Top Performer: Jacob Holcomb, Puyallup
15-for-18 for 208 passing yards, 3 TDs, 1 rushing TD —in 41-6 win over South Kitsap
Puyallup 41, South Kitsap 6: Jacob Holcomb had seven fewer touchdown passes against the Wolves than his brother did last year.
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But he’ll take the win.
And it was a fine night for the younger Holcomb, nonetheless, even if he didn’t break the 11-man state high school football record for msot touchdown passes in a game like his older brother did against South Kitsap last year when Nathaniel Holcomb threw for 10 touchdowns in a 77-60 shootout of a win.
Jacob Holcomb was efficient as he’s been all year as the junior starter, completing 15 of 18 passes for 208 yards and three touchdowns, including one rushing TD as Puyallup improved to 4-0.
Jacob Holcomb first threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to George Johnston in the first quarter, then threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Darius Morrison. Morrison finished with eight catches for 108 receiving yards (his second 100-yard receiving game this year). And Kyle Cramer ran for 103 yards and two touchdowns, including a 55-yarder for a score.
And now the Vikings are off to their best start since starting 4-0 a decade ago under former coach Tom Ingles in the 2007 season. And they equaled their win total from their 4-6 season a year ago.
South Kitsap (0-4) tried to rally in the fourth quarter and managed to get one touchdown. However, by then it was too little too late to mount a comeback and the Vikings were able to close this one out.
The Vikings will play away next on Friday, Sept. 29 against the Sumner Spartans at 7 p.m.
Top Performer: Paige Tullis, Gig Harbor
4 goals — in 6-1 win over Central Kitsap
Stadium 2, Bonney Lake 1: Makenzie Burks scored the game-winning goal in stoppage time off a free kick to hand the Panthers their first loss of the season and vault their record to an umblemished 5-0-0.
The goal came on a free kick from about 20 yards out as Burks sent a strike into the back of the net.
Stadium led 1-0 when Olivia Seaholm scored in the 20th minute, but reigning 3A Pierce County League MVP Kaylee Coatney answered for Bonney Lake in the second half on a penalty kick to tie it up.
Bonney Lake goalkeeper Eliza Christensen had 13 saves.
Gig Harbor 6, Central Kitsap 1: The Tides were dominant in their near shutout win over the Cougars behind Paige Tullis’ four goals for their fifth consecutive victory.
“I’m just really excited with how the team played,” Gig Harbor coach Stephanie Cox said. “Central Kitsap has some strong players but I think our players responded from Tuesday’s game.”
That game saw Gig Harbor (5-1-0) narrowly winning a 1-0 match against Peninsula on Tuesday. But Cox wanted to see the offense wake up.
“They took all the coaching from yesterday and implemented it today,” Cox said. “(Tullis) had a really great game.”
Tullis was the second to score in the game in the 22nd minute. She would go on to score in the 42nd minute, the 29th minute, and for good measure in the 63rd minute to seal her team’s victory.
Also with a strong game was Jaylynn Barton, who had the first goal of the game in the 16th minute and would go on to assist Tullis in the 42nd minute.
The Tides will look to keep this momentum going when they play away next on Tuesday against the Timberline Blazers at 7 p.m.
Cascade Christian 2, Vashon 0: Hannah Beardemphl may have scored two goals for the Cougars to take the win over the Pirates, but it was the defense that held that game.
The first goal Beardemphl would score came in the 25th minute as the ball was fed to her by Grace Jung. At the 62nd minute, Nicole Soupley was ball feeder to Beardemphl for another goal.
However, the defense stood tall as they didn’t allow any penetration from the Pirate offense. In fact, Ali Edwards didn’t even have a shot fired at her throughout the match.
Taylor Beardemphl, Hannah’s sister, was leading the defense as she was the one that would attack the midfield and win balls for the Cougars. Another set of sisters in Alex and Ashley Tiefke held down the back end as well, helping ensure there was no Pirate attack.
Enumclaw 3, Federal Way 0: The Hornets’ Carli Boger had the biggest impact on the field as she was involved with the first two goals of the match.
Boger was credited with the assist on the Kayla Carlson goal in the 18th minute to go ahead of the Eagles on the night. In the second half at the 48th minute, Boger struck the ball in herself thanks to the Sawyer Anderson assist.
Enumclaw’s final goal was scored in the 66th minute thanks to Rén Olson off the Logan Breidenbach assist. Gabby Quinnett and Claire Lewis both earned the shutout.
Top performer: Peyton Foster, Graham-Kapowsin
26 kills in 3-1 win over Olympia
Timberline 3, North Thurston 0: The Blazers had to fight for every point they earned against the Rams, including falling behind in the third set to only climb their way back for the sweep.
Timberline started to lose consistency during the third set as North Thurston took the lead. It was the motivating chatter on the court that brought the Blazers back into the match.
“They had one mental collapse in the third game, we had to fight to get back into it,” Timberline coach Krista Manke said. “They had a good talk on the court and it helped them stay focused. It was a team effort.”
Kasey Louis led the team with 10 kills, 12 digs and six blocks on the night. Chloe Stansburg also threw in 29 assists, three kills, and an ace.
Leading the Rams was Lauren Porter, finishing her night with 21 digs, and Elana Fairchild earned seven kills and nine digs as well.
Cross Point Academy 3, Tacoma Baptist 1: Despite a perfect service record from Isabella Thompson, the Crusaders couldn’t find a way to top the Warriors.
Thomas would finish the match with six kills and 27 digs as well. Lauren Chavez also was perfect from the serving line going 13-for-13, two aces and 33 digs. Hannah Peterson finished with eight kills and 21 digs.
Graham-Kapowsin 3, Olympia 1: The Eagles and Bears were tied after the first two sets, but then Graham-Kapowsin cruised from there to earn the road win.
Peyton Foster led the Eagles with 26 kills and Madison Brockway would get 27 digs in their win. Radyn Goudreau would chip in 35 assists as well.
The Bears were led by Avi Vetter’s 13 kills, two aces, and 12 digs.
White River 3, Washinton 0: The Hornets are still unbeaten thanks to Keegan Strobeck’s 17 kills and Hope Baldyga’s 36 assists.
White River (5-0) cruised to a 25-9 win in the first set and followed with a 25-7 win the second set before closing it out. Megan Vandegrift, the UW softball commit, had 10 digs and Hannah Nelson had nine kills and six aces.
Top performer: Kane Vu, Bellarmine Prep
Won No. 1 singles match, 6-0, 7-5 — in 5-0 win against Puyallup
Bellarmine Prep 5, Puyallup 0: The Lions swept the Vikings — from Kane Vue’s 6-0, 7-5 win in the No. 1 singles match on down in their matchup Thursday.
“Puyallup has got a good team and they’re just loaded with seniors so we were fortunate to get through especially on their home courts,” Bellarmine coach Richard Snyder said. “We’re pretty deep this year so that helps.”
For the day the Lions only gave up one set to Puyallup and were able to still come away with a decisive victory.
Olympia 5, Rogers 0: The Bears improved to 3-4 overall, 3-2 in the 4A SPSL with a 5-0 win over Rogers in a matchup where the team didn’t lose a single set.
They were especially dominant in singles with Justin Ong and Max Williams both winning their matches without losing a single game 6-0, 6-0 respectively.