By Rongi Yost

Outlaws win over Thurston JV


Last updated 10/5/2022 at Noon


Justin DeSmet breaks loose for a touchdown as the Outlaws took on 5A powerhouse Thurston’s JV squad.

The Outlaws football squad had a bye last week, but they didn’t lay back. The team scheduled a contest against 5A Thurston JV. Sisters defeated the Colts 48-20 on Saturday, October 1, on a beautiful sunny afternoon.

The Outlaws hit the field ready to play, and quickly marched down the field. They scored on their first possession of the game on a 10-yard rushing touchdown by Justin DeSmet. The Outlaws defense held the Colts on the next series and the Outlaws offense got back to work. Two plays later, Tony Gonzalez busted through the middle of the Thurston defense and scored on a 35-yard rushing TD. Brody Duey was good on both PAT attempts and at the close of the first period Sisters held a 14-0 lead.

Early in the second quarter the Outlaws put together an eight-play drive, capped by an 18-yard TD pass to Ben Cooper. Just a short while later, DeSmet came up with an interception, which set up the offense for another TD run by Adam Maddox-Castle, which pushed the Outlaws to a 28-0 lead.

With approximately five minutes left in the half, the Colts scored a touchdown, but the PAT failed. Thurston narrowed the gap to 28-6.

Just over a minute later, DeSmet punched the ball into the end zone from the one-yard line and extended the Outlaw’s lead to 35-7.

Thurston didn’t go away quietly. The Colts scored again with two-and-a-half minutes left in the half and made good on their two-point conversion attempt. At the half, the Outlaws were ahead 35-7.

Sisters had possession of the football to start the second half, and it took less than a minute for them to find the end zone. Maddox-Castle ran the ball for the 10-yard touchdown and the Outlaws went up 41-14.

The Outlaws’ defense took the field, stopped the Colts’ passing attack, and Sisters’ offense was quickly back on the field. Reese Larrabee punched the ball in from the seven-yard line on a dive play, which put Sisters on top 48-14.

The Colts managed to score once more, but Sisters had put the game out of reach, and the game ended with a 48-20 Outlaw victory.

Quarterback Easton Moore went six-for-nine for 124 yards passing, and one passing TD. DeSmet had 11 rushes for 130 yards, and two rushing TDs, Maddox-Castle made nine rushes for 69 yards and two rushing TDs, and Gonzalez had eight rushes for 76 yards and one rushing TD. Larrabee, Ethan Eby, Kayle Mock, Moore, and Hunter Bronson also contributed in rushing yards for a total of 309 rushing yards.

Ben Cooper had two receptions for 51 yards, and one TD. Larrabee made two catches for 39 yards, and Maddox-Castle two receptions for 34 yards for a total of 124 receiving yards. Sisters finished with 433 total offensive yards.

DeSmet led the defense with seven tackles and one interception. Sellers recorded five tackles, Larrabee and Hudson Symonds logged four, and Hayden Kunz and Jessey Murillo added two tackles each.

Coach Clayton Hall said, “Our focus as a team this week was to execute our plays on both offense and defense, and I felt like our boys did that. I hope this level of play carries over into our next four league games. We are really working hard to make the playoffs, and our team feels that they can accomplish this goal if they execute on both sides of the ball.”

Sisters will play at home against Creswell on Friday, October 7. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.


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