Climbers Run Past Rams For 38-21 Win
Colton Paller ran for 212 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Shelton Highclimbers to a 38-21 win over North Thurston on Thursday night in Lacey. Paller has rushed for seven touchdowns in the last two games to lead the Highclimbers to a 3-2 record in the 3A Narrows League, half a game behind Wilson and Central Kitsap, who both play on Friday night.
Shelton dominated the first quarter and a good portion of the second quarter building a 21-0 lead on a 16 yard touchdown run, a 14 yard touchdown run and an incredible 93 yard touchdown sprint by Paller.
The Highclimbers gained 232 yards in the first half but only took a seven point lead into the break after Rams quarterback Jake Harn completed four passes of 20 yards or more in the last six minutes of the half. He hit Brandon Morgan for a 28 yard touchdown at the 2:55 mark and then threw a 20 yard strike to Devin Santos that got them down to the one. Quentas Ward punched it in from a yard out with seven second left in the first half to cut the Highclimbers lead to 21-14 at the half.
Following a 32 yard field goal by Cody Bragg, Shelton extended their lead after quarterback Tyler Giraldes found Kyle Kimball on a slant pattern that he worked into a 40 yard gain and Paller did the rest covering the final ten yards in two plays for his fourth touchdown of the game and a 31-14 lead for the Highclimbers.
Harn found Santos for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to get to within 10 points, but Shelton strung together a 10 play drive capped off by a Giraldes sneak for a one yard touchdown and a 38-21 lead that would stand up over the final four minutes of the game.
The 38 points was the most points scored by Shelton since they beat Mount Tahoma 42-0 on October 25th, 2013.
Harn threw for 251 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.
The Highclimbers improved to 4-3 overall and 3-2 in the 3A Narrows. Wilson and Central Kitsap are both 3-1 and tied for second place in the league but neither of them have played Lincoln yet with Central Kitsap facing the Abes on Friday and Wilson facing them one week later.
by Brandon Sparks, olysports.com