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.