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Sunday, August 28, 2016 This Week's Paper
Foss comes up just short against North Thurston

Foss couldn’t quite overcome its penalties, miscues and turnovers tonight against North Thurston. But the Falcons came close, driving for a touchdown with less than a minute remaining, but falling just short on the two-point conversion to fall 22-20 to North Thurston tonight at Mount Tahoma Stadium.

Patiole Pesefea scored his second touchdown of the night with 28 seconds left to cap a 10-play, 73-yard drive, but was tackled at the two-yard line to end the Falcons’ bid to send the game into overtime. The Rams recovered the onside kick, then ran out the clock.

Pesefea got the Falcons on the board on the first drive of the game, scoring on a 7-yard run to cap a 15-play, 67-yard drive. But North Thurston answered when Ryan Mets hit Brandon Morgan for an 11-yard score to make it 7-7 on the first play of the second quarter.

The Falcons botched the snap on a punt on their third possession, giving North Thurston the ball at Foss’ two yard line, and Josh Ramirez scored from one yard out two plays later to give the Rams a 13-7 lead. The Falcons looked to take back momentum before the half after back-to-back nice runs by quarterback Isaiah Littlejohn and running back Devon Clark, but another botched snap resulted in a loss of 18 yards. Still, Littlejohn narrowly missed hitting Bacaari Kiner for a 34-yard touchdown on fourth down.

Littlejohn later gave the Falcons a 14-13 lead with 2:15 left in the third when he scored on a three-yard run, rolling out to his left on a play action and eluding two North Thurston defenders. The Falcons looked to add more early in the fourth quarter, but Littlejohn was picked off deep in Rams territory to snuff out a drive. The Rams then took a 19-14 lead four plays later when Mets hit Luke Yanna for a 27-yard touchdown, and North Thurston added a field goal after picking off Littlejohn again on the next drive.

Clark rattled off a 44-yard run to set the Falcons up at the Rams’ 16-yard line midway through the fourth quarter, but the drive ended again when Seth Meredith picked off Littlejohn inside North Thurston’s 10-yard line – Meredith’s second interception of the game. But the Falcons’ defense responded, shutting down the Rams and getting the ball back to force the almost-tying drive.

Clark finished with 15 carries for 99 yards for the Falcons, while Pesefea added nine carries for 52 yards.

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