Nathaniel Holcomb is one tough customer to try to replace as the record-setting Puyallup High School quarterback.
His younger brother, Jacob, is doing just fine blazing his own trail.
Jacob Holcomb passed for 256 yards and three touchdowns, and the Vikings improved to 2-0 with a 41-13 victory over intra-district rival Emerald Ridge on Friday night at Sparks Stadium.
Holcomb tossed two of his scoring passes to Darius Morrison, the second one an 8-yarder early in the second half that gave Puyallup a 20-0 lead in this 4A SPSL matchup.
Last season, the older Holcomb threw for 3,649 yards and 42 touchdowns, including a state-record 10 touchdown passes in a victory over South Kitsap.
“Jacob is working to get better. He is a hard worker and a competitor,” Puyallup coach Gary Jeffers said. “He is a real team leader in that way.”
Jeffers said his coaching staff has had a more difficult time adjusting to a new quarterback than Holcomb has had being the guy to replace his brother.
“Jacob has had no problem being who he is,” Jeffers said.
Puyallup can make it a clean sweep of its in-town rivals next week against Rogers.
At No. 2 Sumner 55, South Kitsap 6: The Spartans brought out their big-play game in defeating the Wolves at Sunset Chev Stadium.
Senior Tre Weed returned a fumble 77 yards for a touchdown, and took a pass from Luke Ross 95 yards for a score. He finished with 183 all-purpose yards.
But sophomore safety Blake Tannehill did him one better at the end of the first half, jumping a route in the flat and returning an interception 99 yards for a touchdowns that gave Sumner a 34-6 lead with 30 seconds remaining in the first half.
At No. 3 Graham-Kapowsin 56, Curtis 23: Two games, two kickoff returns for touchdowns for D’Angelo Biggs.
That was just one of the many highlights in the Eagles’ convincing victory at Art Crate Field.
Biggs returned a kickoff 84 yards with just under five minutes to go in the first half, and University of Washington commit Dylan Morris threw for 259 yards and three touchdowns.
Curtis had its own special-teams big play — Taj Moffett’s 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to start the game.
At Olympia 28, Rogers 14: Owen Shea rushed for 189 yards on 33 carries, and new Bears coach Steve Davis remained undefeated after a victory at Ingersoll Stadium.
Shea’s 1-yard scoring plunge gave the Bears a 28-7 lead midway through the third quarter.
2A SPSL SOUND
Clover Park 27, at Renton 22: There will be plenty of smiles around Lakewood after this result.
The Warriors snapped their 34-game losing streak by winning a close game at Memorial Stadium.
Derrick McWilliams’ 45-yard touchdown strike to Ziggy Launao was the game-winner early in the fourth quarter, but Clover Park needed two big interceptions in the final three minutes to hold the Indians off.
The last one by Dardane Norman came with 20 seconds to go after Renton drove to the Warriors’ 15-yard line.
At Steilacoom 12, River Ridge 6: The Sentinels scored on two long touchdown runs in the first quarter, and held off the defending divisional champions to end a three-game skid to the Hawks in Steilacoom.
Jaymason Willingham scored first on a 50-yard run. Then it was Jordan Bush-Johson, who took it in from 43 yards out to give the Sentinels a 12-0 lead.
Eatonville 42, at Highline 6: Tristan Schoepf threw for 235 yards and three touchdowns, and Caden Jumper ran for two scores, and passed for another as the Cruisers won at Highline Stadium in Burien.
2A SPSL MOUNTAIN
At Fife 28, Washington 14: Xavier Preston rushed for 110 yards and three touchdowns. Two of those scores came in the decisive fourth quarter as the Trojans held off the Patriots in Fife.
Preston broke a 14-14 tie with his 20-yard scoring scamper. then later addded a 10-yarder. Day’Jon Brooks added 100 rushing yards for Fife.
At Gig Harbor 34, Spanaway Lake 33: It took surviving a nail-biting final minute, but the Tides got coach George Fairhart his first victory with his new school at Art Crate Field.
The Tides took a 34-27 lead on Ben Hollebeck’s 56-yard touchdown pass to Ryan King with 41 seconds remaining in the game.
The Sentinels drove 60 yards for a quick touchdown, then went for the win. Their two-point conversion pass was stopped.
No. 3 Tumwater 56, at Columbia River 6: Bill Beattie is in his 30th season as a coach, and he witnessed something Friday on the road that he’d never seen before.
Four interception returns for touchdowns.
Ethan Wilmobsky, Logan Hayes, Connor Clark and Aiden Slater accounted for the four scores – with Clark’s pick coming in the final minute of the first half to give the Thunderbirds a 42-0 lead.
“No. 1, we’ve tried to make it an emphasis,” Beattie said. “And up front, our linebackers were getting pressure and forcing throws.”
Columbia River was held to 77 total yards.