Everywhere you looked on the scoresheet, the numbers were big and bigger.
The Fife Trojans and River Ridge Hawks combined for six scoring plays of 55 yards or better Friday night at South Sound Stadium in Lacey.
But no number was bigger than this — 8-0 — River Ridge’s season record. And no statement, right now, is bigger than this: The Hawks are 2A South Puget Sound League champions after a 48-32 victory over a valiant Fife team.
“This team, they know how to win,” River Ridge head coach Steve Schultz said.
Schultz singled out Tre’vonne Dorfner, who carried 26 times for 305 yards and three touchdowns,
“He said, ‘You know what my stats are? 8-and-0,’ ” Schultz said. “That’s the epitome of our team.”
The 8-0 start (6-0 in SPSL 2A) is best start in River Ridge history, and the outright football championship is the first, too, Schultz said.
A 60-yard scamper by River Ridge quarterback Kobe Key with six minutes to go set up Dorfner’s second touchdown — a 9-yard run for a 41-26 lead — as the Hawks started to pull away in a wild parade of yards and points.
But the Trojans were not done as Tanner Knapp scored on a 68-yard run.
Dorfner drove home the final nail with a 33-yard touchdown run with under three minute remaining for River Ridge.
The Trojans (6-2, 4-2 2A SPSL) remained in strong position for one of three berths in the West Central District 3 playoffs.
A critical sequence of events midway through the third quarter tilted fortunes the Hawks’ way.
With River Ridge backed up to its own 5-yard line after a Fife punt, Dorfner took off on a 63-yard sprint down the left sideline to the Fife 32. From there, he carried for 6, 12 and 14 yards to the end zone. A two-point conversion on a pass from Key to Brayden Anderson earned the Hawks a 21-14 lead.
Fife gashed deep into the Hawks’ territory on its next possession, highlighted by a 60-yard run by fullback Tanner Knapp, but the Trojans fumbled at the River Ridge 10.
Key rushed for 26 and 21 yards in the following series to set up a 19-yard scoring run by Thomas Engel.
Earlier in a first half of big plays, Fife stopped River Ridge on downs inside the Hawks’ 20-yard-line. Trojans senior quarterback Kyle Mozzone found junior Wes Nixon open behind the defense for a 69-yard touchdown catch.
River Ridge countered on its next series with a 64-yard strike from Key to the fleet Jonta’h Wesley.
Nixon’s 26-yard run loomed large on a 66-yard, five-play drive for the Trojans, who were able to score to give Fife a 14-7 lead.