By Tyler Hemstreet
The Franklin Pierce Cardinals’ double overtime win over
Class 1A No. 1 Cascade Christian on Sept. 10 gave the team a huge shot of
It’s a wave the Cardinals are still riding.
Franklin Pierce followed up the upset with a win last week
over Clover Park.
On Friday night, the Cardinals went on the road and kept
humming, pounding host Eatonville, 42-0, in an SPSL 2A matchup.
“That set the tone for the whole season, so we’re hoping to
go all the way,” said quarterback Reilley Peirce of the win over the Cougars.
It was Cascade Christian’s first regular season loss since
“Everybody though we were going to lose that game,” Peirce
said. “We just had to show people up and that’s what we did.”
It took a big defensive play to get the Cardinals going on
Friday night against league rival Eatonville.
Trailing 14-0 with less than 20 seconds left in the first
half, Eatonville (2-2, 1-1 SPSL 2A) was driving from the Cardinal 41 yard line.
Franklin Pierce cornerback Juan Herrera came flying in on a blitz and stripped
the ball from quarterback Zach Fairhart. The senior then scooped it and
sprinted 52 yards for a touchdown as Franklin Pierce (3-1, 2-0 SPSL 2A) led
21-0 at the half.
“(Herrera) gets after it every game on defense,” Peirce
said. “Going into the locker room, that pumped us all up and we came out in the
third quarter ready to go again.”
Peirce tossed a 96-yard touchdown to Issac Howard on the
Cardinals’ opening drive of the second half, and threw another touchdown pass —
a 10-yarder — to Iopu Ignacio later in the quarter.
Sam Mintah added a 20-yard touchdown run with 1:02 left in
the third to close out the scoring.
“We’re dynamic enough that we can really get some points,”
Franklin Pierce coach Howard Lutton said. “I did not expect a shutout. I did
not expect 42 points on the board.”
Peirce finished 8 of 12 passing for 161 yards and three
touchdowns, and added 71 yards rushing and a touchdown on just six carries.
Ignacio had 80 yards on 15 carries.
The Franklin Pierce defense held Eatonville to just 60 yards
of total offense in the first half. “(The)
defense did a fantastic job on holding their dynamic (players) down,” Lutton