November 15, 2014 at 12:07 AM
Thanks to the TNT for providing this recap.
By Bart Potter
TUMWATER – Noah Andrews, in his second start at quarterback, did well calling his own number.
He did OK handing off, too. The top-ranked Tumwater Thunderbirds rang up 473 yards on the ground Friday night in a 42-24 victory over Fife in a first-round Class 2A playoff game at Tumwater District Stadium.
Tumwater took two plays from scrimmage to put points on the board: Andrews broke out of a logjam and into the clear on a 65-yard TD run.
Fife’s CJ Polo cruised 91 yards with the kickoff after the T-Bird score, but the Trojans settled for a 26-yard field goal by Omar Murillo.
Tumwater’s Griffin Shea took a handoff at wingback, got a block from teammate Tyrus Snow, and sprinted down the right sideline on a 77-yard scoring run.
The junior Shea gathered in a from Andrews in stride for a 79-yard scoring play to make it 21-3.
A strip of the Fife ballcarrier by T-Bird safety Brogen Lesh set up a two-yard run by Ian Saner to make it 28-3 at halftime.
The Tumwater defense, led by Lesh, Devon Shedd-Kirkland and free safety Andrews, limited Fife to 110 first-half yards.
Trevor Davis returned the second-half kickoff 50 yards into Fife territory, and Snow made it 35-3 with a five-yard TD run.
Fife quarterback Kyle Mozzone had a 67-yard scoring run to make it 35-10. Saner got his second TD for Tumwater on a 28-yard run to make it 42-10.
Fife hung around, getting late TDs of six and one yards from Tanner Knapp (13 rushes, 57 yards) to close the scoring.
Shea finished with 266 total yards on 10 touches, including 123 on only four rushes in the first half. Andrews had 8 carries for 122 yards.
Tumwater (11-0) advances to a home game next weekend against Squalicum, a winner over Orting Friday night. Fife finished its season 7-3.