Shockers overwhelm Yakama Nation again, 60-14

By Joel Harding

The Waterville football team traveled to Yakama Nation Tribal School in Toppenish Nov. 1. They emerged the victors as they had in the homecoming game against the same team at Kellen Biggar Field in October. The Shockers piled up an insurmountable lead in the first quarter and the outcome was never in doubt. Substitutes played most of the game for Waterville, with the eighth-grade linemen playing the entire second half. The “real game” experience is valuable for Waterville’s younger players.

CJ Wall got the team going on the first play from scrimmage with a 69-yard touchdown. He also scooped up two fumbles and took them into the end zone for a three-touchdown afternoon. Also in the first quarter, Wyatt Mires caught a pass and ran it 54 yards for a score. The play was called back because of a penalty. A very similar play was called on the next down, with Mires again the receiver. Mires cruised the 54 yards for six points, but this touchdown went on the scoreboard. Although the Shockers like to be at their opponent’s field with lots of time to warm up, they arrived in Toppenish less than a half-hour before game time. They did a few jumping-jacks and toe-touches, then got right down to business. The result was Wall’s long touchdown run on the first play.

“Earlier in the season, being late would have caused us some difficulty,” said coach Tayn Kendrick. “Now,” he said, “we just go do what we need to do.”

Tanner Marden was the workhorse for the Shocker offense, with 61 yards on five carries. Colin Pate also turned a single 30-yard run into a touchdown. Running back Tyler Tollackson broke loose for a surprising 60-yard touchdown late in the game. He usually plays defense for the Shockers. Nolan Ruud passed the ball for an enormous 512-yard total for the game. He also picked up a Yakama Nation fumble and ran it into the end zone.