Backed by a stout defense and a career night from running back/defensive end Marcus Hamilton, tenth-ranked Bonney Lake shut down Stadium, 35-21, on Friday night at Sunset Chev Stadium in a Class 3A Pierce County League matchup.
While the Panthers suffocated Stadium’s offense, there was nothing the Tigers could do to slow down Hamilton, who dominated on both sides of the ball.
The senior finished with two sacks, four tackles for a loss and a fumble recovery on defense and a game-high 273 rushing yards on 27 carries and a touchdown on offense.
“Marcus is a competitor,” said Bonney Lake coach Jason Silbaugh. “We he gets going, it’s hard to stop him. He can be a very disruptive player on offense and defense.”
As disruptive as he was out of the defensive end spot, Hamilton was nearly unstoppable while running the football.
“I just had to get the ball. I mean, they couldn’t stop us all game,” Hamilton said.
The Panthers’ lead running back led the charge as Bonney Lake (4-1, 3-1 3A Pierce County League) finished with 391 total rushing yards as a team.
Hamilton almost found the end zone a second time in the fourth quarter after following lead blocker Caleb Davis, before cutting down the sideline before being stopped right outside the goal line.
“I started cramping up so bad. I started cramping up in the third quarter,” said Hamilton of his 88-yard run. “Lucky our boys up front kept the momentum and we scored. We got the ‘W’ — that’s all that matters.”
Jason Day capped off the drive with a 9-yard touchdown reception from Kaiden Hammond that gave Bonney Lake a 35-7 lead after a successful extra point.
“Once we had the big lead, we backed off of them a little bit,” Silbaugh said. “Stadium has been scoring a million points a game, and they really didn’t have anything in the fourth quarter. I can give up those yards when we’re up four scores in a game.”
Bonney Lake will travel to play Wilson on Friday (Oct. 7).
Emerald Ridge 49, Rogers 12
Logan Skoda was not going to be denied the King of the Hill title for his Jaguar team, as Emerald Ridge’s senior quarterback connected with his receivers on five touchdowns in the win at Sparks Stadium.
Daniel Gregory led the Jaguars with two touchdown receptions.
Emerald Ridge (2-3) will play its nonleague game this week when it hosts Wesco North leader Squalicum (5-0, 3-0) at Sparks Stadium. Rogers (0-5, 0-4) will travel to Curtis (0-5) this week.
Cascade Christian 40, Klahowya 6
Tyquan Coleman has been impossible to contain since the junior took over No. 1 spot at running back for the Cougars. Coleman finished with five total touchdowns after rushing for 108 yards on nine carries, as well as hauling in five receptions for 56 yards.
Parker Johnson (14 for 26 passing) had his best game to date, as the freshman threw for 242 yards and two scores, while his favorite target, Austin Carder, had 187 yards receiving on 12 catches. Cascade Christrian (5-0, 2-0) will host Vashon (0-5, 0-2) on Saturday (Oct. 8) at Sunset Chev Stadium.