Football Roundup: Third place slips away to Aberdeen, will play in tie-breaker at Kansas

Aberdeen finds itself in a familiar situation after missing out on a chance to lock up the No. 3 seed in the 2A Evergreen Conference on Friday.

The Bobcats suffered a 41-34 loss to Shelton at Shelton High School, snapping a three-way tie for third place in the 2A Evergreen Conference for the third time in the last four seasons.

Aberdeen is scheduled to play a Kansas tie-breaker against Shelton and Black Hills to determine the No. 3 and No. 4 playoff seeds, with the loser eliminated from postseason contention.

On Friday, Aberdeen fell behind 13-0 before senior running back Jeremy Sawyer scored on a 1-yard run to cut the deficit to six points late in the first quarter.

Aberdeen (4-5 overall, 3-3 2A Evergreen) trailed by two scores again when quarterback Mason Goos bowed back to junior linebacker Anthony Sanchelli for an 18-yard touchdown on a rare screen play.

The Bobcats answered with Sawyer’s second rushing touchdown of the game, this one from 8 yards out, to trail 20-13, but the Highclimbers (5-4, 3-3) scored just before halftime on a fumble by quarterback Mason Goos. receiver Dante Trikoff from 10 yards.

Leading 27-13 at halftime, Shelton extended its lead when Goos – who was 19-for-26 for 264 yards in the game – connected with receiver Gabriel Menefee for a 32-yard touchdown and a 34-13 lead.

Aberdeen junior running back Aidan Watkins scored on an 8-yard run to close out the third quarter with the Bobcats down 34-20.

Eleton opened the fourth quarter with an 8-yard TD run to give the Highclimbers a 41-20 lead.

Aberdeen then rallied to within seven points with fourth-quarter touchdown runs by senior running back Trey Anderson — from 8 yards out — and senior quarterback Kale Goings from three yards out.

Trailing 41-34, Aberdeen’s defense held and Shelton’s missed field goal attempt gave the Bobcats the ball at their own 19-yard line with less than a minute left in the game.

The Bobcats offense moved the ball to midfield but time expired as the Bobcats fell 41-34.

Aberdeen rushed for 236 yards led by Sawyer (17 carries, 90 yards) and Watkins (7-84).

The loss means the Bobcats will have to do so via a tie-breaker at Kansas for the third time in four seasons under head coach Todd Bridge if they are to make the playoffs.

Aberdeen is well versed in the college overtime style and tiebreaker format, having reached the playoffs via ties at Kansas in its previous two attempts.

“I kind of like where we’re at,” Bridge said, noting the Cats are the only team to compete in all three Kansas tiebreakers and their punishing running style fits the format. “We’re a ball-handling offense and the passing game is limited and minimized by a 25-yard cushion.”

Eatonville 42, Hoquiam 7

Hoquiam struggled with a healthy Eatonville Cruisers team in a 42-7 loss Thursday in Eatonville.

Hoquiam (4-5 , 1-3 1A Evergreen) couldn’t slow the Cruisers’ run game and fell behind 42-0 after Eatonville (8-1, 3-1) scored three rushing touchdowns in each of the first two quarters.

With the Cruisers’ reserves playing most of the second half, Hoquiam avoided shutout when quarterback Zander Jump hit senior receiver Owen McNeill for a 25-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

“Their size and speed gave us problems all night on both sides of the ball,” Hoquiam head coach Jeremy McMillan said of Eatonville. “At halftime we challenged the kids to win the second half and work on the game situations that we would need in a crossover game. Our kids responded and were able to hold offense and play defense.”

Hoquiam is the No. 4 seed from the 1A Evergreen League and will face Trico League No. 1 La Center in a district crossover game Friday at 7 p.m. at La Center High School.

Ocosta 34, North Beach 14

Senior quarterback Josh Figueroa led Ocosta to a 34-14 win over North Beach on Senior Night at Ocosta on Friday.

Figueroa rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries — including a 55-yard scoring scamper in the Wildcats’ 22-point second quarter — and scored two touchdowns in the victory.

The senior signal caller went 7-for-8 for 104 yards and two touchdowns, including a 41-yard strike to freshman Ronin Rutzer.

Ocosta rushed for 304 yards in the game, including a triple-digit night from senior running back Kevin Agramon (17-101) and 70 yards from junior running back Andrew Martin.

Martin also caught three passes for 50 yards and a touchdown.

Ocosta (7-1, 6-0 2B Central-Lower) honored seniors Figueroa, Agramon, Fredrick Bishop and Gage Grisby on Senior Night.

The Wildcats will face Rainier in the 2B playoffs on Thursday in Westport at 7 p.m.

North Beach finishes the season with a 2-4 record in the 2B Central-Lower 8-man league.

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