Saturday, December 1, 2007

ACH Warriors Win State

Almira/Coulee-Hartline turns tables in 1B final
Warriors avenge lone loss behind Goodwin, West

TACOMA -- The Almira/Coulee-Hartline Warriors stopped the rival Odessa Tigers three times inside the 5-yard line and found their own scoring groove for a 38-14 victory in the 1B state championship game Friday at the Tacoma Dome.

The victory avenged a 56-6 drubbing by the Tigers (13-1) on Sept. 21.

"They outplayed us and their crowd outyelled us," Odessa coach Bruce Todd said.

ACH (13-1) took an early lead it would never relinquish when senior quarterback Josh Goodwin scrambled 51 yards for a touchdown less than two minutes into the game.

The Warriors added a two-point conversion on a pass to Nate West.

That was the only scoring in the first half as the ACH defense denied two Odessa drives inside the 5-yard line.

"Our defense did a great job," Warriors coach Brandon Walsh said. "They really put a great effort out there tonight."

West hauled in a 5-yard touchdown pass early in the third quarter and Goodwin added the conversion run to give ACH a 16-0 lead, but the Tigers still had some life.

Bryce Todd cut the lead in half with an 86-yard kickoff return, with Jacob Schmidt tacking on a conversion run.

The Warriors defense denied the Tigers for the third time inside the 5-yard line when a Ryan King pass was deflected in the end zone.

The Warriors pulled away with it from there.

On first down from the Odessa 32, Goodwin spun and sprinted his way into the end zone to make it 24-8.

Twenty-five seconds later, Schmidt, who gave ACH nightmares in the teams' previous meeting, scored from 64 yards out on a hook-and-lateral play to make it 24-14.

Four minutes later, ACH's Jordan Hughes leaped into the end zone from 1 yard out for a 30-14 advantage.

Chants of "We are Warriors" increased in volume as West picked off a King pass and returned it 27 yards for a touchdown, and a conversion pass to Zack Pryor ended the scoring.

"This means a lot," Hughes said. "We came out and avenged our earlier loss and have been underdogs the whole year.

"As a senior this is a great way to leave as a Warrior."

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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Seattle, WA 98119
SWS Note: ACH High School is a team that uses the I, Shotgun and Single-Wing, from Hartline, WA. They are heading into the 1B Washington State Championship Game. They play eight-man football.
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