The Shelton football team rallied from 16 points down and lead by one late before Klahowya responded and the Eagles beat the Highclimbers 22 to 17 Saturday.
Klahowya’s got on the board first with a safety. The Eagle’s Jake Manavie extended that lead to 9-0 with a pick-six late in the first half, returning the interception 17 yards for the score.
Shelton responded with a recovered fumble followed by a 32-yard pass from Mason Goos to Lukas Szalonek and a quick spike by the sophomore quarterback that to up a 26-yard field goal for Hunter Borgault and the teams headed to halftime with Klahowya up 9 to 3.
To open the third quarter, the Eagles went 51 yards in three plays to increase their to 16 to 3.
The Highclimbers’ offense started their rally in the fourth quarter. On a 4th & 10 from the 35, Goos hit Danny Mendiola-Lopez in stride for Shelton’s first touchdown of the game, making the score 16 to 10.
Shelton’s defense then stiffened and Zach Speaks intercepted a pass but a penalty put the ‘Climbers offense on their own 12 yardline. One play later, Mendiola-Lopez took a Goos’ pass 88 yards to tie the game and Borgault gave Shelton their first lead 17-16 with 4:41 remaining.
However, Klahowya responded, going 53 yards on two plays in less than 20 seconds but the Highclimbers stopped the Eagle’s two-point conversion attempt and Klahowya took the lead back at 22 to 17.
Shelton went three and out in their next possession but the ‘Climber defense made Klahowya go backwards and forced a punt giving Shelton a chance with under two minutes remaining. However, the Highclimbers were only able to get to the 47 before the Eagles ended the threat with an interception.
With the win, Klahowya improves to 2-and-1 on the season while Shelton drops to 1-and-3.
Shelton was led by freshman Conner Gilman who rushed for 109 yards in his first varsity start. Mason Goos completed 4 of 17 passes.
The Highclimbers return to Jack Stark Field Friday to take on North Mason in the Mason County Cup and the Battle for the Axe. Kick off is set for 7 PM on MasonWebTV Powered by HCC.
GERRY APPLE STATISTICS FOR SHELTON VS. KLAHOWYA- MARCH 6, 2021
- First downs
Shelton: 43 carries for 140 yards
Klahowya: 29 carries for 96 yards
Shelton: 4 receptions for 178 yards
Klahowya: 9 receptions for 113 yards
- TOTAL yards
Shelton: 318 yards
Klahowya: 209 yards
- Leading Ball Carriers
#8 Conner Gillman – 23 carries for 109 yards
#9 Mason Goos – 2 carries for -14 yards
#28 Dominic Dixson – 7 carries for 16 yards
# 27 Colton Fisk – 2 carries for -1 yard
#20- Gavin Gould 8 carries for 30 yards
#3- 15 carries for 0 yards- thrown for some big losses
#24- 11 carries for 75 yards
#16- 3 carries for 21 yards
Shelton – 9 penalties for 80 yards
Klahowya-8 penalties for 65 yards
- Completed Passing
Shelton -4 passes for 178 yards
Klahowya- 9 passes for 113 yards
- Leading Receivers
#5 Danny MendIola-Lopez- 5 receptions for 123 yards
#27 Fisk – 2 reception for 23 yards
#14 Lukas Szalonek – 1 reception for 40 yards
#24- 5 receptions for 73 yards
#8- 1 reception for no yards
#15- 2 receptions for 33 yards
#16- 1 reception for 7 yards
Shelton- 5- 2 interceptions and 3 fumbles
Klahowya-4- 4 turnovers- 2 interc0eptions and 2 fumbles
#77 John Michael Escobedo and #44 Zach Speaks made an interceptions
- Scoring Summary
26 -yard Field goal good by Hunter Bourgault
PAT good by Hunter Bourgault -2 for 2
35-yard TD pass to #5
88-yard TD pass to #5
51 yd pass play to #24
53 yd TD run for #24
safety-bad snap by Shelton
interception by #16- 18 yards for TD
2 Pt. PAT- no good
2- 2 on 1 PT PATS
good kicking game for Klahowya and Shelton
good defensive rush for Shelton
overall good pass defense by Shelton