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Heritage shuts out Evergreen

Timberwolves get defensive, improve to 2-0

By Paul Valencia, Columbian High School Sports Reporter
Published: September 9, 2016, 7:32pm

The Heritage Timberwolves put on a defensive clinic Friday night and shut out a school-district rival for the first time in program history.

It was only fitting that the Heritage defense put the finishing touches on a 9-0 win over Evergreen with a fourth-quarter safety.

Not only that, but that safety saw a host of Timberwolves in the end zone, swallowing up the play, securing the victory.

“It was a great win for us,” senior Trevon Davis said. “It was a great team win. We all came together as a defense, and I feel like we finally played as a pack together. Our offense was struggling a little bit, but we rallied together on defense and got the win. We did what we needed to do.”

In all, the Timberwolves had six sacks, limiting Evergreen to 185 yards of offense.

Tashiem Hurse rushed for 194 yards for the Timberwolves, who got a second-quarter touchdown on a 9-yard pass from Michael Taras to Kahai Umiamaka. That was plenty in this one, the first Heritage shutout over another team from the Evergreen School District.

Heritage (2-0) has allowed 12 points in the first two games as opponents have struggled against a number of Timberwolves.

Friday night, White Sosene was in on two sacks, as well as the safety. Davis also was in that mix during the safety, plus he had two sacks. Hayden Klimas had a fourth-down stop early in the game, and that set the tone for the rest of the night.

There was Ammon Garrison, Robbie Meadors, and J’Wan Vick batting down passes.

Oscar Gonzalez had his own sack, and Thomas Huffman helped bring down the quarterback on another play.

All night long, all Timberwolves making plays.

Evergreen (0-2), which just missed last week, losing an overtime game to Columbia River, was held to 56 yards in the second half.

Heritage’s offense moved the ball between the 20-yard lines all night but struggled in the red zone against a stingy Evergreen defense. The Plainsmen forced a fumble into the end zone for a touchback, intercepted another ball in the red zone, and stopped the Timberwolves on three other possessions in scoring territory.

HERITAGE 9, EVERGREEN 0

Heritage 0 7 0 2—9

Evergreen 0 0 0 0—0

Second quarter

Her — Kahai Umiamaka 9 pass from Michael Taras (Kyle Hood kick)

Fourth quarter

Her — Safety, tackle running back in end zone

Individuals statistics

RUSHING — Heritage: Tashiem Hurse 23-194, Taras 10-4, Jalynnee McGee 12-77, Oscar Gonzalez 5-14. Evergreen: Dustin Nettles 11-26, Payton Monda 15-37, Tristan Fich 1-1, Jevauhn Hampton 11-37, Tre Ratcliff 2-9, K’Avossia Stevenson 1-0.

PASSING — Heritage: Taras 5-15-1-73. Evergreen: Monda 8-16-0-75.

RECEIVING — Heritage: Gavin Lee 2-25, J’Wan Vick 1-31, Umiamaka 2-17. Evergreen: Stevenson 1-4, Sheaven Rhodes 1-5, Nettles 4-28, Hampton 2-38.

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