Tumwater rolls to 2A quarters

Contributing writerNovember 17, 2013 

It was barely within 10 degrees of freezing Friday night. It was just cold enough for Snow.

Junior running back Tyrus Snow had two highlight-reel touchdowns among his four scores, and Tumwater High School’s defense kept an entertaining Sehome offense mostly in check. By the end, the bundled-up fans at Tumwater Stadium had seen a lot of football and a 52-22 Tumwater victory in a Class 2A playoff game.

The Thunderbirds (11-0) move on to a quarterfinal matchup next weekend against White River in Buckley. Sehome, of Bellingham and the Northwest Conference, finished its season at 5-6.

Snow rushed for 171 yards on 11 carries, and backfield chum Christian Cummings gained 173 on 11 totes. Tumwater rushed for 435 yards, 495 total.

“My dad would always tell me to be quick,” Snow said. “Speed will always come with being quick.”

On Tumwater’s first possession, Snow was part of the wall of blockers escorting Cummings as he turned the left corner and cruised untouched down the sideline for a 71-yard touchdown.

The T-Birds got a lucky bounce on their next possession after a second straight Sehome punt. Cummings gained 20 on another power sweep to the same side, then took a pitch on a similar play, this time to the right, and squirted 29 yards to the Mariners’ 3 before fumbling. Teammate Dayton Newell fell on the ball in the back of the end zone.

If it looked like the rout was on, Sehome didn’t get the memo, climbing right back into the game on an 81-yard touchdown pass from Daniel Ziegler to fleet sophomore Taylor Rapp.

Tumwater made it 21-6 on a seven-play drive kept alive by a 15-yard completion on fourth-and-9 from Jayden Croft to Easton Trakel. Croft kept up the middle for 10 more before Snow bounced off tacklers at the line of scrimmage and angled left into the end zone for a 12-yard TD.

After another Sehome punt, the T-Birds needed two plays to cover 66 yards to the end zone. Croft found Trakel for 15 yards before Snow snaked through a minefield of defenders, stiff-arming the last Mariner with a chance at the 15, on a 48-yard touchdown run.


At Wenatchee 33, Gig Harbor 31: The Tides will head into the offseason scratching their head over a few missed conversions — and a tough Class 4A state-opening loss at the Apple Bowl.

Down 19-7 early, the Panthers scored 23 consecutive points, but needed a big defensive stand and an onside-kick recovery late to hold off the Tides.

Garrett King’s 22-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter gave Wenatchee a 33-25 lead. And after the Tides were held on fourth down with 21/2 minutes remaining, the Panthers (9-2) needed one first down to run out the clock.

They didn’t get it. And on fourth down, the snap went over the punter’s head, and the Tides had the football back at the Wenatchee 37-yard line with 1:37 remaining.

It took 37 seconds for Gig Harbor (8-3) to score. Faking a jet sweep play, Noah Samsen instead ducked inside and ran 11 yards for a touchdown, cutting Wenatchee’s lead to 33-31.

Coach Aaron Chantler said the team’s go-to play on two-point conversions is trying to hit Samsen out of the slot. But quarterback Conor Scanlan’s pass went off Samsen’s fingertips for an incompletion.

Gig Harbor’s Garrett Weinrich came on to try the onside kick, but his slow roller to the left was easily recovered by the Panthers, and they ran out the clock to advance to a 4A quarterfinal meeting with Chiawana of Pasco.

Samsen had 103 yards on 10 carries, and added three receptions for 24 yards. But the Tides committed three turnovers that fueled Wenatchee’s comeback from an early deficit.

While disappointed, Chantler admitted the season was “pretty heartening” as the Tides look to the future.

“The culture we’ve built, we’ve taken a big step forward as a team, and as a program,” Chantler said. “This is the expectation from now on.”


At Bellevue 2, Auburn Mountainview 1: Clarice Bruch blasted a 25-yard shot in the upper right corner of the net for the game-winner with five seconds remaining, and the host Wolverines (16-3) shocked the Lions.

Auburn Mountainview (17-4) had tied the 3A quarterfinal in the 77th minute on Sophie Wagner’s short shot in front of the goal off a corner kick.


Sumner 1, at Lake Washington 0: Brooke Lancaster tallied an unassisted goal in the 60th minute, and the defending Class 2A champions are back in the state semifinals after a victory in Kirkland.

The Spartans (16-2) will play West Valley of Yakima in a semifinal at 6 p.m. Friday at Shoreline Stadium.

Since 2010, seven of Sumner’s eight state-tournament victories have been on a shutout — and Saturday was no exception. Goalkeeper Jamie Lange had six saves.


At King’s 1, Eatonville 0: Anisa Uberuaga took a pass from Anna Parker and scored the lone goal in the 43rd minute, and the Knights (18-3) knocked out the Nisqually League champions in the 1A quarterfinals in north Seattle.

News Tribune news services contributed to this report.

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