|Thursday||Oct 21st||2016||3A Pierce County||Boys||Football|
Abes Clinch League Title Against Panthers in Rematch
By Steve Dion
With one game remaining in the regular season, league titles are being locked up and the playoff seeding is in full effect. Friday night’s Pierce County League contest between the Lincoln Abes and Bonney Lake Panthers carried heavy conference championship implications. Bonney Lake beat Lincoln last season to win the conference, could Lincoln return the favor?
The Abes quickly moved the ball into scoring territory on the opening drive, but numerous penalties halted their progress and forced them to hand the ball to the Panthers. Bonney Lake tried to establish their run game through feeding tailback Jason Day time after time. Lincoln’s defense held their ground and prevented big gains.
As the half wore on, the Abes continued to shoot themselves in the foot with costly penalties and untimely turnovers to prevent them from picking up points. Tristian Kwon lit a spark for Lincoln with big gains that let the Panthers know they would need to pack some punch sooner than later. BL’s inability to sustain drives was their Achilles heel in the first half. The halftime scoreboard read 0-0.
When play resumed, Bonney Lake finally put together a scoring drive which included a pass from Kaeden Hammond to Day out of the backfield and a pass interference penalty. Tate Hamlett buried a 28 yard field goal for the first points of the game. Could Lincoln counter?
A failed drive turned the ball back to the Panthers, but Lincoln struck in a big way when Teshawn Seu took an interception 90 yards to the house for the lead.
Shortly thereafter, the Abes piled on with a 60 yard run by quarterback Joey Sinclair.
The Panthers simply could not recoil from the momentum swing and the damage was done for both sides. With the win and a loss by Stadium, the Lincoln Abes are winners of the 2016 Pierce County League title.
The Final Score:
Lincoln 14, Bonney Lake 3.
Teshawn Seu- 90 yard interception return for TD
WASHINGTON STATE RANKINGS WEEK #3
|3A||LIVE 5!||Football||Week #3|
|3A||IN THE HUNT||Football||Week #3|
|3A||ON THE BUBBLE||Football||Week #3|
|-||Bonney Lake||Pierce Country||2-1|
|-||Mount Tahoma||Pierce County||2-1|
WASHINGTON STATE RANKINGS WEEK #1
|3A||LIVE 5!||Football||Week #1|
|3A||IN THE HUNT||Football||Week #1|
|6||Mountain View||Greater St. Helens||1-0|
|10||Gig Harbor||South Sound||0-1|
|3A||ON THE BUBBLE||Football||Week #1|
|-||Bonney Lake||Pierce County||0-1|
4A State Girls Basketball Rankings
By Steve Dion
As league play is in its final weeks and the playoffs are on the horizon, here at the top ten rankings for the 3A girls classification!
1) Lynnwood: 15-0 (7-0)
This Royals team is having a season that will be remembered for years to come.
2) Bellevue: 14-0 (9-0)
Winning the Tournament of Champions in Arizona as part of an undefeated record shows the Wolverines are firing on all cylinders.
3) Bishop Blanchet: 16-0 (11-0)
If the Braves stay healthy down the stretch, the sky is the limit.
4) West Seattle: 16-0 (11-0)
Will host what appears to be the Metro League title tomorrow against Blanchet
5) Arlington: 15-0 (5-0)
Haven’t faltered every time a tough opponent has tried to compromise the Eagles unblemished record!
6) Auburn-Riverside: 16-0 (10-0)
Rare to call a 16-0 a team a “sleeper”, but this year the Ravens are
7) Lincoln: 15-1 (10-0)
The Abes edged rival Wilson by a pair to determine South Sound dominance
8) Wilson: 13-3 (9-1)
The Rams have put together one of the toughest schedules, and the three losses were by a combined 9 points.
9) Mercer Island: 12-2 (6-1)
Don’t forget about the Islanders that are in Bellevue’s rearview mirror.
10) Glacier Peak: 12-4 (6-2)
Can run with the best, but are slightly outmatched by powerhouses like Lynnwood
On the Bubble
Cru Rolls Past Bonney Lake, Advances to Semis
By Steve Dion
Jeremy Thielbahr’s defending 3A champion Crusaders has looked the part of a team poised to defend their crown all season long. Eastside Catholic entered Friday three wins away from a repeat, but to advance to the semifinal round had a date with Bonney Lake. The 7-4 Panthers were fresh off a head-turning win against Lincoln last week and hungry for more. Coach Jason Silbaugh would get a crack at the state’s best with his team peaking in November.
The opening kickoff was taken 86 yards to the endzone by Eastside’s Brandon Wellington, but an illegal block in the back penalty negated the big play and gave the Panthers an early sigh of relief. The methodical Cru offense eventually punched the opening drive into the endzone on a 33 yard reception by Matt Laris on 4th and 14. The point after sailed wide right and the scoreboard read 6-0 early. Bonney Lake did what few teams do which is return the favor. A run-heavy drive was capped off with a 23 yard touchdown by Ethen Koepke on a screen pass by Dane Wagner in which several EC defenders were staved off en route to the goal line. The Panthers grabbed gained the lead. The Crusaders regained their composure and another drive highlighted by several Laris catches resulted in a 2-yard quarterback sneak by Harley Kirsch. Bonney Lake did not respond this time or any other drive for the remainder of the contest. A fumble at midfield in the second quarter was capitalized on by Eastside Catholic on a Tyler Folkes rushing touchdown and a dagger in the final moments of the first half; a 23 yard receiving touchdown by the always dangerous Devon Arbis-Jackson.
A 28-7 deficit against the Crusaders is a tall task to overcome and the Panthers were not able to climb back into this one. The implementation of a wildcat offense by Bonney Lake to start the 3rd quarter was effective in moving the chains early, but the direct snaps to Jason Day did not equate to points. The relentless ECHS offense recorded another pair of touchdowns in the third frame to put the game out of reach. The 47-7 final score was not fully indicative of the battle Bonney Lake waged in this contest. The Panther defense’s inability to hold the Cru on 3rd and 4th down was the difference maker in this one. Eastside Catholic advances to face the winner of Kennewick and Lakes. Bonney Lake’s 2015 campaign comes to an end.
The Final Score:
Eastside Catholic 47, Bonney Lake 7
Harley Kirsch – 2 passing TDs (23, 33) 1 rushing TD (2)
Devon Arbis Jackson – 2 rec TDs (23, 36)
Tyler Folkes – 2 rush TDs (2, 39)
Ethen Koepke – 27 yard rec TD
|Federal Way Memorial Stadium||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
Bonney Lake’s Second Half Surge Prevails Over Decatur
By Steven Dion
Momentum is a powerful force that can build quickly in sports; the visiting Bonney Lake Panthers proved this to be true Thursday night at Federal Way Memorial Stadium against the Fighting Gators of Decatur. The home team got on the scoreboard early with a 69 yard strike from one Isaiah to another: Hatch to Diggs. The junior quarterback looked comfortable in the pocket early and was able to make big plays through scrambling. Hatch found Josiah Goulding for another first quarter score. The second quarter featured a spectacular interception by BL’s Dillon Jordan and a touchdown for the Panthers. Isaiah Weed connected with Jordan from 23 yards out. First half field possession was controlled by Decatur and they appeared to be poised for a win and 24 minutes away from doing so.
Panther head coach Jason Silbaugh must have had a scintillating halftime speech because his Bonney Lake team came out swinging in the second half. The opening kickoff in the third was returned 85 yards for a touchdown by Robert Combs. Just over a minute later, Combs found the end zone on a 59 yard bubble screen pass by Weed. The Panther defensive unit responded to the offensive surge by shutting down the Gator attack. Their front seven contained nicely by eliminating big gains by Diggs. Cameron Goenner of the Panthers even blocked two punts, one for a safety. Bonney Lake scored 31 unanswered points in the third quarter! The fourth quarter was rather uneventful, as the game had gotten away from Decatur. A bright spot for the Gators was a 60 yard run by Diggs for the score with 4 seconds remaining. Football typically requires a full four quarters to win, but for the Panthers tonight, they captured lighting in a bottle in one.
Robert Combs 4 TDs (85 yard KO return, 59 yard reception, 6 yard reception, 10 yard run)
Isaiah Diggs 2 TDs (69 yard reception, 60 yard run)