EAST WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Valley Rams advanced to the Washington Football League championship after a 30-14 win over the Okanogan Commandos in the opening round of the playoffs last weekend.
They jumped out to a 16-8 halftime lead after a 30-yard pass from Phil Frost to Lance Ballew, a field goal from Garret Brown and a 12-yard run from Frost.
John Rossi accounted for the other two scores with a 7- and 30-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Rossi led the team with 168 yards and two touchdowns and Chris Faulconer recorded 10 tackles on defense.
Wenatchee Valley, which is making its fifth straight championship appearance, faced its share of uncertainty coming into the season due to all the fresh faces on the roster. But its had no issues living up to its high expectations.
“This team’s really rallied together and played extremely well,” coach Mickey White said. “So it’s been a nice surprise for sure.”
The undefeated Rams face a familiar foe in the Spokane Wolfpack in Saturday’s title game.
They lost to Spokane in a preseason contest and defeated the squad 16-6 at home earlier this year.
Wenatchee Valley hosts the Wolfpack on Saturday at Eastmont Junior High.
Spokane leads the league in defense and the Rams boast the top-ranked offense.
“It should be a great matchup,” White said. “They’re stingy. They don’t give up too many points.”