Two weeks ago, Timur Berishev made what Mark Morris coach Shawn Perkins called “just a sophomore mistake.” With less than 2 minutes left, he fumbled the football on his own team’s 3-yard line. It paved the way for Wasougal to walk-in for a 20-14 win.
Friday night, the young kid got his chance at redemption, and made it count.
With 51 ticks on the clock and MM leading 30-27 over Ridgefield, Berishev scrambled for an onside kick and walked away with the ball. It sealed the Monarchs’ first victory since 2015 and ended a 15-game losing streak.
“Timur stepped up to the challenge and nailed it,” Perkins said. “He did a great job tonight.”
With a depleted backfield, the Monarchs also relied on Berishev for seven carries, on which he picked up 20 yards.
Defenses shine in Week 6
Defenses from Rainier, Kalama and Ilwaco combined to allow nine points in their respective victories on Friday. In addition, Toutle Lake claimed a 33-0 win over Winlock, and Toledo shut out Mossyrock 50-0.
Third-ranked Rainier held The Dalles to 69 passing and minus- 2 yards rushing in a 43-0 nonleague victory in the Columbia River Gorge.
“We were very aggressive and tackled well,” Rainier coach Mike King said. “We played inspired ball.”
Top-ranked Kalama outscored Wahkiakum 35-2, and the two points allowed were on a ball grounded in the end zone.
“We’re making sure we’re good at doing the little things,” Kalama coach Sean McDonald said.
Ilwaco cruised to a 25-7 triumph over the Seagulls in a Coastal 2B matchup in Raymond. Toledo held Mossyrock to 11 offensive yards and Toutle Lake allowed just 123 yards on defense.
Nelson earning coaches’ trust
Quentin Nelson faced a big challenge. He was asked to fill the shoes of quarterback A.J. Hoggatt, Kelso’s all-time leading passer, who is out for another three weeks following a knee surgery.
But Nelson has earned the trust of his coaches. That was clear on two goal-line stands near the end of regulation of Friday’s 29-23 overtime loss to Mountain View. The junior QB was asked to throw from the 2- and 7-yard lines with the outcome riding on his accuracy.
Neither throw was successful, but the Hilanders’ junior was chosen to make a deciding play in the team’s toughest matchup of the season. Nelson completed just a hair under 75 percent of his passes, mixing things up enough so that running back Max McDaniel could light it up on the ground.
It’s the fourth game for Nelson as the starting quarterback; he took over before a 30-6 loss to Lake Washington in Week 3. He won’t have to carry the offense, with McDaniel looking like the Greater St. Helens 3A League’s best rusher, but he will get his chances and the Scotties’ coaching staff knows he’s up to the task.