The Rogers-Puyallup rivalry game had far-reaching implications Friday night, as the outcome would determine the final 4A South Puget Sound League South playoff berths.
Michael Fuller rushed for 134 yards and three touchdowns to lead Puyallup to a 35-0 victory at Sparks Stadium. The win means Bethel grabs the South’s No. 4 seed going into the regional crossover games next weekend.
“All I was thinking this week was to go out there and have fun and put it all on the field — leave it out there today,” Fuller said.
Fuller averaged nearly 17 yards per carry, scoring on runs of 3, 8 and 88 yards.
The Puyallup (3-6, 2-4) defense was also stout, intercepting three passes. Orlando McDaniel returned one of those 55 yards for a touchdown, while Zack Nixon and Taje Davis claimed the other two.
Franklin Pierce 34, at Washington 13: D.J. Sallier helped the Cardinals finally break away in the second half with a pair of touchdown runs, and Franklin Pierce clinched the league’s No. 1 seed to the district playoffs with a win in Parkland.
Sallier finished with 186 all-purpose yards. His 11-yard touchdown run with 8:26 to go in the third quarter gave the co-2A SPSL champions a 20-13 lead.
Orting 45, at White River 21: A win in Buckley, coupled with a Steilacoom loss, sends the Cardinals into the district playoff round.
Ronnie Collins rushed for 101 yards and three touchdowns as Orting built a 31-7 halftime lead.
The Cardinals will travel to Lindbergh, the 2A Seamount League champion, at Renton Memorial Stadium.
Fife 56, at Clover Park 18: The Trojans wrapped up the league’s No. 3 seed, piling up 49 first-half points in routing the Warriors at Harry E. Lang Stadium.
Austin Woods rushed for 125 yards on just six carries, scoring on a 24-yard run and a 46-yard pass from Kyle Mazzone in the first half. Ray Chavis and Michael Nelson each went over 100 yards receiving for Clover Park.
Timberline 48, South Kitsap 7: In a series that dates to 1989, South Kitsap has dominated against the Blazers, winning all the first eight meetings.
That streak was snapped Friday night, and in a big way, as the Blazers’ posted the 41-point victory over the Wolves at South Sound Stadium to send Timberline into the playoffs.
Taking the 4A Narrows League’s fourth and final playoff seed, the Blazers (5-4 overall, 3-3 4A Narrows) will travel to fifth-ranked Lake Stevens next weekend in a Week 10 district crossover game with a state berth at stake. Time and day date of the game has not been determined.
In a must-win game for both teams, it didn’t take long (2 minutes, 10 seconds) for Timberline to strike first. In fact, it The Blazers scored touchdowns on its their first three possessions (90-, 71-, 70-yard drives) to grab a quick 20-7 lead.
Quarterback Gabe Gutierrez finished 12 for 20 passing for 226 yards and four touchdowns.
4A SPSL NORTH CROSSOVER
At Federal Way 77, Kent-Meridian 21: The Eagles wrapped up the SPSL North’s No. 1 seed by routing the Royals at Memorial Stadium.
Chico McClatcher rushed for 354 yards and six touchdowns for the Eagles — including TD runs of 59, 55 and 54 yards.
Federal Way will host the winner of the Mariner-Snohomish game from Saturday in the district round.
At Sumner 43, Auburn Riverside 13: Even after all the last-second losses, the Spartans still are alive for the last spot in the district playoffs with a victory at Sunset Chev Stadium.
The Spartans rolled up 271 rushing yards, and got three touchdowns runs from Connor Wedington (1, 11, 24) and a pair of scores from Josh Riley (8, 3).
Sumner, Enumclaw and Lakes will play for the final playoff spot in mini-tiebreaker games Tuesday at Franklin Pierce High School.
At Peninsula 59, Bonney Lake 28: The Seahawks completed their perfect run through the league, getting a big night from Matt Shirley at Roy Anderson Field in Purdy.
One of three first-quarter touchdowns, Shirley caught a 37-yard scoring pass from Robert Kvinsland. And midway through the second quarter, he returned a punt 82 yards for a touchdown.
In all, Shirley scored four touchdowns – and totaled 487 all-purpose yards.
The Seahawks will host the Lakeside-Nathan Hale winner from Saturday in a district playoff game.
At Lincoln 48, Foss 0: The sixth-ranked Abes finished off their first undefeated league season since 1963 by drilling the Falcons at Lincoln Bowl.
Jordan Kitna passed for 259 yards and three touchdowns, and also ran in another score. Marcus Johnson rushed for 120 yards, and caught two passes for another 106 yards.