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LWK running back Brandon Montoya bounces a run outside defensive containment during last Friday’s State 1B Tournament play-in game in Lyle. The Cougars shut out the Timberwolves, 46-0, to clinch a spot in this weekend’s State quarterfinal round. LWK travels to Quincy on Saturday to play the Entiat Tigers.

A 46-0 victory over Tekoa-Rosalia last Friday advanced Lyle/Wishram/-Klickitat into the quarterfinal round of the 2019 WIAA State 1B football tournament.

The win was the Cougars’ second  this season against the Timberwolves, who lost to LWK, 64-36, on Nov 1 in Lyle, in the game that decided first place in the Southeast 1B League.

Senior running back Brandon Montoya rushed 16 times for 274 yards and four touchdowns, and also returned one of his two interceptions for a score to lead the Cougars (9-2).

LWK won’t have a home-field ad-vantage in their next outing, which takes place on Saturday in Quincy, where the Cougars will take on the Entiat Tigers (9-2) starting at 1 p.m. The winner will move on to a State semifinal matchup on Nov. 30 at a time and place to be determined.

“We felt Tekoa-Rosalia wasn’t going to change a lot coming back to play us and we knew we messed up on some stuff to give them some points the last time we played them,” said Cougars Coach Antoine Montoya, and added, “We had a lot of missed opportunities but we did a lot of things right, too.”

LWK got on the scoreboard 6 minutes into the first quarter on a 50-yard scoring run by Montoya. They hiked their lead to 12-0 with 3:55 to go on a 69-yard bomb from quarterback Cruz Montoya to wide receiver Wyatt Jones (81 total yards on two touches).

The Cougars tacked on 20 points in the second quarter. Montoya scored around end from 2 yards out at 9:11, then broke loose for another 50-yard touchdown with 5:16 to go in the half. He pushed the lead to 32-0 with a 40-yard pick-six at the 2-minute mark.

Montoya added a 45-yard TD run barely 3 minutes into the third quarter to push the lead to 38-0.

Aaron Smith’s 6-yard scoring run at 7:07 made it 44-0. The running clock commenced on the ensuing kickoff.

Smith finished with 67 yards rushing and led the defense with 14 solo tackles. Montoya recorded eight solo tackles and Robbie Dorr made one interception.

The LWK defense, moreover, tallied three quarterback sacks, three interceptions, and three fumble recoveries.

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