Elma Eagle Alex Carrillo is quickly taken down by Bulldog Cody Olsen, as the Eagles try the air attack against the Montesano defense.
Montesano quarterback Matthew Jensen is almost tripped up by Elma’s Brian Maslen. Jensen was able to stay on his feet but was quickly swarmed by the Eagle defense. Elma was the host of the East County Civil War rivalry game pitting the Eagles against the Bulldogs.
Bulldog Anthony Louthan finds a hole in the Eagle line. Louthan, more often kicking the extra point or field goals, gets the call to run one up the middle as Montesano drives home the win over Elma 47-7.
ELMA — Under an all-day mist, the East Grays Harbor County Civil War went off without a hitch.
The annual battle between the Eagles and Bulldogs was also senior night for host Elma High School.
The match-up turned out to be a bit of a romp, as Montesano dominated Elma, 47-7.
A string of Bulldogs made it into the end zone to take them to a 41-0 halftime lead. Elliot Mendehall took the first points of the night. He scored in the first and second quarter both running and receiving. Mendenhall also assisted with a pair of 2-point conversions.
Tucker Ibabao also earned a pair of touchdowns but he split his scoring between the halves. He had one in the first quarter and a 71-yard run to make the final Montesano score.
Shad Rogers, Matthew Jensen and Ben Ohashi all scored in the first half. Ohashi also intercepted a pass to end one of Elma’s drives.
The Eagles had a hard time getting a footing in the rough field conditions, and punted out of every series in the first half. Montesano was able to convert on the better positions left by Elma punts. One was so deep the Eagles had to punt out of their own end zone at one point in the first quarter. Slippery conditions wreaked havoc for both sides with fumbles, dropped balls and a lone interception by Montesano setting up an eventual score.
“We just played outstanding tonight,” said Montesano Coach Terry Jensen. “The offensive line of Drew Helms, Nathan Nussbuam, Cody and Jacob Sampair, along with Nathan Bialkowsky, really put forth the effort.”
Traditionally known as a defensive squad, the Bulldogs have been putting extra effort into their offensive line, and it has paid off.
The Eagles had to wait until a late opportunity allowed them to make it on the scoreboard. In their final possession of the night, Layne Sutton connected with Alex Carillo on a short pass with just over a minute left to play. Reyanaldo Ayala made good on his point after attempt. The Eagles made their final kick to the Bulldogs, who took a knee in the final seconds to end the 2012 Civil War, 47-7, in favor of Montesano.
Both teams will head into cross-over games, 1A Evergreen second-place Montesano will be close to home facing Castle Rock at Stewart Field in Aberdeen. Fourth-place Elma will have to hit the road to face La Center. Both games will be played at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2.