Castle Rock Junior Dylan Libby (#24) managed to run for 39 yards and a touchdown against a larger, older Ridgefield team on Friday night. The Spudders defeated CR 34-6.
Toledo 15 Morton/White Pass 14
Welcome to the 2B Central, Toledo. It doesn't get much more difficult than this. As an introductory offer, you can start out by playing the defending league champion and two-time state runner up Morton/White Pass on the road.
As it turned out, the Indians met the challenge despite first-game jitters with a 15-14 victory over Morton/White Pass on the Timberwolves' home field.
"I was most impressed with our defense," said Toledo Head Coach Jeremy Thibault. "Holy smokes--two rushing yards and only four completed passes! That's a great night."
In the mean time, students Taylor Hicks, Mason Gaul and Dakota Robins ran wild over the Wolves with 325 yards of rushing. Hicks himself totaled 189 yards and the Indians' two touchdowns.
"The reason I was able to get the yards I did was because of my big men up front," said Hicks. "It was the first game of the year we all had a little bit of jitters, we all had mistakes but the big guys came through for the backs."
The coach echoed the positive efforts as well as the mistakes made during the first contest of the season.
"I was really happy with the way our team battled and came from behind to beat a very good MWP team," said Thibault. "When you put the ball on the ground 5 times, have 10 penalties, several missed blocks and still come out with a win it's a great night."
Toledo will return home this Friday to play the newly-combined team from Pe Ell and Willapa Valley.
Pe Ell/Willapa Valley 41 Winlock 21
Winlock scored 21 points, but still fell short in their initial 2B Central football contest of the 2104 season with a 41-21 loss to the newly-combined team from Pe Ell and Willapa Valley.
After falling being by two touchdowns, Derek Chilcoate returned the ensuing kick-off 80 yards for the first Cardinal TD of the season. Unfortunately, the Pe Ell/Willapa Valla responded with three additional scores.
Evan Mitchell and Shawn Berry responded late with two Winlock scores and the Cardinal defense stood strong, not allowing another score during the game.
Winlock will host Morton/White Pass next week for its first home game of 2014.
Ridgefield 34 Castle Rock 6
Castle Rock allowed too much scoring by Ridgefield and dropped their opening game 34-6 in Trico League football at home on Friday evening.
Dillon Libby rushed for 39 yards but the Spudders held CR to just 131 yards of total offense.
Characterized as a young and small team, Head Coach Ben Suhrbier said that the team played much better defense in the second half. After an exchange of fumbles, Libby sealed a solid Rocket drive with a short run into the end zone.
Castle Rock now has time to prepare outside of the Trico League with some non-league contests. They travel to Tenino this Friday night.