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Dylan Barker tackles an Onalaska player.

The Chinooks sacked quarterback Wyatt Harsh three times, Alex Dyer threw touchdown scores to Tucker Wetmore and Jacob Herz, and Wetmore came up with a game-sealing interception — his first of the year — in the 8 Mile War victory. Herz also ran for scores of 2 and 8 yards.

After two straight blowout defeats to Napavine last year, the Chinooks got the monkey of their back in the overtime victory. Kalama held Napavine without a score until the final minute, Alex Dyer had a game-winning 3-yard touchdown run in overtime and Hunter Griggs finished things off with a game-sealing interception. Herz also caught a second-quarter 21-yard pass from Dyer to make it 8-0, but Napavine’s game-tying drive sent the game to overtime after a controversial two-point conversion.

In their first week as the No. 1-ranked squad in the state, Tucker Wetmore caught two touchdown passes and ran for a 66-yard score, Jacob Herz caught a 45-yard touchdown pass, Parker Wood had a pick-six and Grant Vandenberg caught a touchdown pass as the Chinooks cruised.

Sept. 22 — Kalama 44, King’s Way Christian 7

Dyer threw three touchdown passes as the Chinooks shook off a sluggish start to roll to an easy win. Randall Keithley had a pick-six, and Parker Wood, Corbyn Byrnes, Tucker Wetmore, Jacob Herz and Max Ross had touchdowns.

Alex Dyer threw five first-half touchdown passes on 8-9 passing, finding Tucker Wetmore twice, Max Ross, Jacob Herz and Corbyn Byrnes in the end zone. Colby Hutchinson and Elijah Haynes each ran for a score and the Chinooks had no trouble in their division opener.

As the calendar turned to October, the Chinooks just got better. It held Wahkiakum scoreless, aside from a safety the Chinooks offense took, and Tucker Wetmore went off for a second straight week, catching two touchdown passes and returning a pick-six. Jacob Herz added a 55-yard TD reception and 66-yard touchdown run.

The Chinooks’ defense recorded a second straight shutout and Tucker Wetmore added another three touchdowns, including a second straight week with a pick-six. Alex Dyer tossed two touchdowns and ran for one, and Jacob Herz had three long touchdown runs.

The Chinooks forced five fumbles on a sloppy Ted Hippi Field and clinched the 2B River Division title for the first time, as Alex Dyer was 22-37 for 202 yards and threw for six touchdowns. Tucker Wetmore and Parker Wood caught two touchdowns apiece, while Corbyn Byrnes and Marques Lies each added on.e

Kalama recorded its third shutout in four games, as Wetmore added his third pick-six of the season to go with a pair of touchdown runs and a touchdown catch. Corbyn Byrnes also added two touchdown runs and Brennon Vance caught a touchdown pass from Alex Dyer.

The Chinooks shook off a slow start to steamroll the Loggers and punch a second straight state ticket. Jacob Herz opened with a 45-yard touchdown run, Alex Dyer was 21-28 for four touchdowns, while adding two touchdown runs. Brennon Vance, Corbyn Byrnes, Tucker Wetmore and Grant Vandenberg all had touchdown catches.

The Chinooks stiffest test of the season came in the state’s opening round, as Adna took an early 12-0 lead, went 4-5 on fourth-down conversions, including two touchdowns and was four yards away from a game-winning touchdown. Instead, the Pirates were held to a field goal and the game went to overtime, where Alex Dyer found Max Ross in the end zone, and Jacob Herz had a game-sealing interception on a Quentin Crews tipped pass. Tucker Wetmore had a 94-yard kickoff return touchdown, Alex Dyer was 21-31 for 271 yards and three touchdowns to go with a 1-yard quarterback sneak. Brennon Vance and Colby Hutchinson also had scores.

Kalama had to overcome another slow start but scored 44 unanswered points after falling behind 15-6. The defense held the Titans to just 43 second-half yards, Alex Dyer finished 15-18 for 301 yards and four touchdowns, including an incredible 20-yard run, and Tucker Wetmore finished with seven catches for 160 yards and two scores. Jacob Herz had an 82-yard kickoff return touchdown and a 7-yard touchdown run, and Wetmore had a 47-yard punt return touchdown.

The Chinooks’ defense held the Tigers scoreless on three separate red-zone drives, Tucker Wetmore caught two first-half touchdown passes and Jacob Herz had a 94-yard touchdown reception to seal the victory. Alex Dyer finished 16-23 for 276 yards and three scores and had 56 yards on 10 carries in the school’s first state semifinal since 2005.


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