PATEROS — A shootout may have been expected Friday between Entiat and Pateros, and sure enough, in the first half, offense was plentiful from both teams.
In the third and fourth quarters, the teams’ defenses were able to make the necessary adjustments to slow down the scoring. But by then, the Tigers were down by too many points to mount a comeback.
Pateros’ 54-20 win moves it ahead of Entiat in the Central Washington 1B league standings; both teams entered the contest tied for third place.
“This was a huge win for us,” said Pateros coach Marcus Stennes. “This was the biggest game of our season.”
Lance Evans caught three first-half touchdown passes for the Billygoats, who took a 46-16 halftime lead. Evans finished with 126 yards on five catches.
“Our biggest strength is our passing game,” Stennes said. “We were able to run the ball early, which opened things up for the passing game. We tried to run the ball in the second half and take time off the clock, and both teams were getting defensive stops. Both defenses stepped up, and that really slowed the game down. We weren’t able to get any momentum going.”
Trang Tran recorded 137 rushing yards for the Tigers.
Republic 66, Waterville 24
The host Shockers (0-6 CWB) kept the halftime score within reach at 30-16, but Republic’s offense continued to dominate with four rushing touchdowns and one passing touchdown in the second half.
Alex Rivera ran for 226 of Republic’s 400 total yards, scored four rushing touchdowns and caught a 61-yard scoring pass from Aaron Fritts in the second quarter. Fritts went 6-for-15 passing for 160 yards and two touchdowns, and scored twice on two 8-yard runs.
White Swan 67, Manson 27
Manson’s (1-3 CWB) offense stayed active, scoring once per quarter, but its defense couldn’t stop White Swan’s offense.
Kittitas 36, Bridgeport 23
Bridgeport failed to pick up its first win of the season against visiting Kittitas.
Ephrata 42, Toppenish 7
Dalton Balentine ran for 119 yards and two touchdowns, and Ephrata picked up a road win over Toppenish.
Quarterback Evan Brooks threw two touchdown passes for the Tigers (4-2 Central Washington Athletic Conference).