats. The panthers did what they could to keep pace with Mt. Si and showed that they could after tossing a 35-yard TD pass on 4th down in the 2nd quarter, evening the score at 14-14. Wenatchee managed to pull ahead in the 3rd, scoring on a safety, but the defensive stand was answered quickly with a field goal making Mt. Si the king of the mountain the rest of the game. Mt. Si scored once more on the ground sealing the fate of both teams with a final score of 26-16 in favor of Mt. Si. Wenatchee will play at home against Lewiston on Friday.

EASTMONT – It was a lackluster offensive affair for Wilson and Eastmont through the 1st and partly into the 2nd quarter but the ball finally crossed the plane of the endzone thanks to a rushing TD by Eastmont running back Austin Ruffins. Eastmont would rush the ball into the endzone two more times during the game. The ball sailed into the endzone once when Eastmont quarterback Carson Everhart threw a 38 yard dart to Seth Stone. The final two scores from Eastmont were electrifying with near back-to-back pick-sixes from corner Wesley Mcilwaine. Eastmont managed to shut out Wilson with a final score of 42-0. Eastmont will go against Pasco at Eastmont stadium on Friday.

ROYAL – The Royal Knights air raid attack against Ellensburg came in the form of three touchdowns from two different quarterbacks. The first of the three came from quarterback Derek Bergeson on a 67-yard pass to Cooper Christensen early in the first quarter. The 2nd airborne TD strike came from Caleb Christensen on a 40-yard play involving Cooper Christensen. Cooper Christensen pulled off a hat trick with another TD reception from Cooper at the end of the 4th. Royal’s defense held Ellensburg to only 16 points with a final score of 21-16. Royal will take on Othello at home this Friday. 

QUINCY – The Zillah Leopards outdid the Quincy Jackrabbits outscoring the Jacks by a 4-to-1 ratio. Quincy’s only points in the came were generated by a touchdown toss from Israel Cavasos to Isiah Ayala for a 28 yard completion. Zillah scored four touchdowns with two passes and two runs. The game was called early due to injuries with only 6:38 left in the 4th quarter. It’ll be Quincy vs. Brewster at Quincy’s new stadium for the Jackrabbits’ home opener on Friday.

OTHELLO – It was all defense during the bout between the Othello Huskies and the Connell Eagles. The back-and-forth affair waged on until the 4th quarter when Othello cracked its goose egg with a field goal. That would be the only points of the game as Othello went on to preserve its lead ending the game 3-0. Othello will travel to Royal to face the Knights on Friday.

EPHRATA – Home field advantage likely helped Cashmere contain Ephrata’s struggling offense on Friday. Cashmere would go on to score on a five-yard toss from Cashmere’s Sam Phillips to Reid Smith in the 1st quarter. Cashmere struck again on a Sam Phillips 18-yard run. Ephrata finally answered back in the 3rd with a 1 yard TD pass to Tyler Lybbert. Ephrata TD was accented with a two-point conversion. Ephrata evened the score with Cashmere on a 4-yard Mac Laird run sending the game to overtime. Ephrata’s dreams of a season opening win were dashed when Cashmere’s Sam Phillips scored on a 3-yard scamper into the end zone. Cashmere won with the final score of 20-14. Despite the loss, Ephrata’s defense netted two interceptions during the game with one coming from Beau Dechenne. Ephrata will play Cascade at home on Friday.

SOAP LAKE – Soap Lake Head Football Coach Tony Blankenship praised the Eagles’ defensive line, helping hold Cusick to only 18 points during the game. Six TDs came from quarterback/cornerback Trevon Bently who ran for five scores and returned an interception into the end zone for a pick 6. Bryon Dowers scored on a 50 yard run after a successful onside kick by Soap Lake. Soap Lake plays Touchet this Friday.

WARDEN – Warden’s winning ways prevailed over the Okanogan Bulldogs on Friday. Warden’s scoring onslaught can be partly credited to quarterback Ryan Arredondo who threw 5 TD passes to players that included Kadene Skone, Tyson Wall and Edgar Hernandez. But Warden scoring momentum was first fueled by Ayzahiah Pruneda. Pruneda completed an 11 yard TD pass to Holden Hayworth in the 1st quarter. However, Warden’s defense was porous, allowing 44 points. Though, Warden’s offense was the team’s saving grace putting up 48 points making it a final score of 48-44. Warden will plan in Chelan this Friday.

ALMIRA-COULEE-HARTLINE – Almira-Coulee-Hartline’s performance was no match for Pateros last Friday. ACH would score on the ground seven times, racking up a total of 350 rushing yards between five different players. The rushing crown went to Brayton Schafer who rushed for 161 yards and three touchdowns. ACH shutout Pateros with a final score of 58-0. ACH will play Tacoma Baptist this Saturday.  

WAHLUKE – Warriors Quarterback Oscar Rodriguez certainly made his mark on the field with five touchdown tosses last Friday against Wapato. The senior passed for a total of 240 yards with toucdowns to Oscar Perez (1), Jovani Alejo (2), Isaac Sanchez (1) and Manny Garcia(1). The decorated quarterback would also go on to score a rushing touchdown in the game for a total of six TDs. However, Rodriguez wasn’t the only one who spearheaded a scoring drive. Running back Jose Celaya’s two touchdowns and 204 yards rushing were a factor as well. The Warriors’ defense fended off the Wolves holding them to only 33 points for a final score of 74-33. Wahluke goes on to Granger to take on the Spartans this Friday.

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