Last Friday's homecoming celebration in Lyle was subdued as visiting Echo, Ore., handed Lyle its first shutout loss of the 2002 football season, 45-0.
The Cougars, who fell to 0-6 with the loss, have three games remaining on their schedule, including this Saturday's contest against Liberty Christian. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Hanford High School in north Richland.
Against Echo, Lyle failed to generate an offensive threat and reach the end zone for the first time in six games.
The Cougars ran only 26 plays and finished with 121 yards of total offense (82 passing, 39 rushing).
Junior quarterback Justin Carlson completed 5-of-14 passes, including two to senior end Tyler Essex for 46 yards, and one each for 12 yards to senior Moses Ibarra, senior Jesse Spalding and sophomore Devan Essex.
Ibarra led the ground game, picking up 18 yards in five attempts. Sophomore Callan Johnson added 15 yards on four carries.
At Ione (Ore.) JV 36, Lyle JV 22 --
Lyle's junior varsity of freshmen and sophomores had two long touchdowns called back by penalties in a losing cause Monday.
The Junior Cougars got big ground games from sophomores Callan Johnson, Devan Essex and Andrew McElroy, who combined for 384 of Lyle's 406 yards of total offense.
Johnson carried 15 times for 170 yards and two touchdowns. Essex gained 117 yards and scored once in nine attempts. McElroy made 11 rushes and missed the century mark by 3 yards.
Freshman Travis Cleveland split time at quarterback with Essex and added 16 yards on four carries. Freshman Paul Jones carried twice for six yards.
All told, the Junior Cougars ran 46 plays from scrimmage. Five of those were passing plays, three of which resulted in Ione interceptions.
At Ilwaco 35, Ridgefield 7 --
The Fishermen scored 29 unanswered points and held Spudders standout Jonny Peru scoreless en route to their third Trico Division victory last Friday.
Ilwaco put the game's first six points on the board with a 92-yard pass play on its first offensive play.
Ridgefield countered with a 40-yard run by Jordan Davis and a successful point-after kick for a 7-6 lead.
But the Fishermen won the game going away with a 29-point barrage in the final three quarters.
In the process of handing Ridgefield its third league loss, Ilwaco limited Peru to 73 rushing yards. In the Spudders' first five games, the junior tailback had averaged more than 180 yards on the ground and had scored 13 touchdowns.
Woodland 48, at Stevenson 0 --
The Beavers dominated both sides of scrimmage last Friday while out-gaining the winless Bulldogs, 408 to 64.
Three Woodland players scored two touchdowns apiece to lead the Beavers to the Trico Division win.
Sam Ritter ran for two TDs and 91 yards in nine attempts.
Jarrod Barrow (7-10, 107 yards passing) and Jake Hanes also found the end zone twice. One of Hanes' TDs came on a 15-yard interception return.
Of Stevenson's 64 yards of total offense, 49 came on one play.
At Nooksack Valley 40, Castle Rock 0 --
The Rockets' Nathan Roubicek threw an interception on the game's opening drive and the Pioneers scored five plays later to set the tone for last Saturday's non-league contest in Everson.
Castle Rock, in losing for the second time this season, managed just 188 yards of total offense (102 on the ground, 86 through the air, with three interceptions).