North Beach High School celebrated Homecoming 2017 with a parade and halftime festivities that included some stylish cars from days gone by amid hopes for better days to come.
Homecoming Queen Tawni Blankenship and King Brenden Chaney were introduced at halftime during the Hyaks game against Raymond, and even a loss to the rival Gulls couldn’t take the spirit out of the appreciative home crowd at Lt. Jim Davis Field.
In the game, Raymond (1-0, 2-3) marched away with 257 yards rushing en route to a 34-12 SWW Coastal Division win over the Hyaks (0-1, 2-3) .
Raymond senior running back Patrick Edwards became the showcase runner, grabbing the ball 33 times for 181 yards and three touchdowns.
“Letting (Edwards) run six to seven yards up the gut was not in our plan; we have to stop that,” North Beach head coach Travis Cluckey said. “If you can’t stop that, they’re going to score. And, they did that. They’re a great team. We tried to answer that and it looks like we have some issues we have to take care of.”
North Beach stayed in the game after Edwards’ second rushing score when quarterback Steven Sotomish found Keenan Miller for a 47-yard touchdown bomb at 14-6 late in the first quarter.
Sotomish and Miller hooked up again late in the first half to get the Hyaks to within two, 14-12, on a 38-yard touchdown pitch-and-catch.
In the fourth quarter, Raymond closed the door on North Beach with two straight scoring drives. Edwards got his third touchdown run to cap a 55-yard, 11-play drive at 27-12 with 9:22 left. After Tristan Hamlin got an interception on a Sotomish pass, Reese Garcia ended an eight-play, 37-yard drive with a 13-yard touchdown run for the final score.
Both teams will be consulting the game tape over the weekend after they combined for 20 penalties overall.
“Yes, that is something we’re going to work on this week,” Cluckey added. “You can’t win the game like that.”
On Oct. 7, North Beach will visit Ocosta.
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