The legend of Bethel High School’s Noah Bales only continued Friday night in the first week of the 2013 high school football season.
It actually started last spring when the Braves were trying to sew up the South Puget Sound League dual-meet track title. His meet-winning mark in the high jump clinched it.
“He’s the type of kid,” Bethel football coach Gavin Kralik said, “who feels better when his back is against the wall.”
Bales, a 5-foot-11 junior receiver, outjumped a couple of defenders to pull down the Braves’ game-winning 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jared Siegel, and Bethel escaped with a 26-20 victory over Spanaway Lake in four overtimes at Art Crate Field in Spanaway.
The game-winning pass on a fade pattern in the right corner of the end zone was called by Bethel offensive coordinator Justin Larsen, who also happens to be a track coach.
Yet this was a SPSL South game the Sentinels easily could have won – and frankly should have when the tied the game at 20-20 on Joe Martin’s 16-yard touchdown strike to Lakien Williams.
All Spanaway Lake had to do was make the conversion kick to nab the victory, but James Moore crashed through the line and blocked it for the Braves.
“We are decent at it,” Kralik said, “and executed it great.”
Blake Schwartz and Jeremiah Vasquez had pass knockdowns for Bethel on the Sentinels’ drive in the fourth overtime, setting up Bales’ game winner.
At Jefferson 32, Kentlake 7: The Raiders’ defense set the tone for the Raiders, who shocked one of the preseason divisional favorites with a convincing victory at Memorial Stadium.
Alex Norton forced two fumbles, and recovered two more for Jefferson. Running back Zach Grayson caught a touchdown pass, and rushed for another.
At Eastlake 41, Lakes 7: It will be tough for the eighth-ranked Lancers to forget about the Lewis brothers they faced Friday.
Troy Lewis tallied the first three touchdowns, and Drew Lewis – a University of Washington commit – scored the Wolves’ final touchdown on a 65-yard pass from Richard Thomas in building a 27-0 halftime lead.
Eastlake rolled up 304 yards in the first half, to the Lancers’ 84.
At Clover Park 42, Black Hills 35: All the visiting Wolves had to do was run out the clock.
But the Warriors’ defense forced a fumble, and set up a heroic finish at Harry E. Lang Stadium.
Derek Nego recovered a fumble Clover Park with two minutes to go, giving the Warriors the ball back at their own 32-yard-line.
And quarterback Keila Pritchard struck quickly, hitting receiver Damien Davis on a post pattern down the right sideline. Davis caught the ball between two Black Hills defenders, and went 68 yards for the game-winning touchdown.
Luke Taylor’s 28-yard field goal with 51/2 minutes to go put Black Hills up, 35-34.
At Lincoln 25, Bonney Lake 7: It was the Rayshaun Miller show for the Abes, who won their season opener at Lincoln Bowl.
Miller, a senior tailback, caught a pair of touchdown passes from Jordan Kitna, and returned a kickoff 95 yards for another score. He also had an interception.
At Foss 7, Lake Washington 0: The Falcons went 78 yards on 11 plays for the game’s only score – a Patiole Pesefea 2-yard touchdown run – with 41/2 minutes to go to nab a season-opening victory at Mount Tahoma Stadium.
Lake Washington drove to the Falcons’ 32, but Chris Reynolds’ interception with 56 seconds remaining sealed the deal.
Sumner 47, at Auburn Mountainview 7: The sixth-ranked Spartans of Class 2A rushed for 359 yards – 179 coming from senior DeJon Lynch in handling the Lions at Memorial Stadium.
Orting 34, at Eatonville 13: The Cardinals scored two opening touchdowns in the first 80 seconds, and ran away from the host Cruisers.
Daniel Bessey opened the game with a 90-yard kickoff return for a score. And after a Marquis Olmsted interception, Orting grabbed a 13-0 lead on Jaysen Yoro’s 49-yard halfback pass to Jarred Hipple.
At Franklin Pierce 48, Hazen 20: Three of the Cardinals’ four second-quarter touchdowns came on runs of 30 yards or longer as Franklin Pierce amassed 446 total yards in a victory at Franklin Pierce Stadium in Parkland.