Shockers end season with win

The Shockers closed out the season with a win over Northport on Nov. 2. (Empire Press photo/James Robinson)

 

By James Robinson
Empire Press Correspondent

Empire Press photo/James Robinson
Waterville/Mansfield on the defense against Northport.

It was a good night of football and a satisfying end to the season for Waterville/Mansfield as the Shockers easily topped the Northport Mustangs, 52-6, in a home non-conference crossover game on Nov. 2.

Northport, near the Canadian border, is about 190 miles northeast of Waterville. The Mustangs also play 8-man football and are part of the 1B Northeast-North League.

The Shockers scored seven touchdowns and were successful on five of the seven 2-point conversions. They got off to an early lead, 8-0, in the first quarter, adding 20 points in the second quarter, 16 in the third and 8 in the fourth. The Mustangs scored their only touchdown in the second quarter and were unsuccessful on the 2-point conversion.

In running statistics for Waterville/Mansfield, Braylen Bromiley had 12 runs for 134 yards and one touchdown; Thomas Moser, 12 runs for 121 yards and two touchdowns; Payton Mulanax, 2 runs for -6 yards; Jordan Draper, 4 runs for 65 yards and one touchdown; Colin Poppie, 2 runs for 11 yards and one touchdown; Cody Deshazer, 1 run for 6 yards and one touchdown; Evan Simmons, 2 runs for 18 yards; and Braydon Murison, 1 run for 7 yards and one touchdown.

The Shockers passing game was not used as much, as their running game was producing great success. Yet, sophomore quarterback Evan Simmons threw for two of the seven touchdowns — one in the second quarter to senior running back Jordan Draper, and the other in the third quarter to junior offensive end Payton Mulanax.

The Mustangs were a younger team than the Shockers, having two eighth-graders playing to make a full squad. The Mustangs had a total of 167 running yards. They attempted five passes, three were incomplete and two were intercepted by the Shockers.

Waterville/Mansfield closed out the season 0-7 in Central Washington 1B standings. Odessa-Harrington claimed the league championship.

“It was not a winning year but the boys learned a lot and played well,” said Shocker head coach Mike Gray. “I always say ‘a good game is when no one gets hurt other than bumps and bruises.’”