The North Mason football team took advantage of Shelton errors and turnovers to win the Mason County Cup for the second time Friday as the Bulldogs knocked off the Highclimbers 21 to 12 on MasonWebTV Powered by HCC.
Shelton scored first taking their second drive 83 yards with Travis Colbenson going 17 yards for the touchdown. However, the point after attempt was blocked.
North Mason responded by going 80 yards. Tyler Thomas dove into the end zone from two-yards out. The Bulldogs took the lead after Gary Thomas kicked the point after.
In the third qarter, the Highclimbers took back the lead, driving 81 yards – aided by a key penalty on fourth down that kept the Shelton drive alive – and ‘Climbers’ quarterback Evan Rhodes threw a five-yard TD pass to Max Johnson but a two-point conversion failed. Shelton led 12 to 7.
North Mason’s offense then became a bit ineffective but a punt pinned Shelton deep. After a penalty, the ‘Climbers were on their five yard line when a Bulldog forced a fumble in the end zone and recovered it for a touchdown. And with the extra point, North Mason took a two-point lead: 14 to 12.
On Shelton’s next drive, the Highclimbers went from their 39 to the Bulldogs’ 29 but that is where the Shelton offense stalled.
After forcing North Mason to punt and getting the ball back in good field position with about a minute and a half to go, The Bulldogs’ Reese Smelcer had a “pick six” intercepting a Rhodes pass and returning it 63 yards for the boys from Belfair’s final score.
North Mason took advantage of four Shelton turnovers (two fumbles and two interceptions) that resulted in 14 points.
The Bulldogs have now won two of the six Mason County Cups. Their next game is at Phil Pugh Stadium against Klahowya.
The Highclimbers’s next game is at home against the second ranked team among Class 3A schools, O’Dea. That game at Highclimbers Stadium will be on MasonWebTV Powered by HCC.