The Wilson Rams hadn’t defeated the Timberline Blazers in 15 years.
That changed Thursday, when the Rams came from behind in the fourth quarter to claim a 28-26 win over the Blazers at South Sound Stadium in Lacey.
The back-and-forth contest sent the Blazers (1-3 overall, 0-1 Narrows 3A) to their third loss in a row and facing a difficult spot heading into next week’s game at Lincoln.
The Rams (4-0, 2-0) continued their hot start, beating Timberline for the first time since the two were members of the Narrows 4A Bay Division in 1998.
Timberline’s schedule the next few weeks doesn’t do any favors for the Blazers. The combined record for three of Timberline’s next four opponents (Lincoln, Foss, North Thurston) is 8-1.
After Timberline took a 26-21 lead on Andrew Paquin’s 42-yard touchdown run, Wilson took over at its own 23.
On the next play, Rams quarterback Isaiah Yates-Brown scrambled and was nearly sacked, yet found Kyler Stecker for a 77-yard catch-and-run play down the right sideline for the go-ahead touchdown with 8 minutes, 1 second remaining.
Within 24 seconds on the clock, Timberline’s seven-point lead on Paquin’s third score of the game quickly turned into a deficit.
Timberline, on its final offensive possession, had a shot at a possible winner but on fourth-and-1 at the Wilson 10, quarterback Gabe Gutierrez was sacked, turning the ball over on downs to Wilson with just over three minutes to play.
Unlike its previous two losses in which the offense was sluggish, the Blazers were able to move the ball against Wilson.
Timberline racked up 288 yards of total offense and had a 19-14 halftime lead, thanks to two rushing touchdowns by Paquin.
Paquin finished with a game-high 155 yards rushing and three touchdowns (42, 32, 5 yards).
The second half featured four lead changes.
Timberline’s defense kept Wilson’s ground game in check all night with 10 plays for negative yardage, yet couldn’t stop Wilson’s passing attack. Yates-Brown threw touchdown passes of 77, 64 and 45 yards, with two going to Brandon Montgomery, who finished with five catches for 126 yards.
Jeff Winstead had a 3-yard touchdown catch just before halftime for Timberline.
WILSON 28, TIMBERLINE 26