That’s a wrap!

Fife junior running back Junior Faualo (#7) and the Trojan offense had some success running inside on the Lynden defense early. However, instead of pounding away, the Trojans began running plays to the outside, only to have the Lions snuff out their attempts. By halftime, Lynden had gained the momentum and the Trojans had to resort to more of a passing game than they probably had wished for. Photo by Rocky Ross.

There is still a weekend of championship football to be played at the Tacoma Dome, but for Tacoma-area high school teams, the fall athletics season has come to a close. The area’s hopes for one last state championship this fall were dashed when the final whistle blew on the state football semifinals.
Entering the football semifinal weekend, the Puyallup Vikings and the Fife Trojans were still in the mix for a shot at a championship contest under the bright lights of the Tacoma Dome. A late comeback thwarted Puyallup’s title aspirations, while a cascade of touchdowns closed out the season for Fife.
Puyallup took their high-flying offense south for a rematch against the top-ranked Union Titans on Saturday, Nov. 24. The Vikings were hoping to exact a little payback for a comeback victory by the Titans in late September. Instead, it turned into another case of deja vu for the local boys. Midway through the fourth quarter, Union was finally able to tie the game up after trailing 28-14 early in the third quarter. Puyallup was unable to answer with a score of their own after getting dinged for an intentional grounding penalty, which turned into a third-and-22 situation that they were unable to overcome.
The Titans answered with a 77-yard drive that ended with a 16-yard touchdown run with just under three minutes to play. Union’s defense kept the Vikings away from the end-zone to end the game, capping a 21-minute stretch where they held Puyallup scoreless. The Vikings ended their successful season with an impressive 11-2 record.
Closer to home, a big crowd filled both sets of stands at Sparks Stadium to witness the 2A state semifinal match-up between perennial powerhouse Lynden and the host squad from Fife. The teams played to a stalemate for much of the first half, and it looked as though this contest was going to go deep into the fourth quarter.
With less than two minutes to go in the second quarter, the Fife defense was flagged for having too many players on the field. Just as Lynden hiked the ball, the 12th defender for the Trojans was trying to sprint off the field of play, but was still a few yards short of the sidelines. The Trojans were nailed for 15 yards on the play. On the next snap, Lynden’s quarterback tucked the ball away and found a hole up the middle of the field. The tall signal caller sprinted 50 yards to the end-zone and the scoreless tie was snapped.
Fife was unable to answer on the offensive side of the ball and punted away with some time left on the clock for the Lions. Instead of taking a 7-0 lead into the locker rooms, Lynden took to the air. A deep pass down the sidelines on what appeared to be a blown coverage by the defense, turned into a 75-yard catch and run for the Lions. The fortunes for the Trojans were up-ended in just two plays and things would not improve for them in the second half.
Lynden would tack on 21 more points in the second half for a 31-0 runaway victory that looked nothing like the first half of the ball game. The Trojans’ outstanding season ended with an 11-2 record.
In other area state tournament happenings, the Gig Harbor girls’ soccer team completed a sensational season on Saturday, Nov. 17. The Tides held off a strong showing by Holy Names Academy to capture the 3A state championship by a score of 2-1. It was a remarkable season for the Tides as they finished the season with a perfect 23-0 record. In those contests, Gig Harbor yielded a grand total of just 11 goals, while scoring 102 on the season.
On Saturday, Nov. 3, Bellarmine Prep freshman Ella Borsheim shocked the cross country field at the 4A state meet to capture the gold medal with a time of 17:36.10. Borsheim dominated the event, clocking in more than 26 seconds before the runner-up. On the same day, Charles Wright junior Adam Briejer crossed the finish line first to claim the 1A state championship with a time of 16:19.50.
On Saturday, Nov. 10, Fife junior Taylor Bloedorn captured the 2A one-meter diving state championship with a toal of 323.20 points, more than 12 points ahead of the runner-up. The championship by Bloedorn would prove to be the only gold medal for area swimmers and divers at the 4A, 3A and 2A state meet at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way.
Sports will now be moving indoors for the winter, with basketball, wrestling and boys’ swimming getting into full swing. Stay tuned for our Tacoma Weekly All-City Football and Girls’ Soccer Teams coming out next week.

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