Almira-Coulee-Hartline powered past Quilcene 50-20 to take the Washington 1B state football championship Saturday at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.
The No. 1 Warriors scored on their opening drive and then shut out the Rangers in the first half.
The big plays all went the Warriors’ way, with ACH scoring on long carries of 67 yards and 62 yards, an 81-yard passing touchdown, and a 68-yard punt return.
The No. 2 Rangers struggled on defense in the first half, and had trouble throughout the contest on the snap, with numerous bobbles and fumbles upending their offense in the rain-soaked title matchup.
If the Rangers could have relied on crowd support alone, Quilcene would have easily emerged as the upset champs.
A crowd of more than 130 Rangers fans cheered the team from start to finish and gave the players a deafening roar of thanks as they left the field.