The Elma Eagles and Montesano Bulldogs took care of business against opponents in higher classifications on Friday, blowing out their respective foes to earn nonleague road victories as we take a look at Week 2 prep football games.
Elma 63, Rochester 14
The Eagles scored nearly as many points off of turnovers in the game as they scored in the first quarter as Elma routed 2A Rochester 63-14 on Friday at Rochester High School.
The Eagles (2-0 overall) scored 28 points in the first quarter and 27 points off turnovers in the game as the Eagles cruised to its second blowout victory in as many weeks.
“It was more competitive than the score shows,” Elma head coach Ron Clark said. “They had some good skill guys and we had some trouble covering them. … Our offense came through. They were hitting on all cylinders.”
Elma opened the scoring with a Cody Vollan touchdown pass to Noah Huttula in the first quarter.
But Rochester (1-1) responded to tie the game at 7-7 on Tristan Johnson’s 3-yard run two minutes later.
That’s as close as the Warriors would get as big plays and turnovers quickly helped to extend an Elma lead. Vollan scored on a 62-yard scamper on the Eagles subsequent possession and Elma got the ball back when Tysen Richardson intercepted Rochester quarterback Daniel May near midfield. Elma running back Isaiah O’Farrill scored on a 30-yard run a few plays later to give the Eagles a 21-7 lead.
On Rochester’s next possession, Elma linebacker Brady Shriver returned an interception 21 yards for a score, giving the Eagles a 28-7 lead at the end of one quarter.
Elma went up 35-7 when Vollan hit Richardson for a 12 yard touchdown early in the second quarter.
Rochester tried to stop the bleeding when May hit Bodey Smith on a 60-yard touchdown pass play, but Elma marched right back down the field and scored on a Vollan pass to Shriver from 27-yards out to make it a 41-14 game at the half.
Elma scored twice more off turnovers in the third quarter, both on O’Farrill runs from inside the Rochester 5-yard line. Carter Ayres’ fumble recovery led to an O’Farrill 5-yard TD run with nine minutes left in the frame and a Nick Church interception led to a 4-yard O’Farrill score to make it a 54-14 game.
An Elma safety late in the third followed by a 12-yard touchdown run by Conan Baxter in the fourth topped off the night’s scoring.
“Our defense kind of got woken up there,” Clark said. “We had to compete and the kids responded.
Elma was playing without four starters, most of those being on the offensive line. Clark commended his bench for stepping up when needed.
“We had some young kids that had to step in for some injured players and they played their butts off,” he said. “We held the fort and got to get some guys healthy for down the road. … What I saw tonight was a great effort for our team and those kids had fun playing football.”
Clark also added he thought his offensive coordinator Casey Doyle and defensive coordinator Larry Raynes were “both really good tonight” in the play-calling department.
Elma faces Aberdeen at 7 p.m. on Friday at Stewart Field.
Montesano 55, Shelton 0
Montesano put together what head coach Terry Jensen called a “great performance all the way around” in a 55-0 drubbing of the 3A Shelton Highclimbers on Friday at Shelton High School.
Bulldogs quarterback Trace Ridgway led the way for Monte, rushing for three touchdowns and throwing for two more. The 6-foot-2 senior hit running back Aydan Darst with a 34-yard touchdown strike to open the scoring at 9:38 in the first quarter.
Ridgway then ran for two consecutive scores of nine and two yards to put Monte up 21-0 at the end of the first 12 minutes of play.
Monte (2-0) put the game out of Shelton’s reach with a pair of scores in the second frame. Jordan King split the uprights with a 33-yard field goal at the 8:19 mark followed by a Ridgway 15-yard scoring run that put Monte up 32-0 at the half.
Ridgway hit receiver Sam Winter for an 11-yard TD pass in the third quarter as the quarterback accounted for five of Montesano’s eight offensive scores.
“Both Ridgway and Winter played really well on offense,” Jensen said, adding his offensive line of Tanner Nicklas, Caleb Reninger, Jack Anderson, Kodi Hunley and Kenny Koonrad “did a great job of opening up holes and letting our running backs do their thing.”
Monte ran for 215 yards on the ground, including fourth-quarter TD runs from Isaac and Isaiah Pierce.
Ridgway ended the evening an efficient 13-for-15 for 179 yards and the aforementioned two TD passes.
The Bulldogs defense held the Highclimbers to minus-7 yards rushing on 26 carries.
“We got on them right away and just added on after that,” Jensen said of the victory. “The kids played hard and that is the majority of the battle right there. I’m real proud of them.”
Monte faces Columbia-White Salmon on the road at 7 p.m. on Friday.