n you face off 22 times as high school football coaches like Orting’s Marty Parkhurst and Eatonville’s George Fairhart have, you tend to play a few cat-and-mouse games.
And Parkhurst certainly guessed correctly Friday night in a nonleague showdown at Orting Stadium.
After the Cruisers scored on Logan Moose’s 94-yard kickoff return, they finally opted to try a PAT kick — and missed, handing the Cardinals a thrilling 21-20 victory.
Moose’s return with 52 seconds to go came just after Joseph Yoro scored on a 13-yard sweep run to give Orting a 21-14 lead.
At first, Fairhart sent on his PAT kicking unit after Moose’s score to try for the tie, but then called timeout. He instead directed his offense to take the field for a two-point conversion — and go for the victory.
“They had a formation set, and we called timeout,” Parkhurst said. “So his team went back over to the sideline. And after some contemplation, they sent the kicker back out.”
Eatonville’s kick went wide right.
“I guess it was a good timeout then,” Parkhurst said.
The Cruisers — ranked No. 7 in Class 1A — tried an onside kick, which Orting’s Austin Spader recovered.
SPSL 2A member Orting won despite committing six turnovers.
At Jefferson 33, Puyallup 27 (OT): Kenny Turner had a huge night with five touchdowns — four coming on runs in the fourth quarter and overtime — and the Raiders overcame a 20-point deficit to shock the Vikings at Federal Way Memorial Stadium.
Turner’s 9-yard run and subsequent two-point conversion with three minutes to go tied the game at 27.
Puyallup missed a field goal in overtime, and Turner won it on his 4-yard scoring scamper. He finished with 189 rushing yards and also blocked a punt.
At Spanaway Lake 52, Decatur 28: Don’t throw to Lovell Goodrum’s side of the field. He’s proved he can make quarterbacks pay.
Goodrum, a senior cornerback, returned interceptions 45 and 92 yards for second-quarter touchdowns at Art Crate Field.
At Prosser 40, Emerald Ridge 10: Tanner Bolt tossed a pair of long touchdown passes in the first half — a 52-yarder to Javier Diaz and a 71-yarder to Roy Borrego — and the Mustangs, ranked No. 3 in Class 2A, buried the reigning SPSL South champions at Fiker Stadium.
At Rogers 21, No. 10 Todd Beamer 17: So much for that 17-0 deficit.
The Rams completed the comeback when Troy Johnston hit Jordan Bishop for a 19-yard touchdown pass with less than five minutes left to stun the Titans at Sparks Stadium.
That was two quarters after Bishop had hit Johnston for a 22-yard touchdown pass to start the rally.
At Auburn Mountainview 47, Foss 14: The third-ranked Lions piled up 452 total yards —– 299 coming on the passing of quarterback Gresch Jensen in an easy nonleague victory at Auburn Memorial Stadium.
Corey Barnes added touchdowns on an 18-yard catch, a 48-yard run and a 64-yard punt return.
Mount Douglas (B.C.) 46, at Mount Tahoma 22: Declann Michielin tallied three touchdown runs for the visiting Canadian team in a victory in Tacoma.
Mount Tahoma’s Adrian Allen threw a touchdown pass and caught a 21-yarder for a score.
Washington 30, at Renton 22: Martin Mendiola passed for 230 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score as the Patriots held off the Indians at Renton Memorial Stadium.