High School Sports

Wilson rolls over Ballard, 43-22, to earn trip to state

Zavia Frazier rushed for 160 yards and three touchdowns as Wilson High School cruised to a 43-22 victory over Ballard on Friday night in a Class 3A state play-in contest at Memorial Stadium.

Wilson’s defense also intercepted Ballard quarterback Jacob Ta’ase four times on the night.

The Rams (8-2) advanced to the state playoffs and will travel to Spokane next weekend to face Mount Spokane, a 43-13 victor over Kennewick.

Ballard closed the season at 5-5.

Ballard actually led off the scoring as Ta’ase scored from a yard out on fourth and goal to give the Beavers the early 7-0 lead.

Wlson quickly responded with a touchdown drive of its own. A penalty on an onside kick attempt give the Rams the ball at the Ballard 43-yard line. After three runs from Zavia Frazier pushed the ball to the edge of the red zone, Julius Yates-Brown connected with Tanner Colburn for a 22-yard touchdown to even the game at 7.

Colburn would later be ejected for throwing a punch.

Frazier intercepted Ta’ase on the ensuing Ballard possession to set up another touchdown drive. David Shin scored on a 10-yard run to give Wilson a lead it would never relinquish.

After a 28-yard field goal from Jack Dinneen closed the gap to 14-10, Wilson answered with a nine-play, 85-yard scoring drive. Frazier scored on a 15-yard run to give Wilson a 20-10 halftime lead.

Wilson quickly marched for another score in the third quarter, with Frazier adding a 12-yard touchdown run, his second of the night. Keun Palu-Thompson intercepted Ta’ase — Wilson’s fourth interception of the game — and caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from Yates-Brown on the next play as Wilson took a commanding 34-10 lead.

After a Ballard fumbled punt snap went for a safety, Frazier added a 5-yard touchdown run for his third score of the night to give Wilson a 43-16 lead.

Ta’ase connected with Eric Henderson on an 8-yard touchdown pass for Ballard and later scored on a 9-yard touchdown run.