Monday, June 26, 2017 This Week's Paper

Wilson overwhelms Mount Tahoma to keep rolling

// Rams’ playmakers have big nights on the ground

At the start of fall practice, Wilson head coach Don Clegg would sound a few alarm bells not heard around the north Tacoma campus in a long time.

“We’re a little small this year along both interior lines and we’ll need some bodies to step up and take charge,” he would say.

Whatever deficiencies that were talked about in August are no longer a concern, as the dean of Tacoma coaches saw his team use their great speed across the board to steamroll the Mount Tahoma Thunderbirds by a score of 78-6 on Oct. 11 at Mount Tahoma Stadium.

Wilson maintained its hold on first place in the Narrows League 3A at 4-0, one game ahead of second-place Lincoln.

“We could not have played much better tonight, and we talked to the kids during the week, about not overlooking Mount Tahoma and it paid off,” said Clegg.

The Rams started fast and kicked it into a higher gear early, as Isaiah Simpson found the endzone from 30 yards out on Wilson’s first play from scrimmage. From there they would proceed to score 30 first-quarter points and put the Thunderbirds on their heels for the rest of the night. Simpson would go on to amass 140 yards in the game, with three touchdowns.

“Isaiah’s been doing that for us all year, he’s an elite back,” added Clegg.

Julius Yates-Brown would add to the Wilson ground attack by leading the Rams on the night with 150 yards and three touchdowns, including a 70-yard scamper late in the second quarter just before the half to set up a touchdown. The Rams led 44-0 at the break.

“Julius has been fantastic running the offense for us, he’s made great decisions all season long,” said Clegg.

The third quarter and the second half in general would see liberal substitutions for the Rams, and Mount Tahoma would dent the scoreboard with 4:28 to go in the game when running back Greg Williams would scamper 25 yards for a score.

With this week wrapped up, Clegg and his team turned their thoughts to a tough and improved Foss team at Stadium Bowl. “(Foss head coach) Pat (Johnson) has done a great job this year, and this will be another big game,” he said. “We’ll remind the kids about the importance of this game at hand, and don’t think about Lincoln until the week of Oct. 25. We’ll have our work cut out for us the next two weeks.”