Central Washington State High School Football Championshipsby Representative Dan Newhouse
Posted on 2016-01-05
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Mr. NEWHOUSE. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to offer congratulations to
four high school teams that continue to establish Central Washington as
the football powerhouse of Washington State.
On December 5, (13-1) the Prosser High School Mustangs rolled over the Tumwater Thunderbirds to claim the Washington State 2A High School Football Championship. Led by a stellar defense, the Mustangs amassed four interceptions for the third time in the playoffs. This is Prosser's fifth state football championship.
Not to be outdone, the (13-1) Okanogan High School Bulldogs pulled off an amazing, nail-bitter win that you usually only see in the movies. Rallying from a 27-14 third quarter deficit, the Bulldogs pulled off a late-fourth quarter touchdown to defeat the Napavine Tigers 36-34. This was Okanogan's second straight Washington State 2B High School Football Championship.
Central Washington teams proved very successful in other divisions as well. In a Knights versus Knights face-off, the Royal High School Knights defeated the Kings' High School Knights in the Washington State 1A High School Championship. The win secured Royal's perfect (14-0) season, their first championship since 2007, and the school's fifth title. Particularly commendable is Royal's defense, which allowed a mere four and a half points average scored against the team throughout the season.
Finally, in another nerve-wracking finale, the (13-1) Almira Coulee Hartline High School Warriors edged out Lummi Nation Blackhawks 46-42 for the Washington State 1B High School Football title. Almira Coulee Hartline entered the fourth quarter down 42-38, but after recovering a Lummi fumble on the one yard line, the Warriors began a 99 yard drive that ended with a three yard touchdown with just a minute and a half left on the clock. This was also Almira Coulee Hartline's first title since 2007, and the school's third state championship.
Every one of these teams has proudly represented their school. These teams have demonstrated the level of skill, teamwork, and tenacity that will prepare them well for future seasons and for future success in life. Congratulations to Prosser, Okanogan, Royal, and Almira Coulee Hartling on a well-played football season.