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Saturday, April 20, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Tumwater eats up yards in win over Lake City

Thunderbirds gain 491 rushing in 49-24 triumph

By Grant Clark Correspondent

OLYMPIA – Lake City football coach Van Troxel admitted his squad hasn’t seen the Wing-T offense too many times.

Unfortunately for the Timberwolves, they now have four quarters on film of it being executed to near perfection.

Tumwater rolled up 588 total yards of offense with 491 coming on the ground as the Thunderbirds hammered visiting Lake City 49-24 Friday at Tumwater District Stadium.

“We haven’t played too many teams that have ran that offense,” Troxel said. “But that’s not why we lost. Tumwater hit us in the mouth early and we never recovered. We didn’t tackle. We didn’t block and Tumwater played very well. We don’t have any cupcakes on this schedule.”

The Timberwolves (4-1) had scored 56 and 57 points in their last two games, respectively, but trailed 21-3 at the intermission as Tumwater (4-0) held a 314-142 advantage in total yardage.

Spender Dowers tossed touchdown passes of 1, 35 and 25 yards to give the T-Birds the 18-point cushion at the break.

Arriving in Tumwater around 3 p.m. following a 355-mile bus drive, Lake City recovered Ian Saner’s fumble at the Timberwolves 2 on the T-Birds’ opening possession.

Lake City immediately marched down the field before being slowed by penalties and settling for a 37-yard field goal from Casey Bourque to take a 3-0 lead midway through the first quarter.

The red-zone fumble would be about the only miscue for Tumwater from there on out.

Saner finished with 179 yards on 25 carries, while teammate Easton Trakel added 214 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries, helping Tumwater to a 42-17 advantage early in the fourth.

The Timberwolves got another big offensive night from senior Jerry Louie-McGee, who finished with 270 total yards.

Louie-McGee opened the second half by scoring on an 80-yard play off a pass from Michael Goggin.

Louie-McGee appeared to be wrapped up for a short gain on the simple swing pass, but managed to escape a wave of Tumwater defenders, reverse his direction and head to the end zone, trimming Lake City’s deficit to 21-10.

Tumwater answered by scoring touchdowns on its first four possessions of the second half.

“Lake City’s a very good team,” said Tumwater coach Sid Otton, who has guided the T-Birds to five state titles and is the all-time winningest coach in Washington state history. “Our defense did a great job getting pressure on their quarterback. I’m not sure he ever felt comfortable back there.”

Louie-McGee, who finished with eight catches for 200 yards and two TDs, hauled in a 67-yard scoring strike from Goggin early in the fourth quarter.

Goggin went 16 of 27 for 292 yards. The junior also hit Brandon Dotson on an 18-yard touchdown pass and was intercepted once.

After traveling 700 miles round-trip to play Tumwater, Lake City gets to stay home next week by hosting Sandpoint. The Timberwolves won last year’s meeting 70-30. 

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