Hornets warm up for playoffs with trouncing of Chief Leschi

PUYALLUP – Oroville warmed up for the start of the state 2B playoffs with a 72-0 victory over Chief Leschi of Puyallup on Saturday, Nov. 3.

The Hornets held Chief Leschi to minus-2 yards of total offense for the game, including -54 yards on the ground.

Oroville led 33-0 after the first quarter and 53-0 at the half. The entire second half was played under a running clock.

“They had a spectacular new stadium,” said Oroville coach Tam Hutchinson. “So it was a good experience for the kids to play on a field like that.

“We didn’t try to run it up on them. We had most of our starters out pretty early and everyone got to play a lot.”

The Hornets only needed 184 yards of offense and didn’t attempt a pass in the blowout victory.

Luke Kindred rushed for 80 yards on five carries with touchdown runs of three, 36 and 35 yards.

Dustin Nigg added 67 yards on five carries, including scoring runs of one and 10 yards; Tanner Smith had 22 yards rushing on two carries and a touchdown; and Eddie Ocampo had 15 yards and a touchdown.

Only three of Oroville’s eight scoring drives covered more than 35 yards and none took more than three plays to complete. The Hornets also scored on EZ Delgado’s fumble recovery in the end zone, Smith’s 52-yard punt return and Kindred’s 40-yard return of an interception.

Delgado, Mick Fulmer, Sean DeWitte, Blaine Weaver and Nigg led Hornets’ defense statistically.

The Hornets (6-4) play Waitsburg-Prescott (9-1) at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, at Edgar Brown Stadium in Pasco. They already knew of their playoff position before taking the field for Saturday’s game. Liberty Bell’s 33-27 loss to White Swan the previous night locked up the Central Washington League’s third seed to state. The Chief Leschi game, a non-league contest, had no bearing on the playoffs.