Montesano, WA – The Montesano Bulldogs dominated the Hoquiam Grizzlies on homecoming night to take the top spot in the Evergreen 1A League.
The Bulldogs defense was stifling all night long and it led to a 48-0 victory over their league rivals on Friday night at Jack Rottle Field.
Montesano stopped Hoquiam on their first two drives and answered with touchdowns of their own to take a quick lead, and they never looked back.
The opening score was on a two yard pass from Trace Ridgway to Sam Winter and the second was a 5 yard TD run by Aydan Darst.
The Grizzlies punted on their third drive and the Bulldogs were driving, but Ridgway was intercepted by Cameron Bumstead.
Hoquiam took over on their own eight yard line, but promptly fumbled it back to Montesano at the Grizzly 16 yard line.
That was the first of four drives on the night that the Bulldogs started inside the Hoquiam 35 yard line.
Ridgway finished the short drive with an eight yard TD run.
Hoquiam then fumbled again and Montesano started at the Grizzly 27 and quickly capitalized with another Darst TD run, this time from three yards out.
The Grizzlies then appeared to have their punt tipped on their next drive and the Bulldogs again drove the short field for a score.
Darst got the TD again, this time from nine yards out, making the score 34-0 at the half.
Both teams went three and out to start the second half, but then on Monte’s second drive they punched in another TD.
This time it was Isaac Pierce who came in for a play at Quarterback because Ridgway’s helmet came off on the previous play.
The sophomore back-up didn’t miss a beat however, and took it in from four yards out.
Hoquiam’s misfortunes continued on their ensuing drive as a high snap on another punt led to a massive loss and Montesano getting the ball at the Grizzly 17 yard line.
The Bulldogs scored on their second play from scrimmage when Brent Hollatz ran in from the five yard line.
Jordan King, who was 6-7 on extra points on the night, banged the last one through for the 48-0 final.
Ridgway was our Player of the Game for his 15 carries for 93 yards rushing and a TD as well as completing eight of his 14 passes for 97 yards and another TD.
He also had at least one of Montesano’s 7 sacks on the night.
Darst had seven carries for 34 yards with three TDs.