Puyallup High School did its part, eliminating Bethel.
Now the final South Puget Sound League South Division football playoff spot will come down to next week’s rivalry game – the Vikings and Rogers.
Puyallup held off Bethel’s fourth quarter comeback Thursday to pick up a 42-35 win at Sparks Stadium.
After the Braves rallied from 21-points back to tie the game at 35-35 with 1 minute, 30 seconds to go, Puyallup quarterback Brendan Illies went to the hurry-up offense to drive his team back down the field.
Going 62 yards, the Vikings won the game on Illies’ 3-yard touchdown pass to Brady Winter with 30 seconds remaining.
Several times during the game the Vikings went to the hurry-up to get the offense going.
“We’ve had some quick drives this season,” coach Gary Jeffers said. “We’re comfortable in hurrying up our pace when we need to go with it. We let them come back tonight but we were able to pick up the win.”
Puyallup (5-3 overall, 4-3 SPSL South) will play Rogers next week for the league’s final playoff spot.
Illies, who passed for 348 yards on 21-for-32 accuracy, connected with Winter on a 31-yard pass to start the Vikings’ final drive.
“They’re like brothers out there,” Jeffers said of Illies and his receiving corps. “They’ve had so many reps with each other, they just know what they want to do out there.”
After the big catch, two pass interference penalties set up the Vikings’ go-ahead touchdown pass – Illies fifth of the game.
With 2 minutes to play, Bethel’s Jeremiah Vasquez made a nasty cut on a Vikings defender before taking off on a 50-yard, game-tying touchdown.
The Braves had one last shot after the Vikings scored, but Puyallup linebacker Quinn Rawson sacked Bethel quarterback Jamon Jones to end the game.
At Kentlake 62, Tahoma 56: The Falcons allowed five Shane Nelson-to-DeShon Williams touchdown passes in this high-scoring game at French Field – but defended the standout receiver well with the game on the line.
Driving for the go-ahead score, Tahoma had four tries from the Falcons’ 15 in the final 21/2 minutes, but was stopped.
The last play was a pass to Williams in the corner of the end zone that fell incomplete with 1:03 remaining.
Life Christian/Seattle Christian 26, at Cedar Park Christian 16: Two Taylor Roelof fourth-quarter touchdown runs of 2 and 45 yards erased a second-half deficit for the Eagles, who won a Nisqually League game in Bothell.
Cooks gets final wish – score a touchdown: Dominique Cooks was once a punishing defensive lineman and fullback who was projected to be a three-year starter at Decatur High School.
But in the spring of 2012, he was diagnosed with brain cancer, and was forced to quit the team.
On Friday night, with both coaches agreeing to it earlier in the week, the Gators will be allowed to run an untimed play at the end of the first half against Auburn Mountainview to get Cooks, now a senior, a touchdown at Federal Way’s Memorial Stadium.
Decatur coach Leon Hatch said his offense will run a “hook and ladder” play. Cooks will eventually get the handoff and run the football into the end zone.
Kitnas part of NFL Films segment: NFL Films will be at the Lincoln-Wilson showdown Friday night to tape a segment on former quarterback Jon Kitna’s life after professional football.
Kitna is the coach at Lincoln High, his alma mater. His son, Jordan, is the starting quarterback.
NFL Films was on the Abes’ campus Thursday for interviews.
Staff writer Todd Milles contributed to this report