WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Youth Football held its 21st Super Bowl here Saturday at a rainy Martin Field.
In varsity action, Integrity Design and Columbia REA put on an offensive shootout. Integrity went to intermission up 21-20 and REA out scored Integrity 21-6 in the second half.
The Razorbacks claimed the 2012 trophy with a 41-27 win over the Chiefs.
In JV action, Tommy’s 9th Street Auto scored first, but it was all Elks USA after that. Elks scored 28 unanswered points and took the JV championship with a 28-6 win over the auto dealers.
Columbia REA 41, Integrity Design 27
Three plays into this one, Integrity’s Luke Jordan broke a 51-yard run and ran in the extra point for a 7-0 lead with 7:41 left.
REA came back on a 29-yard scoring romp by Taylor Hamada. The Chiefs turned the ball over as Hamada fell on a fumble at the Chiefs’ 27, but Keyan Warren got the ball back as he fell on a Razorback fumble.
Gavin Wolcott converted a third-and-eight with an 11-yard run to keep the Integrity drive alive at REA’s 32. Five plays later, Jordan punched it in from the four and Integrity led 14-7 after one.
The quarter ended with a wet ball being fumbled by REA at its own 11 and Wolcott recovering.
The turnover bug struck the Chiefs as Jared McAlvey recovered a fumble at his own one to turn away Integrity. Javon Handcox ran for 11, and Hamada, as he did consistently on this wet field, broke a 67-yard scoring run to pull the Razorbacks within one at 14-13 with 8:18 left in the half.
“We kept running that dive,” REA coach Moe Handcox said. “We doubled down the center, my tackle kicks the tackle out and it was wide open. We ran it all game long. When we found something that worked, we were going to keep running it.”
REA kept at it as McAlvey broke a 33-yard run to give the Razorbacks their first lead at 20-14 with 2:53 left in the second.
The Chiefs answered as quarterback Joshua Carlile connected with Wolcott on a 12-yard scoring play and the Chiefs went to intermission up 21-10.
Behind the running of Handcox and Hamada, REA marched 43 yards with the second half kick off as Hamada got the last five and REA took the lead back at 27-21.
On the ensuing Integrity possession, Jordan, who ran in motion across the formation and was unstoppable, rumbled 31 yards to set up a first down, and then went the last five to tie this one at 26-26 with 3:35 left in the third.
“He (Jordan) is a pretty talented kid,” coach Handcox said. “I would’ve loved to have him on my team.”
McAlvey gave the Razorbacks the lead for good on the ensuing kick off. McAlvey went 75 yards for the go-ahead score as REA went up 34-27.
Integrity used a 21-yard halfback pass from Jordan to Gavin Gies to spark a drive to the Razorback four as the third period expired.
On a fourth-and-goal from the four, Cole Schmidt broke up a Chiefs pass and REA took over on downs.
Hamada ran for 15, and two plays later, Javon Handcox broke a 63-yard gallop down the far sideline for a 41-27 REA lead with 4:27 left.
The Chiefs took the ensuing drive to the Razorback three before Ethan Naftzger dropped Carlile for a loss and on the next snap, Hamada recovered a fumble at his four and with the help of a Javon Handcox 28-yard punt from his own three, REA held on to win the title.
“It was an offensive battle,” coach Handcox said. “I knew it was going to be like that. I thought we would have to out score them. The kids held through. We picked up eight new kids at the beginning of the year. They were learning and by the end of the year, they had put it together. They did well.”
For the Chiefs, a couple of costly turnovers and the running of Javon Handcox and Hamada just proved too much on this night.
“We had too many little mistakes,” Integrity coach Josh Wolcott said. “Too many turnovers and penalties that we haven’t had all year. It just comes down to that in games like this. Hats off to the Razorbacks. They played a great game and have great players. So do we.
“Our guys come to battle,” coach Wolcott said. “They are a great bunch of kids. All year, we’ve had a great time. It just didn’t work out tonight.”
The win caps coach Handcox’ 11th and final season as youth football coach.
“I enjoy the kids and I like coaching, and this is my last year,” coach Handcox said. “I’ve coached a lot of kids. This (championship) is for all the Razorbacks that have been Razorbacks over all those years.”
The Elks 28, 9th Street Auto 6
Tommy’s 9th Street took the opening kick off and marched 48 yards for a score. Lucas James’ 23-yard gallop and Joe Terry’s six-yard TD run highlighted the drive.
Two plays into the ensuing Elks’ drive, Ethan Zehner broke a 30-yard sprint off right tackle and Jordan Fisk ran in the extra point. The Cougars had the lead for good at 7-6 with 4:31 left in the first.
“We were a little star dazed for the first time (being here),” Elks’ coach Kirk Zehner said. “We started off a little slow. With a little motivation, we played my football. When we play my football, we do really well.”
The Elks drove to the Chiefs’ one to open the second period and fumbled. Jesse Swopes alertly covered the ball for the Elks and Ethan Zehner took the next snap in from the five as the Cougars upped the lead to 14-6.
Ethan Zehner added a 51-yard score in the third and capped his night with a 24-yard punt return in the fourth to run the final to 28-6.
“My boys have been playing tough and we were ready for them (the Chiefs),” coach Zehner said. “Ethan ran like a beast. Our offensive line did a good job to help him run. We did a great job. It’s amazing how far we have come since the beginning of the year.”
The Chiefs got a 27-yard scamper from Terry and a five-yard pass completion from Terry to Tristian Cush to make one last run to the Cougar 15. The Cougars’ Brady Knowles made a tackle for a seven-yard loss and the time ran out on the Chiefs season.
“Their line beat our line,” 9th Street coach Clay Lindsey said. “You’ve got to give it up to them (Elks). They blocked well and ran hard. We lost our starting halfback in the third game, but we were battling through it. Our kids never gave up.”
For Lindsey, a first-year coach and a former Waitsburg star, it was about more than winning.
“We had a fun season,” Lindsey added. “We’re excited to be out here. The kids played hard and I had a great time with them.”
Varsity: Columbia REA 41, Integrity Design 27
Integrity Design 14 7 6 0 — 27
Columbia REA 7 13 14 7 — 41
Int — Jordan 51 run (Jordan run).
REA — Hamada 29 run (Handcox run).
Int — Jordan 4 run (Wolcott pass from Carlile).
REA — Hamada 67 run (run failed).
REA — McAlvey 33 run (Handcox run).
Int — Wolcott 12 pass from Carlile (Jordan run).
REA — Hamada 5 run (Handcox run).
Int — Jordan 10 run (run failed).
REA — McAlvey 75 kick off return (Handcox run).
REA — Handcox 63 run (McAlvey pass from Handcox).
The Elks USA 28, 9th Street Auto 6
9th Street Auto 6 0 0 0 — 6
Elks 7 7 7 7 — 28
9th — Terry 6 run (run failed).
Elks — Zehner 30 run (Fisk run).
Elks — Zehner 5 run (Swopes run).
Elks — Zehner 51 run (Fisk run).
Elks — Zehner 24 punt return (Fisk run).