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October 16, 2009 at 11:47 PM

Enumclaw goes for (and gets) glory

No guts, no glory, right?

Well, Enumclaw football coach Don Bartel showed he’s got plenty of guts when he had the Hornets go for it on fourth-and-1 from the 12-yard line tonight — their own 12-yard line — with less than seven minutes to play in tonight’s key contest with Bonney Lake.

He called time out and when he sent the offense back on the field, I — and pretty much everyone around me at Pete’s Pool — thought Enumclaw simply would try to draw the Panthers offside in an effort to preserve a 26-20 victory.

But, no, the Hornets really did go for it and Austin Grau got 25 yards on the play.

That was just one of many wild moments in this game, which Enumclaw ultimately won 32-27 to maintain a share of second place in the South Puget Sound League 3A. The Hornets are 5-1 in league play, 6-1 over — just like Peninsula, the team they play next week.

Now, if you’ve never been to Pete’s Pool in Enumclaw, you’ve missed a throw-back field with a huge crown and grass that quickly turns to mud on nights like this, where it poured throughout the first quarter. And you’ve missed a scoreboard that works on and off, and was off tonight for second half.

Bonney Lake (4-3, 3-3) dove right in and jumped up 20-0 on three big plays from Tyler Babukas before Enumclaw took command.

You can read my game story, but here’s a couple more things that didn’t make it to print, thanks to space and time constrictions. Not too long after the Hornets converted that fourth down, quarterback Riley Carel (three TD passes) threw an interception that gave Bonney Lake new life. But on the very next play Jake Christiansen came up with a pick of his own at the Bonney Lake 18 and Grau scored three plays later for a 32-20 lead.

The Hornets needed that insurance TD, which came with about 1:25 to play, according to the PA announcer. About 20 seconds later, Bonney Lake got back on the scoreboard with a 22-yard pass from Cole Schuler to Austin Marshall. But the onside kick failed to travel the required 10 yards before being touched and Enumclaw was able to run out the clock.

When it was all said and done, you could barely read the mud-covered jerseys of some of the players — particularly that of Enumclaw’s Andrew Gamblin, who was a true workhorse (24 carries, 146 yards).

Coach Bartel was fired-up after the game, running to his team’s huddle with a fist-pump and yelling, “How does that feel?”

Feels like you should never count Enumclaw out. That game at Peninsula should be exciting, too — the Seahawks barely held off surprising White River tonight, 17-13.

White River (4-3, 4-3) is still in the playoff hunt and, after a nonleague game next week against Foss of Tacoma, tangles with rival Enumclaw in what is dubbed the Battle of the Bridge (a bridge over the White River separates the two communities).

Bonney Lake isn’t out of the playoff picture either and has completed the toughest part of its schedule. Top-ranked Lakes is almost a lock for the top spot, which leaves three berths up for grabs between Bonney Lake, Enumclaw, Peninsula and White River (all have lost to Lakes).

So stay tuned. We’ll see who ends up with the glory two weeks from now.

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