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Blocked kick helps Washougal escape with 33-32 win over River Ridge

Jayson Graham catches a 20-yard touchdown pass from Holden Bea for the win

By Tim Martinez, Columbian Assistant Sports Editor
Published: September 2, 2022, 12:58pm

Jayson Graham caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Holden Bea after Harrison DeShazer blocked a pivotal conversion kick, lifting Washougal to a 33-32 overtime win against River Ridge on Thursday night in Lacey.

Bea also threw a 9-yard touchdown pass in the final minute of the fourth quarter to force overtime for Washougal in a back-and-forth affair.

Liam Atkin returned a punt return 90 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter to tie the game 18-18.

River Ridge reclaimed the lead 26-18 on Jonathan Mapu’s 43-yard touchdown run with 5:55 left.

After turning the ball over on downs, Washougal was able to get the ball back on its own 26 with 1:29 to play.

Bea hit Graham for a 40-yard gain down to the 9 before completing a touchdown pass to Edwards with 40 seconds left. Bea ran in the two-point conversion, tying the game at 26-26.

In the first possession of overtime, Ronaldo Gonzalez-Salazar’s 1-yard touchdown run put River Ridge up 32-26, but DeShazer burst threw to block the PAT kick.

On third-and-5, Bea hits Graham for the game-tying touchdown, then Koby Johnson made the conversion kick for the win.

WASHOUGAL 33, RIVER RIDGE 32, OT

Washougal 3 7 8 8 7—33

River Ridge 6 12 0 8 6—32

First quarter

RR — Jonathon Mapu 1 run (kick failed)

W — Koby Johnson 19 FG

Second quarter

RR — Ronaldo Gonzalez-Salazar 25 run (run failed)

W — Sam Evers 41 pass from Holden Bea (Johnson kick)

RR — Mapu 8 run (pass failed)

Third quarter

W — Liam Atkin 90 punt return (Bea run)

Fourth quarter

RR — Mapu 43 run (Mapu run)

W — Owen Edwards 9 pass from Bea (Bea run)

Overtime

RR — Gonzalez-Salazar 1 run (kick blocked)

W — Jayson Graham 20 pass from Bea (Johnson kick)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — Washougal: Bea 9-18, Atkin 4-11.

PASSING — Washougal: Bea 17-31-1-278.

RECEIVING — Washougal: Graham 3-98, Evers 6-72, William Cooper 5-69, Edwards 2-35, Atkin 1-4.

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