By Pierre LaBossiere
Peninsula Daily News
JOYCE — In a back-and-forth six-man football shootout, Crescent simply had more depth in the end and was able to fend off a game Clallam Bay squad 46-37.
The Bruins twice held leads in the first half, with scores of 13-7 and 25-20.
However, the Loggers took command late in the first half, scoring two touchdowns to close out the second quarter and take a 33-25 lead into the break.
In the second half, Crescent opened up a 46-25 lead then was able to breathe easy.
Clallam Bay’s Ryan McCoy had 217 yards rushing on 17 carries and four touchdowns while Clayton Willis, returning from a knee injury, had 161 yards on 15 carries, and added two touchdowns of his own.
Loggers’ coach Brian Shimko said Crescent was so focused on Willis that his team allowed McCoy to gouge them for a number of big plays.
“We keyed on [Willis] because he has wheels, and then [McCoy] ate us up,” Shimko said.
Eric Emery led Crescent with 97 yards rushing on six carries.
Shimko lauded quarterback K.C. Spencer’s effort. Spencer not only threw for 262 yards, he did it with a cast on his left arm. Spencer also somehow caught two interceptions with the cast.
Bruins coach Cal Ritter said McCoy really stepped up in this game.
“Ryan stepped up and played really well. It’s not a surprise; he loves to play,” Ritter said.
Ritter said Willis was still nursing a knee injury in the game, which is part of the reason for McCoy’s big workload.
“He wasn’t 100 percent. That hurt us a little,” he said.
Ritter said turnovers simply killed Clallam Bay. The Bruins were hurt by an interception and two fumbles in the red zone. “In a close game, turnovers will leave a mark,” he said.
Crescent (0-2, 2-4,) next plays at home against Class 1B No. 1 Lummi on Saturday.
Crescent 46, Clallam Bay 37
Clallam Bay 19 6 0 12— 37
Crescent 20 13 0 13— 46
CB—McCoy 54 run (PAT good)
C—Peppard 18 pass from Spencer (Emery run)
CB—McCoy 21 run (PAT failed)
C—Buchanan 3 run (Emery pass from Spencer)
C—Emery 55 pass from Spencer (PAT failed)
CB—Willis 31 run (PAT failed)
CB—Willis 49 (PAT failed)
C—Anderson 20 (Buchanan run)
C—Emery 9 run (PAT failed)
C—Story 29 pass from Spencer (Emery run)
C—Leonard 22 run (PAT failed)
CB—McCoy 11 (PAT failed)
Rushing—C: Leonard 4-55, Emergy 6-97, Story 2-26, Buchanan 5-22, Cox 7-44. CB: McCoy 17-217, Willis 15-161.
Passing—C: Spencer 12-20-0 229 yards, 3 TDs.
Receiving—C: Peppard 1-18, Story 5-115, Leonard 2-29, Emergy 1-55, McNeese 2-28, Buchanan 2-17.
Neah Bay 54, Morton-White Pass 26
RANDLE — Class 1B No. 3 Neah Bay blew open a close game near the end of the first half and ran away in the second half to beat Class 2B Morton-White Pass on the road 54-26 in an 11-man football game.
Coach Tony McCaulley said the Red Devils struggled at first to contain the Timberwolves’ run game, but shut them down well in the second half. He said a 75-yard intereception and run back for a touchdown late in the second quarter by Kenrick Doherty Jr. was a huge play that turned the tide in a close game.
“We’re getting better every week,” McCaulley said.
“We’re happy they gave us a good game,” he said.
A Timberwolves’ touchdown made the score 16-12 in the final two minutes of the half, but Neah Bay responded with a quick TD of its own on a 62-yard pass from Rwehabura Mungayi Jr. to Cameron Buzzell to make it 22-12. A two-point conversion from Mungayi to Kenrick Doherty Jr. made it 24-12, and the Red Devils never looked back, outscoring the Timberwolves 30-14 in the second half.
The Red Devil’s Cole Svec opened the scoring with a 58-yard rushing TD early in the first quarter.
Buzzell had two touchdown catches, while Doherty had a 75-yard runback on defense and a TD catch.
Mungayi ended the game with three TD passes and a rushing TD. Leroy Green had a touchdown run.
Neah Bay (5-1, 1-0 in Northwest 1B 8-man) has a bye next week. The Red Devils’ next game is at Tulalip Heritage on Oct. 21.
Neah Bay 54, Morton-White Pass 26
Neah Bay 8 24 16 6— 54
Morton/White Pass 6 6 0 14— 26
NB—Svec 58 run (Nate Taylor run)
M/WP—Pelletier 3 run (Cowan kick)
NB—Buzzell 13 pass from Munyagi (Svec run)
M/WP—Poquette 33 pass from (PAT failed)
NB—Buzzell 62 pass from Munyagi (Doherty pass from Munyagi)
NB—Doherty 75 INT return (Doherty pass from Munyagi)
NB—Doherty 33 pass from Munyagi (Doherty pass from Munyagi)
NB—Greene 1 run (Greene pass from Mungayi)
M/WP—Jennings 9 run (PAT failed)
NB—Mungayi 6 run (PAT failed)
M/WP—Urban 1 run, (Jennings run)
Rushing—NB: Svec 11-140, Buzzell 1-35, Munyagi 7-27, L. Greene 4-9, N. Tyler 1-3, B. Greene 2-2, T. Tyler 1-1, Hunen 1-3, Soeneke 1-0.
Passing—NB: Munyagi 9-16-0, 3 TDs; Svec 0-1, INTCowan 23-30-275, 4 TDs, 2 INTs. PT: Hill 13-23-128, 2 TDs, INT.
Receiving—NB: Doherty 4-42, 1 TD, Buzzell 4-107, 2 TDs, Greene 1-3.
Quilcene 72, Muckleshoot 16
QUILCENE — The Rangers warmed up for some tough league games coming up with a 72-16 win over Muckleshoot.
“We got in a lot of good work for the younger kids. It’s fun to see everyone get a chance to play and contribute,” said coach Trey Beathard.
Ace Elkins had a big game for Quilcene with 101 yards rushing on five rushes and an interception on defense, while Ben Bruner had 165 yards on nine rushes and three touchdowns. Garron Terry, Andy Johnston and Ethan Davis also had fumble recoveries.
Beathard said Quilcene (4-1, 1-1) has some big SeaTac 1B 8-Man league games coming up, first with Evergreen Christian on Saturday.
Quilcene 72, Muckleshoot 16
Muckleshoot 8 8 0 0— 16
Quilcene 36 8 14 14— 72
Q—Bruner 62 run (Such run)
Q—Johnston 33 pass from A. Elkins (Comstock run)
Q—Reynolds 26 run (PAT failed)
Q—Such 35 run (PAT failed)
Q— Bruner 25 run (H. Elkins run)
Q—A. Elkins 63 run (Comstock run)
Q—Reynolds 66 return (Such run)
Q—Johnston 23 run (PAT failed)
Q—Bruner 89 run (Gallager run)
Q—Gallager 23 run (PAt failed)
Rushing—Q: Such 4-43, A. Elkins 5-101, Bruner 9-165, Reynolds 3-33, Newman 2-11, Gallager 2-35, Johnston 3-43.
Port Angeles XC at Hole in the Wall
LAKEWOOD — The Port Angeles boys and girls cross country teams ran in the rain and the mud at the Nike Hole in the Wall Invite with Cameron Butler and Gracie Long again leading the way.
Butler had a time of 17 minutes, 22.0 seconds. Long led the girls at 19:28.8.
Tom Lismonde didn’t mind the wet conditions, according to coach Rodger Johnson.
“I really liked running in the rain today, I felt like I could go as fast as I wanted, but didn’t get too hot,” Lismonde said.
Other boys’ times included: Tristin Butler, 18:05.3; Tom Lismonde, 18:08.4; Gabriel Long, 18:32.2; Aron Trubow, 19:09.4; Aj Fischer 19:41.4; Tommaso Begal 20:07.1.
Girls’ times included: Madelyn Dougherty, 19:28.8; Ella Holland, 20:53.8; Lael Butler, 21:06.1; Ellie Hiigel, 23:04.1; Alisandara Baccus, 23:04.7.
“All the girls ran well,” girls coach Cheryl Girardi said.
“Most runners had either a season record or overall personal record. The freshmen are starting to realize their potential and push their limits.”
Port Angeles runs at Bremerton on Wednesday.
Sports editor Pierre LaBossiere can be contacted at 360-417-3525 or at [email protected]