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2A Football: Monarchs drop season opener in Washougal

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Back pedal Dietz

Mark Morris sophomore Deacon Dietz works on his back pedal technique during Monarch football practice on Thursday, Feb. 18. The Monarchs are set to open up their season with a game at Washougal on Friday.

WASHOUGAL – Tristan Farrell threw for two touchdowns in his first high school start, Gavin Multer rushed for two more and the Panthers beat Mark Morris 33-19 on Saturday at Fishback Stadium.

“We played pretty well,” Mark Morris coach Shawn Perkins told The Daily News. “At times we made too many mistakes. It showed that we only had four or five days of real practice.”

Multer also caught a 9-yard touchdown pass as the Panthers surged to a 26-6 halftime lead. He finished with 46 yards rushing, most coming on a 38-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

Farrell, a senior, threw for 255 yards, including a 31-yard touchdown to Xavier Gilmore with 2:20 left in the second quarter.

After giving up an opening-drive touchdown on a 15-yard run by Deacon Dietz, Washougal’s defense clamped down. The Panthers had seven sacks and scored a touchdown when Liam Atkin recovered a fumble in the end zone.

“The effort was there, we’ve just got to clean up the mistakes and get a little bit better,” Perkins added. “It was just one of those games. Washougal played hard, they played tough. We just made one mistake more than them, and that’s how this season is going to go I think.”

Mark Morris finished strong with George Mosier rushing for two fourth-quarter touchdowns. Dietz rushed for 96 yards on six carries and caught three passes for 82 yards.

“He didn’t play last year, so this was his first high school football game, which wasn’t too bad,” Perkins said. “George really stepped up his game too from last year. He’s a junior, and we had a lot of juniors and sophomores out there.”

Mark Morris (0-1) is scheduled to host Hudson’s Bay next Friday at 7 p.m.

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