MOSES LAKE — Moses Lake could not overcome three first-half interceptions in its loss to West Valley, 51-0.
The Rams (1-3, 2-5) and Chiefs (0-4, 0-7) began the contest with only one combined win, however, West Valley was no ordinary one-win team. The Rams entered Friday on a three-game losing streak within the Columbia Basin Big Nine, losing to the league’s top three — Wenatchee, Sunnyside and Eastmont — by a combined 15 points.
Hungry for a win, the Rams led 30-0 at halftime and never allowed room for a Chiefs comeback.
Moses Lake’s defense, like it’s done throughout the season, held on initially, allowing only nine points in the first quarter. West Valley created its separation in the second quarter, rattling off 21 straight points, including an interception returned for a touchdown by Drew Johnson.
West Valley quarterback Issac Madrigal threw three touchdown passes. Madrigal’s second touchdown pass was an 85-yard quick throw to Jack Van De Brake for a backbreaking score with under two minutes to play in the first half.
Madrigal and Van De Brake previously had hooked up on a 25-yard TD pass for the game’s first points. Madrigal completed his big evening in the second half with a 65-yard touchdown toss to Johnson and a 3-yard keeper, both coming in the third quarter.
Moses Lake’s offense struggled without leading rusher and receiver Lerenz Thomas.
Ephrata 30, Selah 20
EPHRATA — Ephrata won for the second consecutive week, defeating Selah 30-20.
The Tigers (1-2, 2-5) used a punishing ground game that led to 383 rushing yards. Mac Laird rumbled to a 14-yard score to give Ephrata the lead in the first quarter. Tony O’Neel broke a 69-yard touchdown romp in the second quarter.
The Tigers led 24-7 after three quarters and held on in the fourth after the Vikings (1-2, 2-5) added two touchdowns.
Royal 56, Kiona-Benton 0
ROYAL CITY — Royal continued to wear the crown in the South Central Athletic Conference East by shutting out Kiona-Benton 56-0.
The Bears (3-1, 5-2) came into the game 3-0 in the SCAC East with a chance to displace the Knights (4-0, 7-0). That idea ended abruptly as Royal raced to a 35-0 lead after one quarter.
Derek Bergeson took an interception back 21 yards to put Royal on the board. Caleb Christensen threw two first-quarter touchdown passes and ran for another. Christensen finished with 217 yards through the air and three touchdown tosses. Elliott Delay rushed for 92 yards and two touchdowns.
The Royal defense recorded its third consecutive shutout and held the Bears to 62 total yards.
Royal’s next challenger is a road game at second-place River View. A win there would sew up another SCAC East league championship.
Wahluke 21, College Place 14
MATTAWA — Wahluke snapped a four-game losing streak with a win against College Place 21-14.
Anthony Zebrano scored two rushing touchdowns, including a 1-yard plunge to break a 14-14 tie. Tony Cruz led the Warriors’ (1-4, 3-4) rushing attack with 91 yards and a 3-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
Wahluke intercepted College Place (0-5, 2-5) quarterback Brian Jerald three times.
Connell 48, Warden 12
WARDEN — Warden struggled to turn yards into points and lost to Connell 48-12.
The Cougars (1-3, 3-4) managed a couple touchdown passes and totaled 337 yards. The Eagles (3-1, 4-3) countered with 408 total yards and five takeaways.
The Cougars will have to win their last two games to have a chance at a crossover playoff game.
Liberty 21, Lind-Ritzville/Sprague 0
SPANGLE — Lind-Ritzville/Sprague (0-3, 1-6) fell to Liberty on the road 21-0, the school’s fifth loss in a row.
The Lancers (1-1, 5-2) scored two rushing touchdowns and another 25-yard pass from Jake Carr to Van Ricker.
Almira/Coulee-Hartline 52, Wilbur-Creston 6
COULEE CITY — Almira/Coulee-Hartline scored 52 unanswered points and beat Wilbur-Creston 52-6.
Dane Isaak score four total touchdowns for the second-ranked Warriors (5-0, 7-0). Isaak threw for 146 yards and rushed for 136.
Wilbur-Creston (2-3, 4-3) did not score until a fumble recovery in the fourth quarter.
Other Basin scores
East Valley 31, Quincy 7
Liberty Bell 52, Soap Lake 47