ENTIAT — The Entiat football team made a strong statement Friday.
The Tigers effectively used their spread option offense to consistently put points on the board, and received two defensive touchdowns in the second half on their way to a 56-38 win over visiting Pateros.
“This was a huge win for us,” said Entiat coach Brian Bailey. “Pateros was a playoff team last year, and I think they had a feeling that this is their year. We made some adjustments in the second half and slowed them down a bit. They didn’t get a whole ton through the air like they had been. Our defense stepped up.”
Noe Quezada had 109 yards and two rushing touchdowns for the Tigers, and Trang Tran passed for three scores.
“We’re executing so much better,” Bailey said. “We’re a hurry-up team, and that made a huge difference tonight. By the third quarter, Pateros was spent. Pateros has good size, and we outran them in the second half.”
Columbia-Inchelium 68, Waterville 52
The Columbia-Inchelium attack was just too much for the host Shockers.
Waterville gave up a 1,000 yards in the lopsided victory, but head coach Mike Gray said he saw improvement from last week.
“Believe it or not, of course we lost, but the first half I thought our boys played real well,” Gray said.
Matt Deshazer paced the Shockers with 206 yards on nine carries. Quentin Horford had 261 yards for Columbia-Inchelium.
Ellensburg 37, Ephrata 7
Ellensburg shut out visiting Ephrata until the fourth quarter to pick up a Central Washington Athletic Conference victory.
Garrett Hull threw for 311 yards for the Bulldogs.