Charles Wright Academy is big, but Montesano is quick.
By the time No. 7 Charles Wright adjusted to it, the Bulldogs had run to a lead too great to overcome.
Tucker Ibabao scored four touchdowns and Montesano is advancing past the first round of the Class 1A state playoffs for the fifth time in the past six years with a 31-21 victory against Charles Wright on Friday at Clover Park HIgh School.
“They are a lot bigger than we are up front,” Ibabao said. “But we are quick. Once we got to the edge it was off to the races.”
Ibabao scored three of his four touchdowns in the first half. His third came on a 16-yard run just after the Bulldogs started their drive on their own 38-yard line with 50 seconds to go until halftime.
That made it 23-7 at halftime. Montesano got the ball to start the second half and pushed its lead to 31-7 following Ibabao’s 17-yard TD run.
The Bulldogs’ up-tempo offense gave Charles Wright troubles the entire first half. They played at a similar pace to what would normally be seen from the University of Oregon, and they even used enlarged flashcards similar to what the Ducks use on the sidelines to relay plays.
“The biggest thing for us early in the game is that we didn’t match their tempo,” Tarriers coach Mike Finch said. “It had nothing to do with intensity because our kids were ready for this. But they really got us on our heels and we had a tough time getting our signals in.”
Charles Wright got back into the game following Fritz Jacobson’s 19-yard TD pass to Collin Hungate and Raheem Hughey’s second 1-yard TD of the night, which cut Montesano’s lead to 31-21 with almost 11 minutes left.
But the Tarriers did not convert on a fourth-and-4 pass that fell incomplete with five minutes left. The Bulldogs did not give the ball back after that.