Waterville/Mansfield loses to Almira/Coulee-Hartline

The Waterville/Mansfield offense drives against Almira/Coulee-Hartline. (Joel Harding photo)

The Waterville/Mansfield offense drives against Almira/Coulee-Hartline. (Joel Harding photo)

 

By Joel Harding
Empire Press Correspondent

The Shockers made their way to the field at Coulee City Oct. 23 and came away on the short end of a 70-14 score. The quicker Warriors managed to take advantage of Waterville/Mansfield fumbles and intercepted passes to lead the game at halftime by a score of 54-6.

The Shockers crossed the goal for the first time in the second quarter. The drive began well back in Waterville/Mansfield territory. On the first three plays, Dillon McCullough ran the ball for a couple of first downs, moving the Shockers close to the 50-yard line. After a loss of two yards, Nolan Ruud passed the ball to Lakin Thomsen for a first down. A bad snap lost the Shockers a few yards, but Ruud hit Will Osborne with a 20-yard strike, then passed to Thomsen for 10 more. After misdirecting the Warriors with a couple of runs by McCullough, Ruud dropped a nice 25-yard pass into the hands of Johnny Mullen and the Shockers were on the scoreboard for the first time in the game. The conversion was unsuccessful.

Not long after the second half began, Joe Dahlke got the Shockers going when he recovered an onside kick. As Waterville/Mansfield marched toward the goal line, McCullough broke away twice for 20-yard scampers. Ruud then passed to Thomsen to get the Shockers into the red zone. A run was stopped at the line of scrimmage and on the following play McCullough carried it across the goal for six more points. Ruud passed to Thomsen for a successful conversion.

The younger players for both teams played part of the third quarter and all of the fourth quarter. Several notable gains in this part of the game were a 20-yard kickoff return by Braylon Bromiley and a long run by Ben Garnica. Both Alex Capi and Osborne made good defensive plays as well. Capi and Dahlke did well with kickoffs and punting, respectively.

Waterville/Mansfield will host the Yakama Tribal team in Waterville for their final home game and senior night Oct. 30. They will travel to Liberty Bell to close the season Nov. 6.

 

Angel Lucero (22) moves in to tackle an Almira/Coulee-Hartline runner. (Joel Harding photo)

Angel Lucero (22) moves in to tackle an Almira/Coulee-Hartline runner. (Joel Harding photo)

 

The Shockers warm up before the game at Almira/Coulee-Hartline. (Joel Harding photo)

The Shockers warm up before the game at Almira/Coulee-Hartline. (Joel Harding photo)