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PT duo finish in top 5 PA runner takes 13th at state meet Peninsula Daily News

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Washington defensive tackles Semisi Tokolahi (98) and De’Shon Matthews (96) look up at the score during the final minutes of their game against Oregon on Saturday in Eugene, Ore.

Ducks leave Dawgs behind By Anne M. Peterson The Associated Press

EUGENE, Ore. — Running back LaMichael James felt it, and so did the rest of the top-ranked Ducks. There was something inexplicably amiss at the start of Oregon’s 53-16 victory over northwest rival Washington on Saturday. Something completely out of character for the nation’s most prolific offense. “I don’t know, Also . . . it was something. ■ Bears We weren’t really escape playing up to Cougars, standards the win by 7 first two quarpoints/B4 ters,” said James. “Our tempo wasn’t good, I was having some mishaps and other players were having some mishaps. Sometimes you’re going to have those games.” The Ducks (9-0, 6-0 Pac-10) were held scoreless in the first quarter for the first time this season. Their first points came on a 29-yard field goal early in the second quarter. Of course they went on to thoroughly recover, outscoring Washington 35-10 in the second half. James ran for 121 yards and three touchdowns, while Darron Thomas threw for a score and ran for two more. Oregon, as usual, wore the Huskies out. “We were exhausted,” coach Steve Sarkisian said. “We didn’t help [our guys] offensively. We didn’t sustain drives on offense to give our defense a rest. “The game got in their control where they like it, so they can go fast and wear you out.” Thomas completed 24-of-33 passes for 243 yards. He ran for 89 yards. Oregon offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich described the start as “weird.” “I don’t know what to attribute that to,” he said. Redshirt freshman Keith Price made his first career start for Washington (3-6, 2-4) in place of Jake Locker, who watched from the sidelines with a broken rib. Price held his own, completing 14 of 28 passes for 127 yards and a touchdown. He had only completed five of nine attempts going into the game. He threw a touchdown pass on his only play from scrimmage in a 32-31 victory on the road against USC on Oct. 2. “I think I played OK,” Price said. “There were a lot of balls I normally make that I didn’t make. “That was me being too anxious and excited. I needed to settle down a little bit.” There were questions about how Price would handle the noisy Autzen Stadium crowd, which on Saturday was announced at 60,017 — the largest in the stadium’s history. The yellow-clad throng was not treated to Oregon’s usual offensive intensity at the start. After Oregon opened the scoring with Rob Beard’s field goal, Erik Folk’s 52-yard attempt for Washington went wide left. But Folk made another 52-yarder later in the quarter to tie the game at 3. James finally got a touchdown for the Ducks midway through the second quarter with a 1-yard run. Beard ran in the 2-point conversion.

PASCO — Port Townsend placed two runners in the top five while Alison Maxwell of Port Angeles captured 13th at the state cross country championships Saturday at Sun Willows Golf Course. Defending Class 1A boys individual champion Bereket Piatt of Port Townsend claimed fifth place while teamm a t e Maxwell Habtamu Rubio took third place, unable to repeat on their 1-2 state finish last year as juniors. Tyler King of Coupeville, who beat the duo at the tri-district championships the week before, took first in a time of 15 minutes, 16.9 seconds in the 5-kilometer race, burying the opposition. King was fifth in state last year in the 4A competition, running for Oak Harbor. Elma’s Todd Jackson was way back in second at 15:47.5 while Rubio was close behind for third in 15:50.4. Jackson also is new to the 1A level. Elma competed at 2A last year when Jackson was favored to win the 2A meet before he was injured. King’s Hap Emmons beat out Piatt for fourth with a time of 15:53.2 while Piatt took fifth in 16:03.9.

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Port Townsend’s Habtamu Rubio captures third place at the state 1A cross country championships at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco on Saturday. He led the Redskin boys to an eighth-place team finish. Port Townsend’s Xavier Frank and Chimacum’s Griffin Hoins both finished in the top 50 in the 1A boys race. Frank took 44th in 17:29.0 while Hoins was right on Frank’s heels in 46th in 17:29.8. There were 144 runners in the 1A level.

The Port Townsend boys captured eighth place in team honors, the best finish for the North Olympic Peninsula. Maxwell, meanwhile, claimed 13th place with the time of 19:20 in the Class 2A girls race while Sequim’s Audrey Lichten finished in 21st, recording a 19:32

run. The Port Angeles girls finished in 14th place overall as a team. A total of 15 runners made it to the 1A and 2A state cross country meet representing Port Angeles, Sequim, Port Townsend and Chimacum.

Prep Football Playoffs

Riders advance to state

Cowboys fall 21-7 By Matt Schubert

Peninsula Daily News

By Matt Schubert

Peninsula Daily News

POULSBO — Cinderella isn’t done dancing yet. One year after submitting their first 0-10 season in school history, the Port Angeles Roughriders are state-bound for the first time in 18 years. Port AngeAlso . . . les weathered Sumner’s ■ PA, physical Sequim ground game volleyball amid a steady advance to rain at North state/B4 Kitsap Stadium on Saturday, beating the Spartans 28-21 on a last-minute touchdown run from quarterback Keenen Walker. “This is awesome,” said Walker, who had a hand in all four Rider touchdowns. “At the beginning of year no one thought we were going to [got to state] and now we are.” Port Angeles (9-1 overall)

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Port Angeles linebackers Troy Martin and Dylan Brewer tackle Sumner running back Tyler Salisbury for a loss during a district playoff game Saturday in Poulsbo. will go for the school’s first state playoff win when it takes on KingCo power Interlake (3-8) next week at a time and place to be announced. The Saints upset South Puget

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Wolves rip Patriots 42-22 By Matt Schubert

Peninsula Daily News

POULSBO — Sequim all but wrapped up its fifth straight trip to state. Then it got bored. The Wolves scored 42 unanswered points to begin their rain-drenched Class 2A preliminary playoff against Washington and cruised from there for a 42-22 win Saturday night. The win clinched the Wolves’ fifth Class 2A state playoff berth in five years and moved head coach Erik Wiker to 3-2 in preliminary playoff games. “It feels really good,” said Wiker, who is 1-4 in state playoff games entering next week’s contest. “A lot of people didn’t expect us to take the league or go back to state and do those things, so it’s really nice to reach those

goals. “And [now let’s] just get going back to practice and kick some butt.” Sequim (9-1 overall) will face Northwest District No. 4 Burlington-Edison (7-3) in Poulsbo next Saturday night in the first round of the Class 2A tournament.

Familiar opponent It’s the same team the Wolves faced and beat in last year’s first round, a 34-32 heart-stopping classic. “You can’t take them lightly,” Sequim running back Isaac Yamamoto said. “We know what they are capable of. They came back last year [before losing on the final play]. We’ve got to play them tough and we’ve got to work hard and execute this week.”

Yamamoto did a lot of that on Saturday. The senior captain ran for a game-high 173 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries, while junior Frank Catelli added two touchdowns of his own to help Sequim race out to a 42-0 second quarter lead. “Everybody blocked well tonight,” Yamamoto said. “I can’t ask for anything better. I had great holes, great second-level blocking. “For me its just find the seam and hit it and just run hard.” Catelli scored his first touchdown on a 3-yard run on Sequim’s second possession of the game. He the added a spectacular defensive touchdown on the next play from scrimmage to help put the Wolves up 15-0 early on. Turn

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BELLINGHAM — The Chimacum Cowboys ran out of tomorrows. After surviving four straight do-or-die games to get into the Class 1A preliminary playoffs, turnovers and missed opportunities cost the Cowboys in Friday night’s matchup with Northwest Conference power Nooksack Valley. The Pioneers took advantage of five Chimacum turnovers to end the Cowboys’ season with a 21-7 victory at a drizzly Civic Stadium in Bellingham. “If we played our ‘A’ game, that score would’ve been a lot different,” Chimacum coach Shawn Meacham said. “But I’m proud of every single one of my players. “They gave me all that they can give me. That’s all a coach can ask. This team is a heck of a team, no matter what that score says.” Friday’s loss ended a fourgame winning streak for Chimacum, which overcame a 1-4 start to the season to make its first postseason trip in five years. “I love every single one of the players out here,” said a tearful Devin Manix, one of 15 seniors to suit up Friday night. “I always dreamed to take the way we played when we were little into high school, and we did it. “We left it all on the field, and it’s just a hard way to end.” Two years removed from back-to-back 1-9 seasons, the Cowboys came up just one win shy of the school’s fifth state appearance and first since 2005. “I don’t know if I’ll have a connection with a group of kids like I’ve had with these kids,” Meacham said of the seniors, who he also coached at the middle school level. “I’m going to really miss them.” Meacham said Chimacum (5-5 overall) would have to avoid turnovers to beat the Pioneers (7-3). Turn

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