The Timberline High School football team’s defense appeared to wrap up Gig Harbor junior quarterback Davis Alexander on third-and-11 in the fourth quarter. Then Alexander spun out of the tackle, scrambled, and threw to senior wide receiver Santana Johnson for a 17-yard touchdown.
It was that kind of night for the Blazers.
Timberline had no answer for No. 10 Gig Harbor on either side of the ball, falling 41-0 to the Tides at Roy Anderson Field.
The Alexander-to-Johnson combination worked for more than just the wild scramble play.
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Johnson finished with 152 yards and three touchdowns on 10 catches. Alexander threw for 348 yards and five touchdowns. Junior wide receiver Noah Samsen also had a big night for the Tides (5-1, 3-0 4A Narrows), finishing with 146 yards and a touchdown on eight catches.
“With what Santana does on the outside, and then what Noah does on the inside — having those two guys, they’re two big mismatch problems,” Gig Harbor coach Aaron Chantler said. “We saw some things that we thought we could exploit in the passing game — I think we did that pretty well tonight.”
The Gig Harbor (5-1, 3-0 4A Narrows) defense has given up zero points in the past eight quarters, and have taken a big step forward this season for the Tides.
“They’re playing phenomenally,” Chantler said. “When they’re pinning other teams deep and giving us short fields, that makes our life on offense really easy. We’re really clicking in all three phases of the game.”
Timberline senior quarterback Gabriel Gutierrez had was held under 100 yards passing, finishing with 90 yards passing and two interceptions. The Blazers were led in rushing by junior running back Coltrane Barron, who finished with 50 yards.
Timberline coach Nick Mullen walked off the field with medics late in the second half after collapsing on the Timberline sideline. His condition was unclear immediately following the game. Timberline fell to 2-4, 1-3 on the year.
Federal Way 14, Kentwood 10: Senior Chico McClatcher rescued a struggling Eagles’ offense with a game-winning 55-yard touchdown run with 10 minutes remaining, and Federal Way upended the sixth-ranked Conquerors in an SPSL crossover game at French Field.
McClatcher busted up through the middle of the line, made on defender miss and broke free for his only score of the game.
The Eagles’ defense came up with a huge stop late in the game, too, stopping Kentwood on a fourth-and-2 play with just under two minutes remaining.
Puyallup 37, Spanaway Lake 30: Brady Winter and Michael Fuller tallied short touchdown runs in the final 101/2 minutes to rally the Vikings to a come-from-
behind SPSL South victory at Sparks Stadium.
Fuller’s 1-yard score gave Puyallup a 37-30 lead with 6:34 to go.
Spanaway Lake jumped out to a 21-7 lead early in the second quarter on Ramon Gutierrez’s 12-yard touchdown strike to Leroy Lawrence.
Auburn 31, Sumner 30: Kevin Clay, the Trojans’ third-string halfback who was promoted from the junior varsity before the game, scored the game-winning 6-yard touchdown run on the final play, lifting Auburn to a wild victory at Memorial Stadium.
Auburn drove 61 yards in the final 45 seconds. Clay scored on a jet sweep run to the left side with two seconds remaining.
Josh Riley gave the Spartans their first lead, 30-24, on a 12-yard touchdown scamper with 50 seconds to go.