STEVENSON — “We started the game by moving the football to inside Stevenson’s 20-yard line, but then we had a penalty that stopped us short of the goal line and then they turned around and scored on us on their first play from scrimmage,” coach Kevin McNulty said after the Fishermen were defeated by Stevenson 46-14 there Oct. 11.

“Later in the game we fumbled four times and Stevenson turned three of those turnovers into touchdowns,” said McNulty. “It is frustrating to watch us implode after playing well in stretches.”

One of those fumbles happened just before halftime and with 41 seconds remaining the Bulldogs’ Brandon Van Pelt completed a 19-yard touchdown pass to Josh Miller to give the home team an 18-0 lead going into the locker room.

“Our kids were aggressive and they played close to what they are capable of playing, but then we would find a way to implode,” coach McNulty related. One of those implosions came at the end of the third period when Stevenson’s Brandon Albrecht picked up a fumble and ran 63 yards for a touchdown.

Ilwaco had scored earlier in the third period when Tom Odneal took a kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown to make the score 25-8. “It felt great to score that touchdown. The ball took a couple of bounces and then I scooped it up. We made a couple of key blocks and I made a couple of cuts and then I was off to the races,” Odneal said.

“They just made a couple of big plays and completed some long passes,” said Odneal. “We have the skill to match up defensively, but we don’t always have the size to make key plays.”

Keishi Thompson ran for a touchdown from three yards out in the final period as the Fishermen were finally able to sustain a drive for a score. Ilwaco held the Bulldogs scoreless in the final quarter until one of their defenders stripped the football, with the resulting fumble setting up yet another touchdown. With 11 seconds remaining the Bulldogs kicked off to the Ilwaco three yard line and when no Fishermen picked up the pigskin, Stevenson’s Jacob Isaacson pounced on the football and waltzed into the end zone for another touchdown.

Center Matt MacDonald, guards Garrett Petit and John Pampalos, tackles Joe Lurf and Keegan Benenati and tight end Aaron Terry did the blocking for Ilwaco. The Fishermen gained 204 yards on the ground to 227 for Stevenson, but the Bulldogs also passed for 227 yards to 54 for Ilwaco. The Fishermen ran 56 plays to only 41 for Stevenson. The Bulldogs were penalized 12 times for 125 yards, while Ilwaco was flagged six times for 30 yards.

Woodby rushed for 43 yards in seven carries, Odneal picked up 68 yards in 14 carries and quarterback Eric McMillan gained 85 yards in 14 carries. McMillan completed seven passes for 54 yards. Odneal caught three passes, Woodby had a pair of receptions and Riki Thompson and Terry both had catches.

Stevenson is now 2-4 in the Trico and Ilwaco is 0-6 in league play.

Ilwaco 0 0 6 8 — 14

Stevenson 6 12 14 14 — 46

SCORING

First quarter

S – 2:52 Brandon Van Pelt 12 run (kick failed)

Second quarter

S – 2:27 Josh Anderson 1 run (run failed)

S – 0:41 Josh Miller 19 pass from Van Pelt (run failed)

Third quarter

S – 1:37 Anderson 7 run (Chan Park kick)

Il – 1:25 Tom Odneal 70 kickoff return (pass failed)

S – 0:00 Brandon Albrecht 63 fumble recovery (Park kick)

Fourth quarter

Il – 2:09 Keishi Thompson 3 run (Austin Woodby run)

S – 0:11Tyler Miller 37 run (Park kick)

S – 0:09 Jacob Isaacson 3 fumble recovery (Park kick)

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