KALAMA — The Chinooks scored 21 points in a four-minute span of the first quarter, on their way to a 44-6 win over Ilwaco Friday, Sept. 15. Kalama, ranked number one in the Associated Press poll going into the game, improved to 3-0, while the Fishermen fell to 1-2.
Tucker Wetmore caught an Alex Dyer touchdown pass on Kalama’s second possession, capping a three-play, 37-yard drive. Two plays later, Markus Rocka got instant pressure on Ethan Personius; Parker Wood intercepted a desperation pass into the flat and returned it for a touchdown. Dyer found his big receiver, Grant Vandenberg, with a deep pass, and Vandenberg ran through tacklers for a 38-yard touchdown to cap another quick scoring drive, making it 21-0 with 1:54 remaining in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Ilwaco forced a pair of turnovers. Tenyson Ramsey jarred the ball loose after Dyer’s completion to Brennon Vance, and Brandon McMullen recovered the fumble. On the Chinooks’ next possession, Marcelo Lazaro recovered a fumble at midfield.
Kalama got going again in the third. With the help of a fourth-down conversion, the Chinooks scored in 2:14 on their opening drive; Wetmore finished the drive off with a leaping touchdown catch. Wetmore added a 67-yard touchdown run on Kalama’s next possession.
Tenyson Ramsey had a big second half for Ilwaco. Personius made a perfect deep throw past double-coverage, and Ramsey reached out for the one-handed 29-yard catch. On the final drive of the game, Ramsey caught three passes from Parker Kaech, including another deep ball that he took to the three-yard line for a 33-yard gain. Ramsey’s three-yard touchdown catch with 14 seconds left averted the shutout.
Ramsey finished with 82 yards on four catches. Personius was 9 of 15 for 88 yards. Kaech was 3 for 3 with 65 yards. McMullen led Ilwaco with 59 rushing yards on 16 carries.
Naselle’s football team got a forfeit win over Wishkah Friday. Wishkah is trying to revive its football program after a three year absence, but was unable to get enough players academically eligible last week.