CHIMACUM — This year, Charles Wright is seizing power in the Olympic 1A/Nisqually League.
The Tarriers, not necessarily a known powerhouse in the Nisqually League, are 5-0 this season and have been routing opponents all year long. They beat Port Townsend 46-6 last week and this week, they took it to a Chimacum squad 49-0.
“Their coach [Brian Burdick] really has it locked in. This year, they’re sending a message to everyone,” said Cowboys coach Chris Storm.
Storm said the Cowboys struggled all week with team-wide colds and flu and that his team’s line got gassed by the speedy Tarriers.
“We just didn’t play with them, we were a step or two down,” Storm said. “Charles Wright is on a roll. On our best day, I think we could play with them. We were having a rough week.”
The Cowboys’ all-league player Jacob Williamson was limited by injuries and couldn’t play defense. That’s 10 to 12 tackles right there, Storm pointed out. He thought Anson Jones played well for the Cowboys.
It doesn’t get any easier for the Cowboys this week. Chimacum (1-1, 1-4) plays perennial power Cascade Christian (0-0, 3-0) on the road for a rare Saturday night game at 7 p.m.
Port Townsend 38, Vashon 14
VASHON — The Redhawks nearly had three 100-yard rushers and got Noa Montoya back from injury, taking it to the Vashon Island Pirates 38-14.
The Redhawks’ Dylan Tracer and Logan Massie each had more than 100 yards rushing and Jerome Reaux Jr. had more than 90 yards on the ground.
“The offensive line did a pretty good job,” said coach Patrick Gaffney. Gaffney said Wes Blue, Evan Tonar, Toby Fulton, Siaumau Auseuga and Beau Manuel all played great on the line, opening holes for Port Townsend’s running backs. And he pointed out that Auseuga, Manuel and Fulton are all freshmen.
Tracer had touchdown runs of 21 and 1 yards, while Massie scored on runs of 14 and 17 yards. Tracer also scored four two-point conversions.
Kesem Coggins also had a 13-yard touchdown run for the Redhawks.
Port Townsend got up 38-0 in the fourth quarter and Vashon scored a pair of late touchdowns. Gaffney said the Redhawks could have won by a wider margin, but two touchdowns got called back by penalties.
Gaffney said Josh Davis also played a good game on defense. Port Townsend had a 16-0 lead, but Vashon drove down the field and was threatening to cut the lead down to one score, but Davis had an interception at the 1-yard-line to end the Pirates’ threat.
Gaffney said Montoya also played well.
“He did a good job running the offense,” he said.
Port Townsend (1-1 2-2) has a crucial Homecoming game at 6:30 p.m. Friday against Bellevue Christian (1-0, 2-2).
“We could get ourselves in the playoff picture” with a win, Gaffney said.
Montesano 41, Forks 6
FORKS — The Spartans have shown so far this season that they are a good young team. Montesano showed Friday that the Bulldogs are still the team to beat in the Evergreen 1A League.
The Bulldogs came in to Friday’s game 4-0, having scored 238 points in those five games. The Spartans gave Montesano as hard of a time as anyone has all year, but the Bulldogs were still too powerful and won 41-6.
That 41 points by Montesano is the fewest the Bulldogs have scored all year.
“They’ve got grown men on that team,” said Forks coach Trevor Highfield.
Highfield thought it was a much closer game than the final score showed.
“I’m very proud of our team. We were cognizant of how powerful they’ve been. We’re looking at this as an opportunity to get better and learn,” Highfield said.
Forks’ touchdown was scored by Hayden Queen. Highfield said Hayden Baker, Dalton Kilmer and Logan Olson also played well for the Spartans on defense. He also said Trey Baysinger played a solid game.
Next week, Forks (0-1, 3-2) plays Tenino (0-0, 2-2) on the road at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Quilcene 56, Rainier Christian 26
MAPLE VALLEY — The Rangers didn’t get off to a great start, fumbling the opening kickoff against Rainier Christian, but they finished with a flurry, rushing for more than 650 yards and getting 421 yards on the ground and four TDs from Bishop Budnek to win going away 56-26.
Budnek got his yards on 22 carries and scored on runs of 15, 45, 60 and 50 yards. Chase Newman gained 98 yards, DJ Richardson had 77 yards on six carries and Holdem Elkins had 45 yards on two carries.
Coach Trey Beathard said the game was actually close late in the second quarter when Elkins hit Isaac Dugdale on a 50-yard pass to make it 36-18 going into the break. From that point on, the Rangers were able to cruise.
Budnek already has more than 1,000 yards rushing after just four games.
On defense, Cash Thacker had 11 tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery, Zach Budnek had two sacks and 11 tackles and Deacon Budnek had three sacks and seven tackles.
Beathard said that while Budnek is a great running back, the Rangers’ offensive line — Max Redmond, Zach Budnek, Kristian Mack, Deakon Budnek and Cash Thacker — deserves much of the credit for the Rangers’ 657 rushing yards.
The Rangers (1-0, 3-1) have a tough game coming up against unbeaten Evergreen Lutheran (0-0, 3-0) on the road at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Quilcene 56, Rainier Christian 26y
Quil. 14 22 20 0 — 56
RC 0 18 0 8 — 26
Q— B. Budnek 15 run (Budnek run)
Q—Newman 20 run (PAT failed)
Q— B. Budnek 45 run (PAT failed)
Q—Richardson 10 run (Mack PAT)
Q— Dugdale 50 pass from Elkins (Smead PAT)
Q— B. Budnek 60 run (PAT failed)
Q—Elkins 20 run (PAT failed)
Q—B. Budnek 50 run (Mack pass from Elkins)
Rushing—Q: B. Budnek 22-421, Newman 7-98, Richardson 6-77, Elkins 2-45, Smead 2-9, Kutler 1-6, Williams 1-3, Dugdale 2(-2).
Passing—Q: Elkins 4-10-93, TD, INT; N. Kieffer 0-3.
Receiving—Q: Dugdale 2-54, Mack 1-20.
Naselle 50, Neah Bay 14
NASELLE — Neah Bay is still a notch below a very powerful Naselle team as the Comets beat the Red Devils 50-14.
Neah Bay came in to the game undefeated with high hopes of knocking off the Comets.
“They have a core group of guys who definitely play well together. They have some good speed. They have two guys faster than anyone we have,” said Neah Bay coach TJ Greene.
“We have a lot of areas we can improve on. We’re still struggling with our linebacking corps,” Greene said. “We’re giving up more points than we’re used to.”
“We can learn and build from this is how we’re going to approach it as a coaching staff,” Green said.
The Red Devils were actually close in the first half, down just 26-14, but the Comets rattled off the final 24 points of the game to pull away.
Neah Bay’s touchdowns came from a 38-yard Toby Croy run and a tough inside 1-yard run by Meric Soeneke. Greene said Soeneke also played well on defense.
Neah Bay (0-1, 3-1) next plays at Darrington (0-2, 2-3) at 6 p.m. Friday.
Olympic 48, Port Angeles 14
BREMERTON — The Port Angeles Roughriders couldn’t keep up on the road with a red-hot Olympic squad, falling 48-14 to the Trojans, who are unbeaten in league.
The Roughriders got 133 yards rushing on 19 carries from Daniel Cable. Cable scored on a 52-yard run and Tyler Bowen scored on a 14-yard pass from Brady Nickerson. Bowen had 59 yards receiving on five catches.
Port Angeles (0-2, 0-5) next plays at home during Homecoming at 6:30 p.m. Friday against Bremerton (1-1, 3-2).
Olympic 48, Port Angeles 14
PA 0 0 6 8 — 14
Oly. 7 20 21 0 — 48
Oly. — Feistner 45 run (Kennedy kick)
Oly. — Fanua 8 run (Kennedy kick)
Oly. — Turso 1 run (kick failed)
Oly. — Bailey 2 run (Kennedy kick)
Oly. — Bailey 2 run (Kennedy kick)
PA — Cable 52 run (conversion failed)
Oly. — Bailey 19 run (Kennedy kick)
Oly. — Feistner 21 run (Kennedy kick)
PA — Bowen 14 pass from Nickerson (Nickerson run)
Passing: Olympic: Turso 3-6-37, INT; Boschee-Perry 0-1-0. PA: Nickerson 9-16-108, TD, 2 INT.
Rushing: Olympic: Feistner 21-320, 2 TDs; Bailey 10-88, 3 TDs; Fanua 3-24, TD; Turso 1-1, TD; Olmo 1-0, Guadiz-Macadangdang 3-(-1), Gauyan 0-(-2). PA: Cable 19-133, TD; Nickerson 11-27.
Receiving: Olympic: Bluitt 1-24, Bailey 2-13. PA: Bowen 5-59, TD; Bowechop 3-29, Hughes 1-20.