Due to construction on Murray Morgan Bridge, flaggers will be directing traffic on Dock Street from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 13 and 14. The closures are necessary as construction crews set up scaffolding along the bridge supports between Dock Street and the railroad tracks. Work to restore vehicle traffic to the bridge started in April and is projected to be substantially complete by the end of 2012.
Steve Mullen attended Stadium's wild 35-27 win over Lincoln tonight and filed this report.
Rivalry games are usually much anticipated games each year by fans and alumni alike. Long time rivals take a back seat to no one and on Friday night at Lincoln Bowl the two oldest high schools in the city got together for what was an absolute classic.
The Stadium Tigers, behind the 168 yards of John Collins, defeated their cross town rivals the Lincoln Abes by a score of 35-27.
“Our guys up front on the o-line were really rolling and we had to be to offset the fantastic night that Thompkins (Emanuel) had,” said Stadium head coach Jess Nelson. The game was a seesaw affair with each team trading ground pounding punches all game long.
Thompkins, who finished with a game high 313 yards, was an awesome force for the Abes.
“Emanuel worked his tail off all night,” said Lincoln head coach Mike Merrill of his talented senior back.
The key play of the game came with Stadium nursing a one point lead with just a little more than three minutes to go. On third-and-20 from the Lincoln 36, quarterback Tyler Stumph threw a backwards pass to Tre Scott, who found a wide open Cody Doiron behind the defense for a score that put Stadium up by eight. They would clinch the win when Thompkins fumbled into the end zone with a minute and a half left as the Tigers recovered and ran out the clock from there.
“We’ve got to go play that real tough Bellarmine team next Friday night with all that talent, we’ll have to be more than ready,” said Nelson.
By Steve Mullen
After leading 14-0 less than three minutes into the game, the Mount Tahoma Thunderbirds cruised to a 43-14 win over the outmanned Foss Falcons. Mount Tahoma's Tevin Novak took the game's opening kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown, part of a three-TD game for the senior running back.
"The line set it up first, I just saw the hole and took it," Novak said of his return.
After a three-and-out on defense, the Thunderbirds Rondie Pate took the following punt back 62 yards for a score, and Mount Tahoma was off and running.
Foss stayed in the game with a 1-yard touchdown plunge by Marcos Jones on the next drive after a 31-yard completion on 4th-and-8 from Nick Burton to Darius Byrd.
But Mount Tahoma answered quickly, marching down the field on the legs of Pate and fullback Roy Tabios, and Novak capped it with a 5-yard touchdown. Pate then had a 34-yard fumble return for a touchdown on Foss' next drive, and Novak added a 22-yard score early in the second quarter to give Mount Tahoma a commanding 35-7 lead.
Pate added an 18-yard touchdown run in the third quarter as he finished with 42 yards rushing on five carries, and Novak had 58 yards on six carries, while also converting two two-point conversions.
Foss added a touchdown in the fourth quarter on a beatiful lofted 15-yard pass from Burton to Byrd, who finished with three catches for 53 yards.
While the pace was somewhat slow and sloppy in the second half, it was the beginning that set the tone for the game.
"I wasn't really expecting the kick return or punt return right off the bat," said Mount Tahoma head coach Kevin Hanis. "I'll take it, obviously."
Mount Tahoma improves to 2-0 with a big game at Gig Harbor next Thursday, while Foss falls to 1-1 and will face Auburn-Mountainview next Friday.
Washington Contemporary Ballet will be hosting an open house on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 2-6 p.m. Come take a tour of the ballet school’s new facility, which includes two spacious studios, a costume shop, video library, conditioning/weight room, large dressing room, kitchen and break area. There will be a bounce house for the kids, hot dogs, chips, cookies and beverages. Registrations for new students will also be accepted – sign up now so you have an opportunity to be in WCB’s annual Nutcracker. WCB, founded by Kay Englert, has been training dancers for 24 years. Help kick off their wonderful new location in University Place at 8315 27th St. W. For further information, visit www.wcbdance.orgor call (253) 474-4312.