Enumclaw leads at half, but falls 31-28 to Todd Beamer (Enumclaw Courier Herald Reporting)
Enumclaw High scored first and took an impressive 21-3 lead into the locker room Friday night, but the second half of play brought a much different story.
Flipping their offensive switch and scoring 28 points in the final two quarters, the Todd Beamer Titans escaped the Enumclaw Expo Center with a 31-28 victory over the Hornets.
Enumclaw played its best football of the season during the game’s early stretches. Taylor Beard drew first blood with a 20-yard touchdown run and, moments later, Josh Ennis hauled in an 8-yard TD pass from senior quarterback Jacob Revell. Cameron Terrell added the extra-point kicks and EHS had a 14-0 lead over its highly-regarded NPSL 4A Olympic Division foe.
The Titans put three points on the board with a Dylan Alley field goal, but Enumclaw answered with a long drive on its next possession. The effort was capped when Revell found Kaden Anderson in the right corner of the end zone for the Hornets’ third TD of the night.
Beamer coach Aaron McKay must have delivered a halftime speech for the ages, because his Titans returned to the field with a vengeance. The rally started when Colin McKay returned a punt for a touchdown and continued when Kuma Scanlan bulled his way into the end zone.
Still, Enumclaw held a 21-17 lead as the third quarter came to a close.
That changed when the Titans forced a quick punt, took possession and marched 65 yards for the go-ahead touchdown.
That’s when Enumclaw sprang to life, thanks primarily to some timely aerials delivered by Revell. In going 80 yards and grabbing a 28-24 lead, the Hornet quarterback connected on five of six passes, the scoring toss coming from 12 yards out, again to Anderson.
Unlike the home Hornets, the Titans stuck with a ground game, using a 13-play drive to find the end zone and nearly run out the clock. Each play on the winning drive was a rushing attempt, culminating when Scanlan bulled his way across the goal line with just 70 seconds to play.
Suffering the loss in its first league game, Enumclaw dropped to 1-2 overall. Todd Beamer improved to 2-1 on the season.