Friday night was a huge night for Tacoma public school football.
While the fifth-ranked Lincoln Abes took care of business in a contest they were heavily-favored to win, the additional news from Seattle's Memorial Stadium that the Wilson Rams led throughout and knocked-off Metro Valley champion Ballard was a big one.
LINCOLN - 63, NATHAN HALE - 6
WILSON - 43, BALLARD - 22
It's been a long time since two Tacoma public schools advanced to the State 3A Tournament.
The Round of 16.
It was the 1979 football season that saw two Tacoma public schools win their way into the state tournament simultaneously. Mt. Tahoma and Foss advanced past the first round and MT beat the Falcons 28-0. The T-Birds went on to win the first of their two-straight state titles.
Friday's 7 p.m. kick-off against third-ranked O'Dea will mark the first home state tournament game at Lincoln Bowl for the Abes since the advent of the State Tournament Format in 1973.
The First Time Ever.
Lincoln sophomore Jordan Kitna passed for 284 yards and five touchdown passes in the first half and sat out the second half. Senior Dehonta Hayes opened the scoring in the game with an electric 11-yard race to the end zone off a Kitna toss.
Hayes went wild in the second quarter picking off a pass at the Lincoln 40-yard line and ran it back 60 yards for a touchdown.
Two minutes later, Hayes picked up a punt off the bounce and headed for the Lincoln sideline. The D-1 recruit maneuvered through solid blocks and traffic up the sideline and broke back to the middle for another touchdown. At the time, Lincoln now led 35-0 with 8:10 remaining in the game.
Lincoln (10-0) led 63-0 over Nathan Hale (4-6) at halftime. With a running clock in the second half, Lincoln played mostly their second, third and fourth-string players, running the ball and chewing clock. The defense held the shutout until Nathan Hale's final drive of the game.
In Fridays issue (11/07) of the Tacoma Weekly, we wrote about the Wilson Rams .vs Ballard Beavers match-up -
"...With a penchant for come-from-behind wins and experience on the road, Wilson has a legitimate shot at winning this game and moving on to the first round of the state playoffs."
Wilson (8-2) didn't have to come from behind in the actual game tonight, as they led throughout and pulled away from Ballard (5-5) in the second half for the three-touchdown victory.
The Rams get a true state tournament feel coming up in their opener. They will travel over the mountains to face Mt. Spokane (8-2) at Joe Albi Stadium in Spokane on Saturday, Nov. 15. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.
FRIDAY NIGHT - TACOMA AREA FOOTBALL SCORES FOR NOV. 7
4A DISTRICT ROUND
UNION - 42, CURTIS - 14
2A DISTRICT ROUND
FIFE - 21, LIBERTY - 0
Resounding upset on the road against ranked KingCo team.
KINGSTON - 20, FRANKLIN PIERCE - 19
A missed extra-point to take the lead late and a missed extra-point in Overtime doom the Cardinals at home in a big upset.
1A DISTRICT ROUND
CHARLES WRIGHT - 24, PORT TOWNSEND - 14
The Terriers (4-5) were blown out 49-6 by Port Townsend (7-3) one week ago. A massive upset over the Olympic league champions.
FOSS - 30, STADIUM - 22
LAKES - 47, MT. TAHOMA - 0
SATURDAY NIGHT TACOMA HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT GAMES
4A DISTRICT ROUND
BELLARMINE (6-3) at KENTWOOD (8-1) - FRENCH FIELD, KENT - 7 P.M.
2B DISTRICT ROUND
ADNA (6-3) at LIFE CHRISTIAN (6-2) - HARRY LANG STADIUM, LAKEWOOD - 7 P.M.