The Shelton football team lost to White River Friday 21 to 14. (Click here to watch the game.)

The game was scoreless until the 2:10 mark of the third quarter when the Highclimbers got on the board first with a three-yard run by Jayden Fuller, capping a 59-yard drive.

The Hornets responded on their next possession, also going 59 yards. On 4th & 11 from the Shelton 17, White River’s Devin Zweifel caught a pass from quarterback Tyson Campbell to tie the game.

The Hornet defense then forced a three-and-out and White River’s special teams also stepped up. Zweifel blocked the punt, Payne Plaster scooped the ball up and ran 40 yards for the touchdown, giving the Hornets their first lead: 14-7 with 7:15 remaining in the game.

Shelton then went 75 yards on five plays to tie the game. The drive included a 55-yard pass from Mason Goos to Gabriel Menefee and Fuller punching it in from two yards out with 6:05 left.

White River then took nearly five minutes off the clock and drove to the Highclimber 43 yard line where the Shelton defense forced the Hornets into a 4th & 15. However, White River gambled with a fake punt and Plaster scrambled for what turned out to be the game-winning TD.

Shelton did have a last drive from their own 49 with 1:15 remaining. The Highclimbers had some last-second heroics: on a 4th & 27, Goos launched a long pass that was caught by Matai Leisam at the Hornet 36 with 24 seconds remaining. Goos then scrambled to the 28 but the game ended with an interception by White River’s Xavier Braun in the end zone off a deflection. Braun ran out of the end zone and time expired.

The Hornets picked up their first win and head to Orting next Friday to open South Puget Sound League play.

The ‘Climbers start Evergreen Conference play next Friday against Centralia on Jack Stark Field at Highclimber Stadium.

Gerry Apple
Final Score= 21 TO 14 in favor of White River
• First downs-
Shelton- 12
White River 15
• Rushing
Shelton – 39 yards
White River–215 yards

• Passing
Shelton – 12 passes completed for 130 yards
White River- 6 completed passes for 65 yards
• TOTAL yards- Shelton- 169 yards
White River-271 yards

• Leading Ball Carriers
#4 Tyrell Stewart- 6 carries for 8 yards
#22 Bradley Eleton-2 carries for -3 yards
#23 Jayden Fuller- 10 carries 16 yards
# 9 Mason Goos- 6 carries for 6 yards

White River
#34 – Payne Plaster- 24 carries for 126 yards
#8 – Campbell- 12 carries for 22 yards
#20 – Poulin- 12 carries for 67 yards

• Penalties
Shelton – 6 penalties for 55 yards
White River- 12 penalties for 110 yards
• Completed Passing
Shelton 12 completed passes out of 20 attempts
White River 6 completed passes out of 12 attempts

• Leading Receivers
#10-Dante Trikoff- 6 catches for19 yards
#14 – Lucas Szalonek- 2 catches for 18 yards
#3 Gabriel Menefee-1 catch for 55 yards
#22 Bradley Eleton- 2 catches for 4 yards
# 4 Tyrell Fuller- 2 catches for 4 yards

White River-
# 4 Lyle Dolojan – 1 catch for 0
#7 Nathan Peckham 4 catches for 56 yards
#22 Devin Zweifel – 1 catch for 9 yards

Shelton- 1 – block punt and an interception
White River- none

• Scoring Summary
Shelton- 3 yd TD by Jayden Fuller
PAT is good by Brendon Keizar
2 yd TD by Fuller
PAT is good by Keizar

White River-
missed field goal
46 yard TD run by Plaster
Linkin Argo- PAT is good
18 yard completed pass to Devin Zweifel
Argo- PAT is good
Plaster picked up a block punt returned 44 yards for TD
Argo- PAT is good

Interesting facts:
37 yd kickoff return by Stewart
25 yd kickoff return by Eleton
Nice punts by Tyrell Stewart (51, 40, 50, 46) 5 punts, 48 yard average per punt

Defense standouts
Blaze Anderson
Ryan Mackiewicz
Brad Tiller