COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — A depleted Wenatchee football team suffered its most lopsided loss since 2006 on Friday night, dropping a non-league matchup to Lake City (Idaho) 46-18.
The Panthers suited up just 32 players against the Timberwolves, who used their size and strength up front to overrun undermanned Wenatchee en route to an even 300 rushing yards.
“They’re the best team we’ve seen all year,” Wenatchee coach Scott Devereaux said of Lake City, which beat the Panthers without regular quarterback Mark Smyly (separated shoulder).
“We got beat by a better football team. They pretty much dominated us.”
The 28-point defeat was the worst for Wenatchee since losing to Eisenhower 31-0 in Week 3 of the 2006 season, and the team’s third straight loss.
It was tough sledding from the start for Wenatchee, who played without two-way starter Keaton Smith (irregular heartbeat), Chris Woodard (shoulder), Austin Burnett (shoulder/neck) and kicker Angel Guerra (hamstring).
“We wanted to compete with the guys we had,” Devereaux said. “We knew it would be an uphill battle, but the kids played very hard.”
Senior running back Nolan Johnston had a pair of touchdowns for Wenatchee (4-3 overall), but the Panthers mustered just 72 yards rushing.
Wenatchee faces a must-win situation next Friday night against Davis to stay in the race for the third and final playoff spot out of the Big Nine 4A division.
A win for the Pirates, who are 3-2 in league play after losing to No. 7 Chiawana 28-7 on Friday, would clinch that final berth for the Yakima school.
The Panthers got a little help on Friday night when Moses Lake, which entered Week 7 as the last-place team in the Big 9 4A division, upset Eisenhower 16-7.
The Cadets, who beat Wenatchee in Week 5, fall to 1-3 in league play and are tied with the Chiefs.
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