It was one of those anything-goes nights of South Puget Sound League South Division football at Sparks Stadium.
One that had Rogers High School coach Gene Bowen a little nervous – and possibly nauseous – at the end of a wild intra-district game.
After watching Emerald Ridge turn a pair of onside kicks into touchdowns in the second quarter, Bowen and his team finally got their hands on the most crucial kickoff recovery with 1 minute, 45 seconds to go to finish off a 43-40 victory over the Jaguars.
The Rams won despite turning the ball over five times.
“Some crazy things happened,” Bowen said.
Rogers overcame all of that to take a 43-33 lead on Grayson Madland’s 19-yard touchdown strike to LaGrant Pegram with 3:09 remaining.
Emerald Ridge went 70 yards in six plays, capped by Goy Mal’s 6-yard scoring pass to Brett Rankin, to cut it to 43-40 with 1:45 to go.
The Jaguars lined up for a final onside kick, but the line drive kick went out of bounds untouched, giving the Rams possession of the football.
The teams combined for 933 total yards, with Rogers gaining 474. Madland finished 25-for-36 passing for 350 yards and three touchdowns, but was intercepted twice.
At Curtis 17, Bethel 14: Mason Mahoney kicked a 43-yard field goal with nine minutes remaining to break a tie, and the Vikings won in University Place.
The Braves had two drives after Mahoney’s kick, but went three-and-out on both series.
At Spanaway Lake 28, Todd Beamer 17: Sentinels quarterback Joe Martin amassed 295 total yards, but it was his 30-yard interception return for a score in the fourth quarter that sewed up his team’s first victory of the season at Art Crate Field.
At Gig Harbor 49, South Kitsap 28: After the Tides scored first, the Wolves fumbled the ensuing kickoff, giving the ball back at the South Kitsap 33-yard line.
Five plays later, Sterling Brown peeled off a 7-yard touchdown run, and the Tides had a 14-0 lead with just more than 10 minutes to go. Gig Harbor scored touchdowns on five of its first six possessions at Roy Anderson Field.
At Olympia 34, Timberline 7: Derrick Becker threw four TD passes as the Bears beat the Blazers in a non-league contest.
At Wilson 41, Shelton 7: Isaiah Simpson rushed for a season-high 230 yards, including first-half touchdown runs of 59, 63 and 53 yards, and the Rams rolled up 525 total yards in a Narrows 3A victory at Stadium Bowl.
At Lincoln 64, Mount Tahoma 0: Jordan Kitna threw for 293 yards and a career-high seven touchdowns, and the ninth-ranked Abes held the Thunderbirds to 37 total yards in a rout at Lincoln Bowl. Dionte Simon caught three of those scoring passes (35, 40, 28) – all in the first half.
At Sumner 28, Steilacoom 6: Chase Torgison threw three touchdown passes, and Brandon Tuilaepa’s second scoring run – an 8-yarder in the third quarter – sewed up the No. 5 Spartans league-opening victory at Sunset Chev Stadium.
White River 43, at Washington 14: Keenan Fagan ran for three scores, and the Hornets overcame two big first-half plays by the Patriots at Franklin Pierce Stadium.
Washington scored on a 75-yard kickoff return by D.J. Sallier and an 85-yard interception return by Tristan Bowerman.