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Tag: Montesano


1A Football Semifinal: Cascade Christian beats Montesano in triple-OT

By Tyler Hemstreet
Contributing writer

With a fourth straight appearance in the Class 1A football state finals on the line, Cascade Christian coach Randy Davis knew exactly who to turn to.

After all, the Cougars don’t call Jake Archer “Mr. Clutch” for nothing.

The senior receiver hauled in a pass from quarterback Jaelin Goldsmith on a two-point conversion to lift the fifth-ranked Cougars to a thrilling 29-28 victory in triple-overtime over second-ranked Montesano in the semifinals Saturday at the Tacoma Dome.

Cascade Christian (10-2) will play No. 2 Connell for the third year in a row in the title game, set for 1 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Tacoma Dome. Cascade Christian defeated the Eagles last season, while Connell won in 2009.

“On that last play, I told Jaelin if Jake is even close to being open, you get it to him,” Davis said.

Archer went in motion before the snap and settled near the center of the end zone. Rolling to his right, Goldsmith floated in a near-perfect pass.
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Football: Saturday semifinals live chats from the Tacoma Dome

We’ll be live-chatting throughout Saturday for the four semifinals at the Tacoma Dome. Join us to talk about the games, players and potential championship matchups.

Here’s the game schedule:
10 a.m. — Class 2A: Lynden vs. W.F. West
1 p.m. — Class 4A: Woodinville vs. Skyline
4 p.m. — Class 1A: Cascade Christian vs. Montesano
7 p.m. — Class 4A: Skyview vs. Lake Stevens

Here’s our football coverage in today’s paper:

Game preview on Cascade Christian-Montesano

Game story on O’Dea’s 21-13 win over Camas — O’Dea controlled the ball for 13

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Football: Semifinal preview capsules


No. 5 Camas (11-1) vs. No. 3 O’Dea (12-0), 7 p.m.
The Papermakers have reached the semifinals for the first time in school history and run up against an O’Dea squad that is back at the Tacoma Dome for the first time since reaching the Class 3A finals in 2007. Camas’ defense has been lights out, holding nine opponents to six points or less and only one team – Class 4A semifinalist Skyview – has scored more than 14. Combine that with a balanced offense – QB Tony Gennaro has thrown for 2,335 yards, 30 TDs and 7 interceptions, and RB Zach Marshall has rushed for 1,052 yards and 15 TDs – and Camas will be tough to beat. O’Dea slipped past Capital last week, winning 19-16 in triple-overtime. Tatum Taylor can outrun even the fastest of football players – his 97-yard punt return for a touchdown against Capital was proof of that – and is a game-changer.
TNT pick: Camas 31, O’Dea 21

No. 4 Morton/White Pass (10-1) vs. No. 5 Napavine (11-1), 4 p.m.
Lowdown: Morton/White Pass jumped out to a quick lead against Adna last week in the quarterfinals and lets it dominant defense take over, holding on to win 13-12. MWP has posted eight shutouts and only one team has scored more than 13 points against it. Napavine beat MWP 14-7 in Week 3. Napavine returns to the semifinals for the first time since it claimed the Class 2B state title in 2008. The Tigers intercepted four passes in the first half of a 25-22 win over Tacoma Baptist in the quarterfinals. Tucker Stanley powers Napavine’s rushing attack
TNT pick: MWP 22, Napavine 16


No. 2 Woodinville (12-0) vs. Skyline (9-3), 1 p.m.
Lowdown: Woodinville just keeps winning, and the KingCo champion Falcons are doing it with defense. No team has scored more than 17 points against Woodinville and only four have topped 10 points. Woodinville held high-scoring Bethel to just a touchdown two weeks ago and Union mustered nine in a 21-9 loss in the quarterfinals. DE Sawyer Whalen and RB Alec Schwend were KingCo Crown Division defensive and offensive players of the year. Since falling to Eastlake in Week 8, the Spartans have reeled off four straight wins. Skyline dropped out of the Class 4A rankings earlier this season for the first time in school history, but the Spartans are battle-tested and have plenty of experience playing in the dome, having won three state titles in the past four seasons.
TNT pick: Skyline 24, Woodinville 20
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Football: Complete look at Week 10 state play-in matchups

Below, you will find Week 10 state play-in matchups for Class 4A, Class 3A, Class 2A and Class 1A. We’ve also got Class 2B matchups, courtesy of Chad Dinkins from

I’ll update this post throughout the weekend. By Saturday evening, we should have complete look at the Week 10 state play-in round games.

Game times, dates are TBA unless noted

*Winners of odd numbered games will advance to play at winners of even-numbered games in first round of state playoffs. For instance, if Union wins Game 1, it could play at Kentlake, possible winner of Game 2, in the first round of the state playoffs.
**Teams locked into seeds are bolded.

GAME 1: SPSL North No. 3 Tahoma at GSHL No. 2 Union (winner is placed on state bracket as District 4 No. 2), 7 p.m. Friday

GAME 2: WESCO No. 4 Mariner at SPSL North No. 1 Kentlake (winner is placed on state bracket as District 3 No. 2), 7:30 p.m. Friday

GAME 3: KingCo No. 4 Bothell at SPSL South No. 2 Bethel (winner is placed on state bracket as District 3 No. 4), 7:30 p.m. Friday

GAME 4: SPSL No. 5 Curtis at KingCo No. 1 Woodinville (winner played on bracket at District 2 No. 1), 7 p.m. Saturday at Pop Keeney
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Football: Montesano HS, CWU grad shines in CFL

Adam Bighill, a graduate of Montesano High School — halfway between Olympia and the coast — and Central Washington University, is making a name for himself as a linebacker for the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League.

Here’s an excerpt from a feature on Bighill in the Vancouver Sun:

The Lions who gathered for training camp in Kamloops this year quickly learned that the Division II tag was a misleading label. From the start, Bighill was a white flash eager for a great collision.

Veteran defenders grew to appreciate the cut of his jib.

“We call him The

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What team boasts the best defense in the state?

Folks can argue that there are better defenses in the state than the unit that Class 1A Montesano rolls out onto the field every week. And they’d be right. But there is no arguing that the Bulldogs have dominated their competition better than any other team in the state, at any classification.

Montesano has not allowed any points this season. The top-ranked Bulldogs have posted seven straight shuouts, outscoring the opposition 315-0.

“After not giving up a point so far into the season, I think it’s in the back of the players’ minds now,” Bulldogs coach Terry Jensen said. “It’s not something we spend time talking about, but it’s out there.”

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