Once again, Morton-White Pass’s defense stole the show.
The Timberwolves shut down Class 2B’s highest-scoring team, and advanced to their second consecutive state title game after a 12-0 semifinal win over La Conner in the Tacoma Dome on Friday afternoon.
The Timberwolves’ defense has been exceptional all season, only allowing an average of 4.2 points per game. With that, few could have predicted a shutout.
They almost needed to because La Conner’s defense was nearly equal to the task.
“We knew we were going to have to grind it out until the end,” said quarterback Rylon Kolb, who threw both touchdown passes for Morton-White Pass. “I knew that if I put the ball in the playmakers’ hands, they would make something happen.”
The first score for Morton-White Pass didn’t happen until Kolb threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Gianni Bertucci with 2:25 left in the second quarter.
The Timberwolves widened their lead in the third quarter with a drive that started with an interception by Tyler Barnett and ended when Kolb tossed a pass 21 yards for Ben Powell for the final touchdown.
But the game was far from over. With 10 minutes to go in the fourth quarter, La Conner drove to the Timberwolves’ 18-yard line, only to turn the ball over on downs.
However, they got the ball right back after Morton-White Pass tailback Brian Reynolds fumbled the ball at the 18-yard line, which was then picked up by Wil James for another La Conner possession.
But that La Conner drive ended with an interception by Sean Hulbert.
Morton-White Pass will play either Lind-Ritzville-Sprague or Waitsburg-Prescott for the 2B title next weekend.