PASCO – Tri-Cities Prep took a 52-22 victory over the Almira/Coulee-Hartline Warriors in a State 1B quarterfinal football game at Edgar Brown Stadium on Friday night.
The Jaguars had a scary moment in the third quarter when senior senior Jay Orth was taken off the field on a stretcher and carted to an ambulance.
It turned out that Orth suffered only a stinger, but the sight stung his teammates’ collective psyche.
“You say to yourself, ‘Oh, he’s all right. They’re just being cautious,’ ” said Prep senior Will Hoppes. “But when they pull one of your best friends off on an ambulance, it’s tough.”
ACH converted on fourth down on the play following Orth’s injury and scored on the possession on Dylan Tipps’ 3-yard run. The Warriors (10-2), trailing 30-14, then picked off Hoppes’ off-balance throw and appeared poised to make a run at the Southeast League champions.
But on fourth down at the Prep 9, Hoppes stopped Tipps for a 2-yard loss. The Jaguars then went 89 yards in six plays, with Hoppes tossing the third of his four TD passes – an 8-yarder to Kevin Ratuiste – to cap the fourth-quarter drive.
Daniel Hardy then returned the kickoff for a score, but that would be the Warriors’ final TD.
The victory advanced Prep (9-2) into the semifinals for only the second time in school history. The Jaguars will play Cusick next weekend in Pasco in a rematch of last year’s quarterfinal won by the Panthers.
“We’ve got a real bad taste in our mouth still,” Hoppes said. “It won¹t be the same game this time.”
ACH scored on the first play of the game on the triple option, with Dylan Tipps going 56 yards untouched into the end zone.
Tipps also scored on a 3-yard run in the third quarter. He finished with 165 yards on 19 carries.