An explosive first quarter by Charles Wright and running back Alexander Moore allowed the Tarriers to build a big first-half lead and cruise to a 44-20 win over Vashon Island tonight, moving them to 5-0 on the season and a step closer to the division title.
The Tarriers recovered an onside kick on the opening kickoff at the Pirates’ 36-yard line, and Moore was in the end zone on a 10-yard run six plays later to make it 7-0. After a three-and-out defensively, Moore – the 1A state champ in the 100-meter dash – raced 65 yards almost untouched on a sweep to make it 14-0 with less than five minutes gone. Charles Wright then recovered a fumble on the first play of the next drive, and Raheem Hughey made it 21-0 on a three-yard plunge two plays later. The Tarriers’ defense forced another three-and-out, and the offense mounted an 11-play, 75-yard drive capped by Moore’s eight-yard touchdown catch to make it 28-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The first-half dominance was emphasized just before halftime, as Nick Ho intercepted a pass and raced 60 yards for a score with five seconds to go to make it 38-0.
With backups in the game for the majority of the second half for Charles Wright, Vashon was able to creep back into the game with three straight touchdown drives. Nick Amundsen scored on a 16-yard touchdown run, and backup quarterback Sam Schoenberg hit Garrett Starr for a 42-yard touchdown and later connected with Peter Evans for a 27-yard score to make it 38-20 early in the fourth quarter.
But Hughey capped a 10-play, 66-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown to put the game away for Charles Wright. Hughey finished with 15 carries for 103 yards, while Moore added five carries for 129 yards for the Tarriers. With a win next week at Chimacum, the Tarriers would host the Nisqually League championship game at the end of the season, most likely against perennial power Cascade Christian.