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October 24, 2008 at 11:12 PM

Trojans run, run, run to another win

Jeff Gouveia has a way of finding the end zone. And the fourth-ranked Auburn Trojans have a way of grinding out long drives then they need to.

Gouveia scored all three Auburn touchdowns, giving him 22 for the season, as the Trojans held off a tough Tahoma team tonight, 21-9. It was just 14-9 in the fourth quarter — Auburn’s first close game in more than a month — but an eight-minute, 75-yard drive doused Tahoma’s upset hopes.

The Trojans rushed for their customary 400-plus yards, and tonight they finally got the trifecta they’ve come so close to achieving in several games: three players over 100 yards each. Gouveia led the way with 146, followed by Carlo Lavoie (117) and Chris Young (110).

Stop ’em if you can.

Actually, Tahoma did a pretty good job of it in the second half, but couldn’t come up with the key stops in that final drive, when Gouveia converted two fourth downs.

The Trojans (8-0, 7-0) win the SPSL 4A North Division crown and are assured of the No. 1 berth into the district playoffs. This is a team that could be playing in the Tacoma Dome. But they have some fine tuning to do. A pair of lost fumbles in the first half were costly tonight.

Tahoma (5-3, 5-3), which has a nonleague game with Graham-Kapowsin next week, looked playoff worthy in many ways. But the Bears must get some help to land one of the SPSL North’s three remaining spots. Kentwood (6-2, 5-2) is looking good after tonight’s win over Kentridge (4-4, 3-4) and Federal Way (6-2, 5-2) stays in control by beating Kent-Meridian.

Kentlake (3-4, 3-3), on a four-game slide after a 3-0 start, is still a factor, but must beat Auburn Riverside (3-4, 2-4) tomorrow night and knock off Kentwood next week.

We’ll be addressing all of the possible scenario’s this week, so stay tuned.

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