WENATCHEE - When the stadium lights flickered on above Wildcat Field in East Wenatchee and Zaephel Stadium in Yakima on Friday night, there was a three-way tie atop the Big 9 Conference standings, but when those lights blinked out, only two remained there.
With the Eastmont Wildcats winning a tight ballgame over Sunnyside 34-27 to hand the Grizzlies their first league loss of the season and drop them out of first place, the pressure was on the Wenatchee Panthers to beat the Davis Pirates on the road in order to continue having a share of the catbird seat.
The Panthers didn’t disappoint.
Wenatchee dominated Davis for the entire night, leading 20-0 at halftime and adding three more scores in the second half in cruising to a 41-0 victory.
The win kept the Panthers perfect in Big 9 play this season at 4-0 while giving them an overall mark of 4-2. Wenatchee travels to Sunnyside next Friday to take their own shot at the now second place Grizzlies who are 2-1 in district play and 4-3 overall.
Meanwhile, in Caribou Trail League (CTL) action Friday night, the battle of the Bulldogs was a decisive one for 2018, as Okanogan chewed up Cashmere by the final score of 33-7 in Okanogan.
Okanogan’s Bulldogs racked up 27 unanswered points before Cashmere finally got on the board to prevent being skunked late in the quarter number four.
The loss dropped Cashmere to 1-2 in league play and an overall record of 3-4 on the season. Cashmere’s Bulldogs will be at home next Friday for a non-conference tilt against the College Place Hawks.
Elsewhere in CTL play on Friday, the Cascade Kodiaks returned to winning form on the road in Chelan with a tough 34-28 victory over the Mountain Goats.
The Kodiaks are now 1-1 in conference play this season and 4-3 overall as they head back to Peshastin for a cage match with first place Okanogan next Friday.