Are single score games a thing of the past? not yet | preparation report

In an era of scattered formations and kids playing 7v7 all summer, we don’t see many 6-0 games anymore. But they are still out there and we just had two.

A week after no one could drill the end zone until the second overtime in Ellensburg’s win over Davis, Granger’s Gary Ely team earned its second consecutive shutout with a 6-0 home victory over Wapato on Saturday. past.

Fabian Cisneros’ touchdown came in the first quarter and the Spartans’ defense held on the rest of the way, reminding me of a game I played in my first week here. It required a visit to our aged relic of a microfilm machine to see if my memory was correct because it was 35 years ago.

I was delighted, squinting at the tiny guy against the harsh light, to discover that he was right. Any memory problem that isn’t embarrassing is a good day.

The day after covering my first YH-R prep game, a West Valley-Prosser tilt that featured future Hall of Fame coaches Joe Ortolf and Tom Moore, I leisurely drove through the Lower Valley to see Grandview, that he was organizing Camas for a non-league game on a Saturday afternoon.

I met veteran radio host Gary Staggers and took a seat next to him in the press box. It might have been just another game in the hundreds I’ve covered, long ago banished to the backwaters of my clouded mind now, but it stood out for this reason: Grandview took the kickoff and drove 85 yards for the only score, a drive on formation I that consumed all but 39 seconds of the first quarter.

Bob Shook’s Greyhounds won 7-0, leaning on their defense to make that single early score stand, just as Granger did during their non-league afternoon game last week. It was also very likely the fastest game I’ve been in since Camas used a full backfield and neither team showed much interest in shooting the ball. Now one of the state’s soccer powerhouses, Camas never crossed midfield and only had five first downs.

Last night at West Valley, Moore’s Class A Mustangs jumped out 13-0, but West Valley rallied to win 28-13, starting a 12-game winning streak that carried Ortolf’s Rams to the AA state final. at Kingdome for the second year in a row. .

Prosser completed five passes that night for 46 yards, an interesting stat to consider considering how quickly Moore turned the program into an offensive and passing juggernaut.

Okay, that’s enough. I’m afraid the microfilm machine will overheat and shut down for good.

five is ok

When Ellensburg sophomore Colton Magruder rushed for five touchdowns in last week’s win at Selah, he joined a crowd in EHS history.

Not surprisingly, Notre Dame speedster Dan Kelleher was the first to score five touchdowns in a game and he did so spectacularly, scoring on runs of 30 and 15 yards, an 80-yard pass reception and two kickoff returns that they covered 90 and 91 yards. in a 1972 win over Toppenish.

Since then, four others have matched the five touchdowns: Brody Kunz (1987), Ja’Warren Hooker (1995), Nolan Teasley (2001), and Gabe Caskey (2014). Teasley did it twice in 2001, including during his school record night of 360 yards on 38 carries against Hanford.

Magruder, who had seven carries in the previous two games, was a short-yardage bull against Selah, scoring four times in the first half for gains of 1, 5, 2 and 2 yards. He broke out for a 27-yard touchdown run for his fifth touchdown early in the third quarter and a record sixth touchdown seemed eminent.

But even though Ellensburg drove into Selah’s territory three more times, even reaching 8, the record jam at five remains.

game of the week

West Valley and Sunnyside have a recent history of playing some intense football games and will meet Friday with the Grizzlies not only eager to challenge their new rival, but also to get their first win of the season.

Having quarterbacks Skyler Cassel and Brent Maldonado on the same field is sure to be a spectacle. Cassel already has 1,051 yards and nine touchdowns in just three games, and though Maldonado is in his first season at the position, he has an elite target in Noah McNair, who has caught 10 passes in each of Sunnyside’s three games.

The Rams will be looking to fix the issues that stalled their momentum in last week’s win over Davis, namely a seven-penalty barrage for 70 yards in the third quarter alone. An interesting note from that odd fourth was Cassel, the team’s punter, taking the frustration out of him with a 54-yard kick that covered the Pirates on his 13.

Last season, Sunnyside prevailed in this game 41-35.

No one hides in 2A

Four of the top six teams in this week’s Class 2A state volleyball coaches poll were at the SunDome last Saturday and even in a 32-team tournament they had plenty of court time against each other.

No. 3 Ellensburg and No. 6 Burlington-Edison were in the same group and split two sets, while No. 4 Selah and No. 9 North Kitsap did the same in their group.

Ellensburg won their group on a playoff, earning a place in the top seeded group. But even though Selah was second in a three-team playoff outside of his bracket, that gave the Vikings a chance to beat Lynden in the second-seeded bracket and they stood out. After beating Mark Morris and Snohomish, Selah edged out Lynden, taking second place in the 2A poll, 25-18, 20-25, 18-16.

Ellensburg, who pushed eventual champion Chelan to three sets in the top-seeded quarterfinals, will see Burlington-Edison again this weekend. The Bulldogs are on their way to play Anacortes on Friday and BE on Saturday.

The first CWAC matchup will take place on October 4 when Selah hosts Ellensburg. The rematch is on October 27.

West Valley, which debuted at No. 7 in the 4A poll, heads into another long day of heated competition when it travels to Spokane this weekend for the 28th annual Linda Sheridian tournament.

every week matters

Last year’s Prosser football team played just eight regular season games, leaving Week 5 as a bye and having to move a CWAC game to Week 10 for COVID reasons.

Coach Corey Ingvalson was told that likely affected the Mustangs’ state rankings, which at No. 7 gave them a first-round game at home against No. 10 WF West, but then carried them to the quarterfinals. at Bellingham against eventual champion Lynden.

Ingvalson made sure this season’s slate was packed and that includes a Saturday matinee at home against Aberdeen. The third-ranked Mustangs (3-0) will face an Evergreen League 2A team that is 2-1, having beaten Hoquiam (40-0) and Centralia (25-6) but losing 29- 0 against Montesano. It is the first meeting of the two programs and Aberdeen will host next year.

There is no let up in Toppenish’s strong schedule before SCAC West kicks off next week.

The Wildcats, 2-1 for sixth in 1A with the loss to No. 1 Royal, have a trip Friday to Cashmere, who is 3-0 and has not been questioned to date. The Bulldogs have outscored those three teams 146-26.

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