TUMWATER— It was clear Woodland’s football season was coming to a close with five minutes remaining in the Beavers’ district crossover game with Tumwater on Saturday.
The Beavers (8-2) fell 58-38 here at Sid Otton Field, closing the chapter in one of the greatest single season’s for an individual in Woodland history.
Quarterback Tyler Flanagan, who broke his father’s single-season rushing record last week, rushed for 163 yards and was 14-for-22 passing with 259 yards through the air.
But Woodland tallied four turnovers, all of which seemed to come in key moments, ultimately the difference in a game that was close throughout.
Woodland was already without top receiver Alex Bishop, who sustained an arm injury two weeks ago, but Flanagan began to retreat to the sideline for his ankle just before halftime.
By early in the third quarter, he said, it was limiting.
“We were limited obviously after he hurt his ankle,” coach Mike Woodward said. “You have a freak player who does so much and then he’s hobbling and it’s hard to keep that momentum. We felt like we could move the ball only throwing, with them knowing we were throwing.”
The money was a 92-yard touchdown pass to cousin Isaiah Flanagan late in the third quarter, which gave the Beavers a 32-28 lead. Tumwater scored the first touchdown of the second half just 90 seconds prior.
It was back and forth, but Woodland was picking up momentum.
The Beavers recovered an onside kick and inched the ball to the one-foot line. A goal-line fumble switched fortunes, though, and Tumwater went 91 yards the other way before the fourth quarter began.
“We just ran out of gas at the wrong time,” Woodward said.
When it became abundantly clear that Flanagan was hobbled, Tumwater began rushing six and the strategy worked. Flanagan still made plays, like a 12-yard pass to Wyatt Wooden early in the fourth quarter and some short passes to Reid Hope and Christian Yager, but Tumwater pulled away.
“Our receivers did a good job to get open and did stuff with it after they caught it,” Flanagan said. “Our line did a good job picking up blitzes.”
Flanagan goes down as Woodland’s single-season rushing leading rusher with 1,948 yards on the ground in his senior year, a record his father, Glen, set in 1988 after running for 1,583 yards.
“He’ll go down as the best player I ever coached,” Woodward said. “He was always right up there but after his senior year and what he did, it’s absolutely amazing.”
Flanagan returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown, and scored on runs of 5, 31 and 8 yards. Reid Hope also had a 9-yard touchdown run, before Tumwater scored on a 58-yard run, picked up a safety and scored on a 20-yard run to seal the game.
Woodland finishes its season 8-2.
Tumwater 58, Woodland 38
Woodland 6 20 6 6 38
Tumwater 14 7 14 23 58
W— Tyler Flanagan kickoff return (Conversion fail)
T— Dylan Loftis 10 run (Isaac Morgan kick)
T— Hunter Baker 23 run (Morgan kick)
W— Flanagan 5 run (conversion fail)
T— Zane Murphy 1 run (Morgain kick)
W— Flanagan 31 run (conversion fail)
W— Flanagan 8 run (conversion fail)
T— Rico Spiegner 25 run (Morgan kick)
W— Isaiah Flanagan 92 pass from Tyler Flanagan (conversion fail)
T— Turner Allen 18 run (Morgan kick)
T— Baker 13 run (Morgan kick)
W— Reid Hope 9 run (conversion fail)
T— Loftis 58 run (Morgan kick)
T— Loftis 20 run
RUSHING — W: Flanagan 26-163, Hope 4-8, Kenyon Guy 1-3. T: Cody Whalen 5-111, Loftis 18-173, Baker 22-167, Murphy 5-2, Mason Burbidge 2-27, Spiegner 1-25.
PASSING — W: Flanagan 14-22, 259-2. T: Whalen 4-8-53-0.
RECEIVING — W: Isaiah Flanagan 1-92, Wyatt Wooden 4-69, Hope 2-20, Tommy Lewellan 1-19, Christian Yager 6-59. T: Murphy 1-31, Scott Duboiski 1-8, Spiegner 2-14.