Chief Sealth had the play sniffed out from the snap. Every player was zeroed in on McCarthy Tonuao.
Not one to shy away from contact, Tonuao – Timberline’s short-yardage back – lowered his head and powered forward.
The senior plowed through the first pair of Seahawks that challenged him before dragging more than a handful of defenders down to the 1-yard line.
On paper it would go down as simply an 11-yard run. Tonuao didn’t even find the end zone, coming up inches short.
Momentum-wise the play seemed to ignite the Blazers, setting the tone for what turned out to be a one-sided affair.
Tonuao scored twice on short runs, Chris MacNeil hit Justace Buhl on a 56-yard touchdown pass and Timberline won its eighth consecutive game with a convincing 34-16 victory over visiting Chief Sealth in Class 3A district playoff action Friday at South Sound Stadium.
“McCarthy’s a spark plug. He’s just a ball of energy,” Timberline coach Nick Mullen said. “He gets everyone on this team hyped up because of his play.”
MacNeil competed 10-of-16 pass attempts for 171 yards with Buhl hauling in four catches for 119 yards.
Tanner Risk also chipped in touchdown runs of 1 and 2 yards for the Blazers, who improved to 9-1.