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By Garth Meyer
Gazette Reporter 

Lyle/Wishram tames Eagles


September 19, 2019

Boys from the two towns across the river from the Dalles, Ore., came to LaCrosse Sept. 13 for a 54-16 football win over the Eagles.

Playing at LaCrosse for a home game, St. John/ Endicott/LaCrosse lost to the team that ended Garfield/Palouse’s season last year in the first round of the playoffs.

A year later, in the regular season against SJEL – as a new member of the Southeast 1B for football – Lyle/Wishram’s No. 20 again proved decisive.

“A really good running back, with some decent blocking, that’s basically what it was,” said Eagles coach Rich Hallenius of Lyle/Wishram senior Brandon Montoya. “I’ve got one kid that can almost catch him.”

At a camp at Entiat this summer, both teams attended and SJEL’s Doug Stach, a junior halfback/defensive end, contended with Montoya for fastest man in camp. No. 20 won.

In last week’s game, Stach ran the ball for 71 yards for the Eagles on 13 carries and Wyatt Walker had three receptions for 81 yards.

At quarterback for St. John/Endicott/LaCrosse, starter Dylan Campbell injured his hand in the fourth quarter and Trey Fleming, a senior from LaCrosse, took over, scoring a touchdown on a 30-yard run.

On the offensive and defensive line, SJEL played without Kameron Greenhalgh the entire game. He was out with the flu.

The team expects him back Friday when they travel to Sunnyside Christian, another league game. The Knights (1-1) have beaten Yakama Tribal and lost to DeSales.

St. John/Endicott/ LaCrosse’s next home game is at St. John Sept. 27 against Colton. It will be their one repeat league game for the regular season.

DeSales 62, Colton 20

Colton dropped to 0-2 on the season with a home loss to the Irish Sept. 13.

Wildcats quarterback Chris Wolf threw for two touchdowns and ran for two. One of Wolf’s touchdowns was a 56-yard run that put Colton ahead early.

Trent Druffel also scored two touchdowns for Colton, one on a 66-yard pass play from Wolf and another a 5-yard score. Colton will play next at home again Sept. 20 against Yakama Tribal (0-1).

Game time is 7 p.m.


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