In an age of spread formations and kids playing 7-on-7 all summer, we don’t see many 6-0 games anymore. But they’re still out there and we just had two.
A week after no one could penetrate the end zone until the second overtime in Ellensburg’s win over Davis, Gary Ely’s side of Granger earned their second straight shutout last Saturday with a 6-0 home win over Wapato.
Fabian Cisneros’ touchdown came in the first quarter and the Spartans’ defense held the rest of the way, reminding me of a game I oversaw my first week here. It took a visit to our aging relic of a microfilm machine to see if my memory was correct because it was 35 years ago.
I was delighted as I squinted at the tiny writing against the glare to find out I was right. Any memory problem that doesn’t prove embarrassing is a good day.
The day after covering my first prep game for the YH-R, a West Valley Prosser tournament with future Hall of Fame coaches Joe Ortolf and Tom Moore, I was leisurely driving through the Lower Valley to see Grandview, the Camas hosted a non-league game on a Saturday afternoon.
I met longtime radio host Gary Staggers and settled into the press box next to him. It could have been just another game of hundreds I’ve covered that are now long relegated to the backwaters of my foggy mind, but it stood out for this reason: Grandview took the opening shot and drove 85 yards for the lone point. an I-formation march that took up all but 39 seconds of the first quarter.
Bob Shook’s Greyhounds won 7-0 and relied on their defense to maintain that one early result – just as Granger did during his afternoon nonleague game last week. It was also quite possibly the fastest game I’ve ever played, as Camas used a full house backfield and neither team showed much interest in throwing the ball. Camas, which is now one of the greatest soccer teams in the state, never got past midfield and only had five first downs.
The night before at West Valley, Moore’s Class A Mustangs jumped a 13-0 lead, but West Valley won 28-13 and started a 12-game winning run that took Ortolf’s Rams to the AA State Finals at the Kingdome for the second straight year led .
Prosser completed five passes for 46 yards that night, an interesting stat given how quickly Moore turned the program into an offensive and airy juggernaut.
Okay that’s enough. I’m afraid the microfilm machine will overheat and shut down forever.
Five is fine
When Ellensburg’s sophomore Colton Magruder scored five touchdowns in last week’s win at Selah, he joined quite a lot in EHS history.
Not surprisingly, Notre Dame speedster Dan Kelleher became the first to score five goals in a game, and he hit spectacularly with 30-yard and 15-yard rushes, an 80-yard pass and two 90-plus kickoff returns and 91 yards in a 1972 win over Toppenish.
Since then, four others have matched the five TDs – 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 goals in the first half with gains of 1, 5, 2 and 2 yards. He broke out on a 27-yard scoring dash for his fifth touchdown early in the third quarter, and a record-breaking sixth score seemed paramount.
But even though Ellensburg went into Selah territory three more times, including making the 8, the record backlog at five remains.
game of the week
West Valley and Sunnyside have both had some high-scoring, intense football games in recent years and on Friday meet the Grizzlies, who are not only eager to challenge their new rival but also to claim their first win of the season.
Having quarterbacks Skyler Cassel and Brent Maldonado on the same field is sure to be a show. Cassel is already at 1,051 yards and nine touchdowns in just three games, and while Maldonado is at that position in his freshman season, 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, which was a spate of seven penalties for 70 yards in the third quarter alone. An interesting note from this odd quarter was Cassel, the team’s punter, who vented his frustration with a booming 54-yard kick that pinned the Pirates on their 13.
Last season, Sunnyside won that game 41-35.
Nobody hides in 2A
Four of the top six teams in this week’s survey of Class 2A State Volleyball Coaches 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 pool and shared two sets, while No. 4 Selah and No. 9 North Kitsap did the same in their pool.
Ellensburg won his pool in a tiebreak and secured a spot in the top-seed bracket. But while Selah finished second in a three-way tiebreaker from his pool, that gave the Vikings a shot at Lynden in the second-seeded group, and they excelled. After beating Mark Morris and Snohomish, Selah passed Lynden to finish second in the 2A poll, 25-18, 20-25, 18-16.
Ellensburg, who edged eventual champion Chelan to three sets in the top-seed quarterfinals, will see Burlington-Edison again this weekend. The Bulldogs are headed to play in Anacortes on Friday and BE on Saturday.
The first CWAC showdown will be on October 4th when Selah Ellensburg hosts. The rematch is October 27th.
West Valley, which debuted 7th in the 4A poll, faces another long day of heated competition when it travels to Spokane this weekend for the 28th Annual Linda Sheridian Tournament.
Every week counts
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 due to COVID-related reasons.
Coach Corey Ingvalson was told it likely affected the Mustangs’ state seeding, which at No. 7 gave them a first-round home game against No. 10 WF West, but then led to a quarterfinal at Bellingham against eventual champion Lynden .
Ingvalson ensured the slate was full this season and that includes a Saturday matinee at home against Aberdeen. The third-placed Mustangs (3-0) meet an Evergreen 2A League team who are 2-1 after beating Hoquiam (40-0) and Centralia (25-6) but lost 29-0 to Montesano Has. It is the first meeting for the two programs and Aberdeen will host next year.
Toppenish’s tight schedule is not letting up before SCAC West games begin next week.
The Wildcats, 2-1 sixth in 1A after losing to No. 1 Royal, travel to Cashmere on Friday, who are 3-0 and unchallenged to date. The Bulldogs outscored those three teams 146-26.