YAKIMA — Jonah Hoe rushed for 276 yards and four touchdowns, while defensive lineman Logan Reardan posted a school-record five sacks as Wa-Hi defeated Davis, 28-18, Friday night in a Mid-Columbia Conference-Big Nine showdown at the Pirates’ Zaepfel Stadium.
The Blue Devils scored the first touchdown of the night on a three-yard rush from Hoe and, thanks to a 4-for-4 performance in extra point tries from kicker Dean Atkinson, never surrendered the lead.
Wa-Hi quarterback Dakota Turner finished 7-for-9 in passing for 32 yards.
For the first time this season, the Blue Devils held an opponent to less than 350 yards of offense. Davis managed just 260 yards against the Blue Devil defense that allowed just eight yards on the ground.
“It’s always a long road trip and we seemed so-so again,” Wa-Hi coach Eric Hisaw said of the first half. “The kids really regrouped well at halftime and just kind of went back to playing Wa-Hi football.”
Hoe got his yards despite a Davis defense that frequently brought stacked the box and sold out to stop the run. Hisaw credited the offensive line with stepping up after halftime.
“Outside of playing with 12, that’s all they could have done (more to stop the run),” Hisaw said. “They really did a good job trying to bottle us up.
“Our credit to what Jonah (Hoe) did was partially to when the offensive line stopped thinking so much and started to play,” he said. “They really re-grouped well at the half, and Jonah just kind of took it upon himself to be a warrior. He just had that will where he refused to go down tonight.”
Wa-Hi drove 69 yards in 13 plays to score its first touchdown of the night, a three-yard trot for Hoe into the end zone with 1:46 remaining in the first quarter.
Carlos Perea-Vijarro answered for Davis on the ensuing kickoff, returning the ball 90 yards for a touchdown. The extra point was blocked, and Wa-Hi retained a 7-6 lead.
The Blue Devils responded with an 80-yard drive that crossed the goal line with just over eight minutes remaining in the half as Hoe once again punched it in from the 3 for the score.
Three minutes later, Davis again answered with an Elias Moctezuma pass to Nikhil Lizotte for an 18-yard score.
The Blue Devils led 14-12 at the half, and the game began to change from there. Wa-Hi’s offensive line started to handle the seven- or eight-man rush Davis brought almost constantly.
Davis, which had constantly been stuffed on runs up the middle, began to go to the air and found success there.
Moctezuma, who did not play last week due to injury, provided almost the entire Davis offense. He passed for 246 yards and two touchdowns on 19-of-29 passing.
Still, the Blue Devils were able to limit Davis to just one touchdown in the second half, a pass from Moctezuma to Perea-Vijarro as time expired.
The Blue Devils, on the other hand, scored twice more to put the game out of reach on two Hoe carries. Wa-Hi scored its final touchdown with 2:07 remaining in the game to put it out of reach.
Atkinson, the senior golfer whose leg again played an important role as Davis failed to convert on first an extra point then a 2-point conversion, had another successful onside kick in the second half.
The Blue Devil defense had its best outing of the year thus far.
During practice in the week before the game, Hisaw had challenged Wa-Hi to hold the Pirates to just 12 points and score 40. Although the Blue Devils didn’t quite meet either mark, Hisaw said he wasn’t counting the kickoff return touch against Wa-Hi’s defense.
“I thought our defense was fantastic tonight,” Hisaw said. “We played three different coverages, we bounced them around a bunch and the kids
did a really nice job. We didn’t really let any big plays bother us. They had a couple long passes, but you’re going to get those once in a
“By and large, I thought they were outstanding,” he said. “They tried to run the ball in the first quarter, and they found out by the third series, it
wasn’t going to happen. The front seven absolutely destroyed the running game.
Wa-Hi hosts Class 3A foe Hanford in an MCC contest Friday at 7 p.m.
Wa-Hi 28, Davis 18
Wa-Hi 7 7 7 7 — 28
Davis 6 6 0 6 — 18
Wa-Hi — Hoe 3 run (Atkinson kick).
Dav — Perea-Vijarro 90 kick return (kick blocked).
Wa-Hi — Hoe 3 run (Atkinson kick).
Dav — Lizotte 18 pass from Moctezuma (pass failed).
Wa-Hi — Hoe 9 run (Atkinson kick).
Wa-Hi — Hoe 2 run (Atkinson kick).
Dav — Perea-Vijarro 4 pass from Moctezuma (no pat attempted).
First downs 19 18
Rushes/yards 51-309 20-8
Passing yards 32 252
Passes (att-comp-int) 9-7-0 33-20-1
Punts 3-114 2-75
Fumbles-lost 2-2 1-1
Penalty yards 9-105 7-55
RUSHING — Wa-Hi: Hoe 36-276-4, Turner 7-(-)20, Gilvey 2-1, Gillin
6-52; Davis: Sifuentes 4-4, Lizotte 1-23, Lewis 6-16, Moctezuma
7-(-)31, Perez 2-(-4).
PASSING — Wa-Hi: Turner 7-9-0 32 yards;Davis: Lizotte 1-3-0 6 yards,
Perea-Vijarro 0-1, Moctezuma 19-29-1 246 yards, 2 TDs.
RECEIVING — Wa-Hi: Hoe 2-3, Gilmore 2-6, Grandstaff 1-15, Gillin 1-5,
Gilvey 1-3; Davis: Perea-Vijarro 6-56 TD, Sanders 1-8, Lizotte 7-131
TD, Sifuentes 4-34, Lewis 2-23.