The coronation of Homecoming King and Queen concluded the pep rally Friday at the high school as Joseph Pellegrino and Katie Chapman were crowned. The rally had a class competition and beauty pagaent filled with high spirits to ready the students for the homecoming game v. Rainier.
Montesano junior high students fill the school commons area sporting shirts promoting the return to Jack Rottle Field. The money to buy the shirts for all junior and senior high students was donated by Pasha Automotive.
The night started early and continued strong for the Bulldogs on their return to Jack Rottle Field. Here Bulldog running back Shad Rogers jogs in for the first of many Montesano touchdowns, as the Bulldogs ran over the Mountaineers, 70-0, in 1A Evergreen football action.
Bulldog place kicker Anthony Louthan makes it look easy as he goes 100% in extra points during the rain soaked homecoming game against visiting Rainier. The first game back to Jack Rottle Field saw the Bulldogs run over the Mountaineers 70-0.
The Bulldogs celebrate in the end zone as Patrick Donnelly breaks through the Mountaineer line for another Montesano score. The tally at this point brought the game well into the mercy rule that would post a running clock during the second half.
MONTESANO — Many anticipated the return of the Bulldogs to their home turf at Jack Rottle Field. Spirit week was running hard with celebrations at school and the community coming together to ensure the boys and the school could stage their Homecoming game on their field of glory.
The Bulldogs took to the field in a cloud of smoke and did not look back as they thrilled the home crowd to a triumphant win over Rainier, 70-0, on Oct. 19.
For some, the cover of an umbrella was all they needed, for others it did not matter as they all huddled around for the return of the Montesano Bulldogs football team on Homecoming night.
Montesano looked to dominate from the get-go, bringing in the first score on their initial play from scrimmage.
Rainier took possession first but was stopped before reaching midfield and tried to punt the Bulldogs back into their own territory. A high snap, and bobbled ball gave the Bulldogs possession on Rainier’s 15-yard line. A quick dump pass from Matthew Jensen to Shad Rogers and the game quickly turned into a Montesano romp.
The Mountaineers struggled through the first half to make it past the 50-yard line. The Bulldog defense stopped their every effort and provided Montesano with good field position allowing them to score on every series.
The rain did hamper the game to some point as the ball seemed to slip and slide during the on-and-off-again showers but the Montesano scoring machine was undeterred.
A cast of Bulldogs were able to cross into the end zone. Leading the charge was Rogers with two. Bulldogs Richard Smith, Zack Nelson, Ben Ohashi, Tucker Ibabao, Elliot Mendenhall and Patrick Donnelly each scored in the first half. With every score, Anthony Louthan was right there to make good on the extra point opportunity. Mendehnall was also credited with an interception and fumble recovery during this time. By halftime Montesano had amassed a run of 56 points, enough to invoke the mercy running clock rule at the start of the second half of play.
After the half time announcements highlighted seniors in this dual night of homecoming and senior night, the crowd started to thin as the rain thickened. But play went on.
The Bulldogs cycled players through the remainder of the game and produced two additional touchdowns credited to Tanner Birdsall and freshman Kyle Englund.
Montesano will only have a short time to celebrate the lopsided victory, as the clash of East County is up next: Montesano will face Elma on Oct. 26 at Davis Field in the annual Civil War game.