Easton Trakel’s 73-yard kickoff return to open the second half led to Tumwater’s only touchdown four plays later, and Trakel followed it up with a 10-yard fourth-quarter touchdownrun to lead the Thunderbirds to a 14-3 come-from-behind victory over Capital in Friday night’s nonleague high school football game at Tumwater District Stadium.
With the T-Birds trailing 3-0 at halftime, Trakel took the second-half kickoff from the 4-yard line and broke loose for 73 yards. Tumwater’s four-play, 23-yard drive ended with Addison Barrett’s 2-yard go-ahead touchdown run less than two minutes into the second half.
“We fired off Easton’s kick return,” said Barrett, a senior. “And right after that we all said, ‘Hey, we are scoring.’ ”
Trakel added his 10-yard rushing touchdown with 3 minutes, 51 seconds remaining the game, as Tumwater (1-0) scored all of its points in the second half.
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Trakel also totaled three catches for 82 yards and had 52 yards on nine carries to help lead the Tumwater offense, which tallied 292 total yards.
Playing in front of a regional audience on television sets across the Northwest on Root Sports, Capital used a 10-play, 80-yard drive ending with Van Soderberg’s 38-yard field goal on its second offensive possession for a 3-0 lead that held up to halftime.
Tumwater had chances to tie, getting two drives inside the Cougars’ 20. But two missed field goals left the T-Birds shut out in a first half for the first time since 2011 (a 41-6 loss to Archbishop Murphy), in spite of 147 first-half yards.
Senior Conner Kennedy had a game-high 160 yards on 27 carries for Capital (0-1), but was held to 43 second-half yards.
Root Sports will replay the game at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. It’s one of 12 regular-season high school games Root Sports will broadcast through Oct. 30.