On the Sidelines

First win for Washougal at home

They wanted it for their fans …

They wanted it for their coaches …

And they wanted it for themselves …

Despite about a dozen yellow flags thrown in their direction, the Washougal Panthers persevered and walked off the football field at Fishback Stadium with a hard fought 24-10 victory against Mark Morris.

After the Washougal defenders forced a three-and-out and a punt to begin the game, Kade Coons kick-started a drive to the end zone for the Panthers on a 23-yard run. Jake Klackner capped it off by catching a 5-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Stevens to give Washougal a 7-0 lead.

Mark Morris converted a fourth-and-11 to continue it’s next drive and tie the score at 7-7 on a touchdown before the end of the first quarter.

After both teams traded punts, Tyler Bowlin leaped up and snagged a 31-yard pass to get Washougal into scoring position. Marcos Martinez then came through with a 5-yard touchdown run to put the Panthers back up 14-7.

The Monarchs marched down the field again, trying to tie the score before halftime. That is until Klackner and Gabe Heinrich sacked the quarterback for a loss of eight yards with 41 seconds left on the clock. The Panthers needed one more stop. Freshman Brevan Bea followed the example of his seniors and brought down the quarterback for a loss of three yards.

Washougal got the ball back on downs, took a knee and went into the locker room with a seven-point advantage. The third quarter turned sloppy. Both teams had touchdowns called back for penalties. The Panthers emerged from the chaos clinging to a 14-10 lead.

A six-minute drive into the fourth quarter helped Washougal gain some breathing room. Martinez plowed through the Monarchs and earned three-first downs. Nathan Tofell also grabbed a 19-yard pass, but penalties kept pulling the Panthers back. Stevens made the drive count with a 31-yard field goal to put Washougal back up by seven points.

Mark Morris had one more opportunity to go for a touchdown and tie the score in the final minutes of the game, but the Monarchs had to start from their own 10-yard line. Pressured by the Panthers, the low snap got by the quarterback. Klackner won the race to the bouncing ball in the end zone and the Panthers celebrated their biggest touchdown of the night.

Washougal will prepare for a big homecoming game Friday, Sept. 30, against Ridgefield. Kickoff is at 7 p.m., at Fishback Stadium.

Read more in Thursday’s print edition of the Post-Record.

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