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Cougars shut out Timberwolves

Lyle/Wishram/Klickitat running back Brandon Montoya (right) gains positive yardage during last Friday’s non-league 11-man football game against Goldendale, in Lyle. The Cougars led 20-0 at halftime on their way to a 22-0 victory.

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Lyle/Wishram/Klickitat running back Brandon Montoya (right) gains positive yardage during last Friday’s non-league 11-man football game against Goldendale, in Lyle. The Cougars led 20-0 at halftime on their way to a 22-0 victory.



Lyle/Wishram/Klickitat earned its first victory of the season last Friday, downing visiting Goldendale, 22-0, in non-league 11-man football action in Lyle.

“It’s great to finally get a win, and against an A school at that,” said Cougars Coach Antoine Montoya. “I believe we get better and better every week.”

The Cougars (1-2) converted three of four first-half takeaways into 20 points against the mistake-prone Timberwolves.

The first of two passes intercepted by Reco Quintero led to LWK’s first touchdown, which came on a short run by Quincy McConville in the first quarter. The run for the 2-point conversion failed.

Later DeSean Leslie intercepted a pass near midfield and returned it deep into Goldendale territory. The turnover set up a short run by Elijah McCullough, whose ensuing run for the conversion gave the Cougars a 14-0 lead.

Late in the second quarter, Brandon Montoya recovered a fumble at LWK’s 10-yard line, after the Timberwolves had put together their best drive of the half.

With time winding down on the clock, LWK quarterback Jeramiah Ostrander heaved the ball down the Cougars’ sideline toward Montoya. The freshman came down with the ball between two Goldendale defenders, who knocked each other off the play. Montoya recovered his balance and raced to the end zone as time expired.

The only scoring of the second half was a safety in the third quarter that made it 22-0.

Montoya led the Cougars offense with 184 total yards on 12 touches (11 rushes for 94 yards, 1 catch for 90).

Sam McCullough ran nine times for 47 yards, McConville picked up 25 yards on six attempts, and Elijah McCullough gained 22 yards on six carries.

Ostrander, who ran five times for 12 yards, completed 5-of-8 passes for 129 yards with no interceptions.

“We have a big game [coming up Saturday] against Kittitas, who is number one in our division,” Montoya said, then added, “One game at a time.



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