One extra point made all of the difference for Charles Wright’s football team on Friday.
Simply put, the Tarriers were able to make one while Toledo wasn’t. That and three Dan Jacobson touchdown passes is why Charles Wright won, 19-18.
Toledo scored first on the first of Keyton Wallace’s three short touchdown runs but the extra point kick failed. The Tarriers countered with a 25-yard touchdown pass from Jacobson to Hayden Salfeld and then took a 7-6 lead on Anthony Lundberg’s kick, the only successful PAT in the game.
Jacobson, who threw for 185 yards while completing 12 of 17 passes, hit Asher Shakoor-Asadi for a 30-yard TD in the third quarter to up the lead to 13-6. Wallace scored later in the quarter to cut the lead to one, but Jacobson struck again, this time on a 15-yard score to Michael Tucci, to make it 19-12.
Toledo answered with a 1-yard run by Wallace in the fourth but their attempt at a two-point conversion failed, lifting Charles Wright to the one-point victory.
The Tarriers’ Alex Meadowcroft had six receptions for 95 yards.
Todd Beamer 43, Spanaway Lake 28: The Titans held off the Sentinels thanks to the combined efforts of Collin McKay and Kuma Scanlan.
McKay scored three touchdowns on runs of 58, 3 and 18 yards and had a 2-point conversion run. Scanlan scored both of his touchdowns in the second half, the first on a 9-yard run to erase a 22-21 Spanaway Lake lead in the third quarter. He then crashed in from 2-yards out in the fourth quarter.
Graham-Kapowsin 56, at South Kitsap 0: Dylan Morris threw four touchdowns, including two to Tre Mason in the first quarter, as the Eagles swamped the Wolves.
D’Angelo Biggs had a 95-yard kickoff return to the Eagles started. G-K upped its lead to 28-0 after a quarter thanks to a 54- and 8-yard touchdowns from Morris to Mason.
Morris also threw a 61-yard TD to Micah Smith and a 58-yarder to Malaki Roberson.
At Eatonville 55, Elma 7: Tristian Schoepf threw a touchdown and ran for two others to lead the Cruisers to a big win.
Schoepf connected with Dylan Antonson on a 35-yard pass for a score to highlight a 21-point first quarter for Eatonville. He also started a 21-point second quarter with a 2-yard score and then added a 26-yard TD in the third quarter.
Caden Jumper scored on two TD runs (2 and 7 yards) for Eatonville.
Auburn Riverside 41, North Thurston 0: Tiano Malietufa threw three touchdowns and ran for another and the Ravens defense was dominant at South Sound Stadium in Lacey.
Malietufa, who rushed for 88 yards on 11 carries, scored on a 3-yard run in the first quarter. He connected with Cade Stober on a 35-yard score, Isaiah Prescott on a 9-yarder and Jaden Robinson on a 29-yard strike. He completed nine of 15 passes for 150 yards.
North Thurston was held to 65 yards on 44 plays and turned the ball over twice on fumbles.
Kentlake 21, Auburn Mountainview 20: It was a wild finish between the Falcons and Lions as a late touchdown pushed Kentlake ahead with less than two minutes left in the game.
Entering the fourth quarter down 17-7, Brandon Mortenson escaped the Lions defense on a broken play where he found Alex Lopez for a 25 yard pass to set it up at the two yard line.
Tony Heimann punched it in and the Falcons made it a one score game. The defense then stood up as they held the Lions to only a field goal on the ensuing drive, leaving three minutes on the clock.
Mortenson again found his receiver, this time in Jermiah Woods, for the 68 yard pitch-and-catch that would ultimately give the Falcons the lead with a minute and a half left. After back to back sacks on third and fourth down, the Falcons ran out the clock.
Cascade Christian 41, Orting 7: It was all Cougars all night as they secured a decisive win over the Cardinals.
“Overall we played three quarters of pretty good football but that first quarter with three plays into the game they were up 20-0,” Orting coach Marty Parkhurst said.
That was a rough mountain to climb with Cascade Christian’s Quarterback Parker Johnson not letting up going 6-12 for 229 passing yards and 4 TDs.
“For a week one game, we’re gonna learn a lot from it,” Parkhurst said. “We’re gonna shore up a lot of areas and I think we’re gonna be just fine.”
Eatonville 55, Elma 7: It was a dominant performance by the Cruisers as they steamrolled over the Eagles with scoring that started and didn’t stop held together by strong defense.
“It was great. Our defense played outstanding,” Eatonville coach Gavin Kralik said. “The combination of special teams and defense created short fields. THey were pinned back in their territory for the first three quarters.”
While the defense was holding Elma to no scores, Eatonville’s offense was relentless. It started with a run by Ben Johnson, then a pass from Tristian Schoepf to Dylan Antonson, and then a run by Caden Jumper.
Oh, and that was just the first quarter.
“A lot of kids played well. Schoepf played great as quarterback, Ben Johnson played great on defense,” Gralik said. “Jumper played great on offense and defense.”
A highlight of the game was a huge play in the third by Zach Smith that really put the nail in the coffin.
“Zach Smith had a fifty yard punt return,” Gralik said.
Elmer tried to rally after that with a touchdown in the third, but it was too little too late as Eatonville was able to coast to victory.
The Cruisers will play away next against the Highline Pirates on Friday at 5 p.m.
Olympia 41, Emerald Ridge 0: The Bears were a force to be reckoned with as they wore down the Jaguars in a big opening game.
“I think it was important for us to get off to a strong start,” Olympia coach Steve Davis said. “I felt like we were prepared going into the year. Still, with my being a first time coach, it was still a little rocky.”
That didn’t show as the team seemed the get progressively better as the game went on scoring seven in the first, thirteen in the second, and 21 in the third.
“I thought we played really well. We moved the ball really well,” Davis said. “Owen Shea, my tailback, he ran really well tonight.”
Shea started off the scoring in the first and then went on to score another touchdown in the third as well.
“I really thought that the offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage. Defensively, I thought we were lights out,” Davis said. “Dennis Graham, our defensive coordinator, had the guys prepared well. It was his first game as well.”
In the all around performance, Davis still highlighted things the team needs to work on.
“We put the ball on the ground a few times,” Davis said. “We need to clean that up.”
The Bears next chance to do that will be at home on Friday against the Rogers Rams at 7 p.m.
Bethel 36, Yelm 33: A messy second quarter was too much for the Tornadoes to handle as they were outlasted by the Braves.
"They got us on a 4th down; they stopped us deep in their territory and we gave the ball right back to them,” said Yelm assistant coach Steve Nolan. “In the span of a minute and a half, they got a long TD and then again on a halfback pass.”
Kyle Robinson, the Tornoado quarterback, had a productive day with his legs. He ran for 123 yards on 11 carries and scored twice. James Palmer added in 83 yards on ten carries and two scores, but their efforts were not enough to overcome the Braves.