Soap Lake beats Waterville 45-14

The Waterville offensive line gets ready to attack the Soap Lake defense. (Joel Harding photo)

The Waterville offensive line gets ready to attack the Soap Lake defense. (Joel Harding photo)

 

By Joel Harding
Empire Press Correspondent

The Shockers met up with a big, strong bunch of Soap Lake Eagles at Kellen Biggar Field on Friday, Sept. 11. The hometown boys came out on the short end of the score. The Eagles had originally asked that the game be played with 11 men per side but decided on an eight man format just before the game began. The number of players didn’t seem to make a big difference since Soap Lake struck hard and quick, leading at the half by a score of 33-0.

Early in the third period, the Shockers responded to an Eagle touchdown with a drive of their own. Zane Salcido led the charge with a series of runs into the Soap Lake line, picking up seven or eight yards each time he touched the ball. Dillon McCullough contributed his part with several five yard blasts into the Eagle secondary. Salcido then ripped off a 25 yard scamper to the Soap Lake 10 yard line. He carried for another five yards, then tailback Nolan Ruud turned the left corner of the Eagle defense and scored a touchdown for Waterville. Ruud hit tight end Lakin Thomsen with a pass for the conversion. The Shockers knocked on the door several more times in the third quarter, but were unable to score.

In the fourth quarter, both teams had their younger players on the field. While the Eagles still had the ball, Angel Lucero stopped the Soap Lake tailback behind the line of scrimmage and the ball went to Waterville on downs. Lucero, the tailback, handed off first to Braylon Bromiley, who picked up six yards. Bromiley repeated the effort with a similar carry. After an illegal motion penalty against the Shockers, Cole Koenig flew past the Eagles for a 15 yard pick up and then ran for six yards more. A tailback option by Lucero yielded only a yard. But on that play a Soap Lake tackler made helmet-to-helmet contact with Lucero and a 15 yard penalty was assessed against the Eagles. Ben Garnica picked up four yards, then Lucero threw an incomplete pass. On the next play Garnica squirted into the end zone for the final Shocker score. The conversion failed.

Waterville will make the long trek to Selkirk High School in Metaline Falls on Sept. 18. The Rangers have beaten Pateros and Columbia High Schools this season, so it will be a tough contest for Waterville. The Shockers will play the Pateros Billygoats at home on Sept. 23.

 

The Waterville cheerleaders get the fans going in the game against Soap Lake. (Joel Harding photo)

The Waterville cheerleaders get the fans going in the game against Soap Lake. (Joel Harding photo)

 

Coach Tayn Kendrick talks with the Shocker offense against Soap Lake. (Joel Harding photo)

Coach Tayn Kendrick talks with the Shocker offense against Soap Lake. (Joel Harding photo)