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Tough-running Timberline too much for Chief Sealth, 34-16

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on Nov. 2, 2012 at 9:45 pm with No Comments »
November 2, 2012 9:50 pm

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.

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