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Originally published October 16, 2009 at 10:33 PM | Page modified October 17, 2009 at 12:31 AM

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Enumclaw edges Bonney Lake, 32-27

They survived the first-quarter storm, one filled with a deluge of rain and heavy doses of Tyler Babukus. Once the skies dried up, the Enumclaw...

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ENUMCLAW — They survived the first-quarter storm, one filled with a deluge of rain and heavy doses of Tyler Babukus.

Once the skies dried up, the Enumclaw Hornets poured it on to take a 32-27 victory over Bonney Lake in a key South Puget Sound League 3A showdown Friday night at Pete's Pool.

It didn't look promising for the Hornets after Bonney Lake broke to a 20-0 lead in the first quarter on three long Babukus touchdowns. But Enumclaw didn't panic.

"We just had to play our football," said Hornets quarterback Riley Carel, who engineered the comeback with three touchdown passes. "It doesn't matter what the score is. We just have to play how we play and do what we do, and eventually the score will even itself out."

Andrew Gamblin rushed for 146 yards on 24 carries and the Enumclaw defense dominated the middle quarters as the Hornets (5-1, 6-1) improved their playoff prospects. Bonney Lake dropped to 3-3 in league play, 4-3 overall.

Babukus returned the opening kickoff 84 yards. The Hornets fumbled three plays later at their own 26, and Babukus scored on the next handoff. It was 14-0 less than two minutes into the game. An interception and fake punt set up Babukus' next score, a 48-yard spring.

But it was all Enumclaw in the second period. The Hornets got on the board with a 14-yard TD pass from Carel to Tyler Carlson. After forcing a Bonney Lake punt, Enumclaw drove 76 yards for another score as Carel hit Coleman Clyde with a 17-yard strike.

After Enumclaw got the ball back on a Clyde interception, it scored four plays later when Andrew Gamblin fumbled into the end zone at the end of a 15-yard run and Kevin Knapp came up with the recovery. The conversion kick hit the crossbar, leaving the score tied 20-20.

The Hornets had a chance to go ahead late in the half, reaching the 4-yard line, but a 17-yard sack squashed the opportunity. They took the lead on Carel's 37-yard TD pass to Trenton Disque in the third period and stretched it to 32-20 with 1:25 left in the game.

Bonney Lake got on the board again with 1:04 to play, but failed to recover the onside kick.

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