High School Football
After Tyler Tubbs hit Kaleb Bates on a five yard touchdown pass with 1:29 left to play, the Shelton special teams came up huge with a blocked PAT and the Highclimbers held on to a 28-27 win over league leading Central Kitsap at Highclimbers Stadium.
Colton Paller scored three touchdowns in the first half for the Highclimbers including a 30 yard touchdown with 3:48 left in the first quarter. He added runs of five and six yards in the second quarter and Shelton built a 21-7 lead.
The Cougars cut the lead to 21-14 after a pair of Climbers penalties kept the final drive of the first half alive. Tubbs threw his second touchdown of the first half with 39 seconds left, when Bates spun off a pair of Shelton tacklers and sprinted into the end zone for a 23 yard touchdown reception.
After a scoreless third quarter, junior quarterback Tyler Giraldes extended the Shelton lead to 28-14 with a 23 yard strike to Marshall McCullough and everything seemed to be coming up Highclimbers when Skylar Ross picked off his second pass of the game mid way through the fourth quarter.
But on the next play, the Central Kitsap defense recovered a fumble on the 13 yard line and four plays later, Isaiah McGee plowed in from one yard out to get the Cougars within seven points, 28-21.
After a three and out, Tubbs hit Alika Sorano for an 18 yard gain followed by a 22 yard rumble by McGee to give the Cougars a first down and goal. Shelton stuffed McGee on two straight runs and forced Tubbs to throw an incompletion on third down before Tubbs found Bates on a quick slant for the five yard touchdown that got them to within a point.
Shelton blocked the extra point, Central Kitsap kicked the onside kick out of bounds and Giraldes took a knee three times to preserve the 28-27 win and knock the Cougars out of the ranks of the unbeatens in the 3A Narrows League. The Highclimbers improved to 2-2 in league play and 3-3 overall while Central Kitsap fell to 3-1 in the Narrows and 3-3 overall.
Paller rushed for 88 yards and three touchdowns and Willy Ruiz added 102 yards on the ground. Giraldes wasn’t asked to do a lot and was very efficient passing for 102 yards and a touchdown.
Tubbs passed for 196 yards and three touchdowns for the Cougars.
Shelton will face North Thurston, who are also 2-2 in the 3A Narrows, on Thursday night at South Sound Stadium at 7:00 PM. Central Kitsap gets a visit from the #3 team in the state, Lincoln, at 5:00 PM on Friday.
In other action…
Olympia 44, Stadium 6 | Bears 6-0, face Gig Harbor next week.
Wilson 17, Capital 16
Lincoln 41, North Thurston 0
Black Hills 41, Port Angeles 0 | Christian Williams, 4 TD passes.
Tumwater 49, Centralia 0 | Barret, Trakel, Jones with 2 TDs apiece.
River Ridge 48, Washington 34 | Hawks remain unbeaten at 6-0.
Rochester 25, Eatonville 22 | Tiki Hickle with a 95 yard INT TD in 4th Quarter
Tenino 38, Aberdeen 7
by Brandon Sparks, olysports.com