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9/26/2013 12:59:00 PM
Huskies handle Wapato and prep for Prosser
Eleazar Pruneda breaks a tackle on his first of two catches of the night playing against the visiting Wapato Wolves Friday, Sept. 13. Photo by Erik Pague.
Eleazar Pruneda breaks a tackle on his first of two catches of the night playing against the visiting Wapato Wolves Friday, Sept. 13. Photo by Erik Pague.
Erik Pague

Facing yet another depleted Wapato Wolves team, the Huskies football squad got their most lopsided win of the year playing at home Friday, Sept. 13, and finished up with a 54-0 shutout. Othello head coach Roger Hoell said his team had a job to do in earning their first league win and did it without risking any injuries from key players in anticipation of a schedule set to become a bit tougher.
"We did exactly what we were supposed to do," he said. "The biggest thing was to come out of there healthy ... with Prosser looming."
After easily picking up 35 points in the first quarter thanks to three touchdowns from senior receiver Randy Gomez and another two from running back Tanner Wagner, the Huskies fielded some junior varsity players who were able to tack on a few more scores and preserved Othello's shutout. Hoell said the fact they were able to pick up right where the varsity left off is a good indicator that their team has enough depth to handle any potential injuries.
"We are really proud of the JV kids," Hoell said. "It's just great to see kids go in there and succeed. Kids experienced what it was like to play a varsity game Friday night under the lights. So, we're really proud of all the kids."
Both backup quarterbacks, junior Andrew Montemayor and freshman Adrian Garza, made connections for touchdowns, while starter Alix Garcia was happy to get a chance to take some shots downfield against Wapato after playing in a more conservative passing game the week before.
"I was kind of happy to throw the ball a little bit and try to get used to it," Garcia said. "The (receivers) ran really good routes all the time and I trust them."
Garcia's first touchdown pass connected with Gomez in the right flat 16 yards from the endzone and a solid block from Eleazar Pruneda allowed him to sail into the endzone untouched.
After the short-yardage screen pass, Garcia threw a 33-yard bomb to Gomez for another score on their next possession and followed up by giving Pruneda a touchdown pass from 32 yards out. Garcia finished 5-for-8 with 98 yards and four touchdown passes before being relieved in the second quarter.
While the Huskies ground game still carried most of the burden, Hoell said opening up the passing game should serve as a good learning experience for Garcia and the receivers.
"That had to be a confidence booster for him," he said. "To have those kinds of games where you can throw the rock around (lets you) gain some confidence not only in your ability, but, in the ability of your receivers."
Those confidence boosts couldn't come at a better time as the Huskies are set to take on Prosser on the road Friday night. This has been a rivalry that's grown in the past few years and Hoell is looking to see the team's tried and true formula work in their favor once again after beating them in the regular season at home last year.
"You have to stick with your philosophy," he said.
Ball control will be the name of the game tomorrow night and Hoell said their strong running game should complement Othello's defense so they can contain Prosser's air attack, which will be looking to capitalize on mismatches in the secondary.

Wapato 0 0 0 0 - 0
Othello 35 6 7 6 - 54

Othello - Randy Gomez 16-yard pass from Alix Garcia (Miguel Gonzalez kick good)
O - Tanner Wagner 22-yard run (Gonzalez kick good)
O - Wagner 11-yard run (kick failed)
O - Gomez 7-yard pass from Garcia (Gonzalez kick good)
O - Gomez 33-yard pass from Garcia (Gonzalez kick good)
O - Eleazar Pruneda 32-yard pass from Garcia (kick failed)
O - Allen Rosales 50-yard pass from Andrew Montemayor (Ben Azevedo)
O - Lorenzo Garza 12-yard pass from Adrian Garza (kick failed)

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