After ending a 21-year drought to win a league title, this wasn’t the end the Enumclaw High School football team had imagined.
It’s season came to a close with a 42-7 loss against Skyline on Friday in the Class 4A district playoffs.
Big plays, including a 75-yard wide receiver pass, by the Spartans put Enumclaw out of its element early and put the Hornets into a hole they could not escape.
The Hornets’ usually stout running game was held to just 61 yards through the first three quarters of the game.
“That’s been our identity during the season, being able to run the ball and sustain drives,” Enumclaw coach Mark Gunderson said.
The Spartans dominated through the air, picking up 440 yards in the passing game. Joseph Green led the way with 365 yards passing and three touchdowns.
Skyline drove 75 yards on their first drive in under three minutes. After a 56-yard pass to Christopher Johnson to open the game, Green found running back Prescott Wong on a 25-yard screen pass for the first score.
A quick stop and a short punt gave Skyline another quick score when Wong found the end zone a second time with just over four minutes left in the first quarter.
With just under three minutes left, Skyline receiver Nathan Brandt connected with Luke Stiles on a 75-yard trick play to push the lead to 21-0.
Green connected with Wong and Stiles on touchdown passes in the second quarter for a 35-0 lead.
The running clock began late in the third quarter after Green found Noah Park in the end zone to push the lead to 42-0. Park had an interception on the Enumclaw drive prior to his touchdown.
Enumclaw did well enough bottling up the Skyline rushing attack. Wong was held to 44 yards on 12 carries.
“That’s a dang good team over there,” Gunderson said . “We knew that our margin of error was going to be as slim as it could have been all year.”
The Hornets got on the board in the fourth quarter with some big runs by their standout running back, Bear Kuro. Kuro had 81 yards rushing on Enumclaw’s final drive of the game, ending with 11 carries for 93 yards and a touchdown. Kaden Anderson caught six passes for 82 yards.
Skyline advances to face 4A KingCo-rival Bothell in the first round of the state playoffs. Enumclaw ends the season 8-2.
S – Prescott Wong 25 pass from Joseph Green (Carter Shane kick)
S – Prescott 8 run (Shane kick)
S – Luke Stiles 75 pass from Nathan Brandt (Shane kick)
S – Wong 14 pass from Green (Shane kick)
S – Stiles 29 pass from Green (Shane kick)
S – Noah Park 8 pass from Green (Shane kick)
E – Bear Kuro 8 run (Kaden Anderson kick)
Rushing - Skyline: Prescott Wong 12-41; Enumclaw: Bear Kuro 11-93, Matthew Dion 4-33
Passing – Skyline: Joseph Green 21-31-3-365, Nathan Brandt 1-1-1-75; Enumclaw: Kellen Kranc 13-29-112
Receiving: - Skyline: Luke Stiles 7-161, Christopher Johnson 2-92, Prescott Wong 5-69, Evan Alexander 5-68, Will Carson 1-20, Noah Park 1-8; Enumclaw: Kaden Anderson 6-82, Jacob Burns 3-20, Ethan Eilertson 3-6