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.
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.