Football games like the one Friday make Lakes High School coach Dave Miller appreciate the stretches of brilliance and dominance when few schools in the 3A South Puget Sound League gave the Lancers a competitive battle.
And yet, at the end of the ninth-ranked Lancers’ 29-22 seesaw victory over Bonney Lake at Harry E. Lang Stadium, there was a hint of satisfaction, too. His team had to come off the mat to pull off a game-winning drive.
Quarterback Jaiave Magalei led the final 75-yard drive. His 39-yard pass to Cale Lindsay set up Yisrael Stephens’ 3-yard touchdown scamper with 2 minutes, 6 seconds remaining that broke a 22-22 tie.
The Panthers had a last-gasp drive, too. Theirs ended in the Lakes end zone when Terrell Bromer picked off Isaiah Weed’s pass with 66 seconds to go.
In fact, Lakes intercepted three Weed passes in the end zone on the night.
Miller said it was not only a back-and-forth final quarter, but also an emotional one. Offensive lineman J.T. Colvin was taken off on a stretcher with an injury with 10 minutes remaining.
“You know, we were reeling at the time,” Miller said. “This was a real growing experience — a gut check.”
Bonney Lake, which is coached by former Lakes defensive coordinator Jason Silbaugh, tied it at 22 on Weed’s 3-yard scoring pass to Dillon Jordan (and Weed’s conversion pass) with just over four minutes remaining.
“(Silbaugh) is a heck of a coach, and is building a very good program,” Miller said. “He’s taken what he learned from us, and then doing what he is doing on his own — that combination is why he is such a great coach.”
At Curtis 49, Puyallup 26: Donnell Diego rushed for 240 yards and five touchdowns, and Curtis pulled away with three fourth-quarter scores in earning a victory over injury-ravaged Puyallup in University Place.
Graham-Kapowsin 45, at Spanaway Lake 14: Shannon Edwards ran for 171 yards and three scores, and Trevor Asbjornsen passed for 258 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the ninth-ranked Eagles won at Art Crate Field.
Emerald Ridge 42, at Rogers 14: That is three consecutive wins — and counting — for the upstart Jaguars as they polished off the Rams at Sparks Stadium.
Wain Clarke caught touchdown passes of 40 and 62 yards from Griffin Meyers for Emerald Ridge in the victory.
Gig Harbor 48, at South Kitsap 7: Davis Alexander threw for 256 yards and four touchdowns — three to different receivers, and the Tides blistered the Wolves in Port Orchard.
South Kitsap’s only score was on Dustin Garcia’s 90-yard kickoff return to start the second half.
Wilson 35, at Shelton 20: Zavia Frazier caught a touchdown pass, ran for a score and returned an interception 58 yards for a touchdown as the Rams’ defense took over the game in the second half at Highclimber Stadium.
Wilson forced six turnovers, registered three sacks — and held Shelton to 56 total yards after halftime in erasing an early deficit.
Lincoln 91, at Mount Tahoma 0: Abes quarterback Jordan Kitna threw seven touchdown passes before being pulled early in the third quarter, and No. 7 Lincoln overwhelmed the Thunderbirds at Mount Tahoma Stadium.
It was a school record for points for the Abes. The previous mark was 70, set in 2002.
At Capital 3, Central Kitsap 0 (OT): Van Soderberg's 33-yard field goal in overtime gave Capital a 3-0 victory over Central Kitsap at Ingersoll Stadium in Olympia.
Regulation ended in a scoreless tie after Central Kitsap's Hail Mary was picked off by Carson Bertelli at the 4-yard line.
At Franklin Pierce 32, Orting 14: Ninth-grader Alex Bing had 150 yards on 14 carries, scoring three touchdowns as Franklin Pierce came from behind to beat host Orting.
Willie Patterson completed all 11 passing attempts. His 6-yarder to Bing with 41/2 minutes to go in the third quarter gave Franklin Pierce the lead for good, 19-14.
1A EVERGREEN CONFERENCE
At Eatonville 23, Montesano 17: The No. 5 Cruisers built a 23-0 lead in the first half before surviving a nail-biter over the defending league champions in Eatonville.
Johnathon Warner tallied a pair of touchdown runs, and Jake McCormick passed for 114 yards for Eatonville.
2B PACIFIC LEAGUE
Life Christian 75, at Chief Leschi 6: Wyatt Dunlap tallied five touchdown runs, and pushed his state-leading total in Class 2B to 16 as the Eagles reeled off their fourth consecutive victory in Puyallup.
Defensive end Luke Grocott also scored his first-ever touchdown on a 30-yard fumble return in the second quarter.