Franklin Pierce High School football coach Mickey Ahrens wasn’t quite sure how it happened, he was just glad that it did.
Closely covered Alex Bing hauled in his second touchdown pass of the night from sophomore quarterback Claudell Quinland, this time in overtime, to lift the Cardinals to a 20-17 victory over White River at Franklin Pierce Stadium on Friday.
“They had it covered, but the ball was so perfectly thrown to Bing in the back of the end zone to a point where only he could get it,” Ahern said. “It was a big sigh of relief for me.”
The Cardinals had led, 14-7, at the half but White River forced overtime when TJ Stroschein threw a 10-yard touchdown to Michael Padreira with three minutes left in the fourth quarter.
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Franklin Pierce had a chance to win the game in regulation but failed to score.
The Hornets scored first in overtime, kicking a 40-yard field goal to take a 17-14 lead.
Quinland, who threw for 142 yards and connected with Bing on a 27-yard TD pass in the second quarter, calmly positioned Franklin Pierce on its possession and then hit Bing with the game-winner.
Bing had four catches for over 50 yards.
Steilacoom 13, Eatonville 9: Jaymason Willingham scored on a 3-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter and the Sentinels defense came up with a crucial stop into hand the Cruisers (3-1) their first loss.
Late in the game, Eatonville drove to Steilacoom’s 3-yard line but were held to a field goal.
Sentinels coach Rich Lane said after some early struggles, his team was able to control the clock with effective running.
“Our run game took off in the second quarter,” said coach Rich Lane. “We just gave it to Jaymason Willingham late and he responded.”
The win puts Steilacoom (3-1) in the driver’s seat for its first 2A SPSL Sound title after two weeks ago beating defending division champion River Ridge. Steilacoom hasn’t allowed a team to score double-digit points since 3A Stadium in the Sentinels’ opener.
Washington 24, Foster 21: With two seconds on the clock and the game on the line, the Patriots quarterback Martin Mendiola made some magic again.
Mendiola, who had already scored twice, threw a 30-yard touchdown to Jay Bouie, who got behind Foster’s secondary for the game-winner.
“I thought we should go for another 10 yards or so and call a timeout so we could go for the field goal and go to overtime,” Washington coach Mike Von Rueden said. “But he was just really in control and able to make a great decision.”
Mendiola completed 12 of 22 passes while throwing for 182 yards. The Patriots started their final drive with 1:10 remaining and one timeout.
Washington lost its 18-0 lead in the fourth quarter because it couldn’t slow Foster’s dynamic running back, Blessing Leiato, who entered with 64 carries for 870 yards (averaging 290 yards per game). He scored three touchdowns to make it 21-18 Foster.
“Talk about momentum swings — we had the momentum through three quarters and they took the lead in the fourth,” Von Rueden said. “It says a lot about our kids and never giving up and it says a lot about Martin Mendiola and being a two-year starting quarterback for us. He was confident.”
Curtis 17, Olympia 14: Jase Paulson's 38-yard field goal was the only score by either team in the second half as the Vikings got its first win — and handed the Bears their first loss.
Curtis (1-3) took advantage of three second half Olympia turnovers, two interceptions by the game's two-way star, junior Marlon Jones, and a fumble on Olympia’s desperation final drive.
Olympia, which drops to 3-1, all in 4A SPSL play, scored first when quarterback Ketner Young finished off the Bears’ first drive with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jaren Thorpe.
Curtis —which entered the game with losses to Puyallup, Graham-Kapowsin and Sumner, which were all undefeated entering Friday — tied it 7-7 before the first quarter ended when Jones, who would carry eight times for 93 yards, broke loose for a 48-yard touchdown run.
In the second quarter, Curtis took its first lead on a two-yard touchdown sweep by Taj Moffett, but Olympia tied it 14-14 on a quarterback sneak by Young.
After Paulsen's longest field goal of the year with four minutes left in the third, neither team would score again.
Olympia's Owen Shea led all rushers with 116 yards on 29 carries. Curtis quarterback Kyle Russell completed 17 of 26 passes for 154 yards. Zack Paulsen snagged eight of those passes for 64 yards.
Capital 47, North Thurston 20: Grant Erickson threw for five touchdowns and the Cougars set a single-game school record with 330 yards passing and six passing TDs in beating the Rams.
“Tonight we threw the ball really well offensively and had some really good balance,” Capital coach Darren Tinnerstet said.
Peninsula 56, Shelton 0: The Seahawks scored 21 points in the first quarter and Peninsula quarterback Burke Griffin threw for 227 yards and two touchdowns. \