Other games: Mezistrano powers Newport to victory
Newport junior Brandon Mezistrano scored three touchdowns and picked off a pass last night.
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TACOMA — Newport junior Brandon Mezistrano scored three touchdowns and picked off a pass last night.
But none of those plays will lead the highlight reel from last night's 53-21 romp over Sehome in the second game of Touchdown Time II at the Tacoma Dome.
Mezistrano made up for his own bobble with an electrifying, 75-yard punt return, setting up a first-quarter touchdown that sent the Knights on their way to a 26-0 first-half lead.
Newport dominated on the ground with its Wing-T attack, piling up 422 yards on 54 carries and getting rushing touchdowns from six different players.
"The offensive line did an amazing job of staying with their blocks and making the holes," said Mezistrano, who had 65 yards on nine carries. "We didn't really get stuffed at all."
The Knights (1-1) opened the season last week with a 20-7 loss to Burlington-Edison by slowing themselves with turnovers.
The Mariners of Bellingham dropped to 0-2.
Newport's ground game was so efficient that the Knights, who turned the ball over once, lined up in punt formation just once. And when they did, sophomore blocking back Collin Bennett stepped in front of the snap and rumbled untouched 60 yards for another touchdown on the fake.
With Newport leading 7-0, Mezistrano initially bobbled a Sehome punt, which rolled all the way back to his 5-yard line before he tracked it down. He then brought a roar from the crowd with a zig-zagging, cutback run that covered the width of the field twice and felt like "150 or 200 yards" before ending at the Sehome 20-yard line.
"I just misjudged it. I never played in a dome before," Mezistrano said. "I kept going back and forth and my blockers just kept crushing guys. But I finally ran out of gas."
Three plays later, he was handed the ball for an 8-yard touchdown sweep around left end, the first of his three rushing scores.
Bennett scored twice and led a balanced rushing game with 95 yards on nine carries. Brock Olesen, Phil Gousman, Blake Gibbs and Teddy Jachim added touchdowns for the Knights.
"I'm a racing fan," Newport coach Mike Miller said, "and we were running on all cylinders tonight."
Sehome quarterback Kai Hatch completed 9 of 19 passes for 152 yards and a 19-yard touchdown to Mark Rohrbacher.
Orting 49, Graham-Kapowsin 7
At the Tacoma Dome, Justin Hill recovered two fumbles and threw a touchdown pass as the Cardinals blasted the Eagles. B.J. Garcia, Joe Halahuni and Adam Robinett each scored twice as Orting, a Class 2A school from the Nisqually League, improved to 2-0. Graham-Kapowsin, a new school with a roster of juniors and sophomores, fell to 1-1.
Auburn Riverside 59, at Bremerton 6
Auburn Riverside, playing on a short field much of the night, rolled to a 38-0 halftime lead in a nonleague rout. The Ravens (1-1) held Bremerton (0-2) to four rushing yards and 96 total yards. Wide receiver/free safety Danny Allen caught a touchdown pass, returned a fumble 3 yards for a score and had a 70-yard interception return for an Auburn Riverside TD.
At Friday Harbor 48, Highline 0
The Class 1A Wolverines handed the Pirates a shutout loss, the 22nd in a row for Highline. The Pirates lost a heartbreaker in their season opener last week, 18-13 to Granite Falls.
Franklin Pierce 33, Hazen 14
At Renton Stadium, Lawrence Woods scampered 96 yards for the clinching Franklin Pierce touchdown moments after Hazen fumbled near the Cardinals' goal line in the fourth quarter. The Highlanders (0-2) led 14-7 after Nelson Washington's 63-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, but Franklin Pierce (2-0) rallied behind quarterback Damian Foran, who completed 10 of 16 passes for 150 yards and three TDs.
At Fife 31, Evergreen 7
The Trojans held the Wolverines to 23 total yards in the first half, and junior running back Sonny Ammoealogo carried 14 times for 101 yards and touchdowns of 6 and 16 yards in a nonleague game between Seamount League teams. Fife outgained Evergreen 322 yards to 150 for the game. Fife led 21-0 after a first quarter that featured Charles Schmick's 46-yard interception return for a score and Tyler Cardon's 60-yard punt return for a TD.
Lakes 55, Mount Rainier 7
At Harry Lang Stadium in Tacoma, the sixth-ranked Lancers (2-0) got three touchdowns and 106 yards on only five carries from Craig Garner in a nonleague romp. Brandon Prater added 101 yards on five carries for Lakes.
At King's 27,
Cascade (Leavenworth) 13
Junior running back Spencer Clark rushed for 267 yards on 26 carries and scored all four King's touchdowns. The Knights (2-0) forced five turnovers and turned two into scores. King's safety Andrew Lutton intercepted two passes and Sean Webb recovered two fumbles. Alex Newman led the Knights defense with 20 tackles, five solo.
Cashmere 48, at Sultan 6
A big, physical Cashmere team pummeled the Turks (1-1), who were hurt by mistakes and dropped passes. Jordan Davison got the only Sultan touchdown on a 7-yard run in the fourth quarter. Jamie Stansfield ran for two TDs and caught a pass for another for Cashmere.
Mount Si 70, at Cedarcrest 0
The Wildcats (2-0) overwhelmed the Red Wolves in the battle for the Snoqualmie Valley Cup. Brandon Yakaboski ran 13 times for 146 yards and two touchdowns for Mount Si. Eric Forslin had TD runs of 23 and 32 yards and returned a fumble 22 yards for a score.
At Anacortes 26, Mercer Island 14
Owen Forsman threw two TD passes for Anacortes in a nonleague win over the Islanders (1-1), who lost quarterback Joe Fronk to an injury in the third quarter. Jeremy Spektor caught a 22-yard pass from Fronk for a first-quarter score and Timothy Wettack added a fourth-quarter TD run for Mercer Island, which trailed 26-7 through three quarters.
Bonney Lake 27, Klahowya 12
At Silverdale Stadium, Garry Kuykendall carried 29 times for 223 yards and three touchdowns as the Panthers (1-1) got the first victory in school history by beating the 2A Eagles. Bonney Lake led 13-12 going into the fourth quarter, but Jeremy Wik ran 4 yards for a touchdown and Kuykendall added his third score from 39 yards.
Interlake 13, at Wapato 7
Scott Galland caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from J.D. Schultz with 3:30 remaining, capping a nine-play drive and snapping a 7-7 tie as the Saints (2-0) earned a hard-fought nonleague win on the road. Wapato reached the Interlake 45-yard line with 45 seconds left before being stopped on downs. Galland broke a 60-yard run for Interlake's first TD.