After a lengthy, undefeated season, the Quilcene Rangers fell in the Class 1B state football semifinals to Odessa Christian High School, 65-6 at the Apple Bowl in Wenatchee on Nov. 24.
“They never gave up,” assistant coach Byron Wilson said as the team walked into the locker room.
Quilcene was ranked fifth in the state while Odessa was the No. 1 seed going into the semifinals.
Rangers head coach Trey Beathard said the quarterfinal game against Sunnyside Christian on Nov. 17 took a lot of the Rangers’ performance.
“We are obviously disappointed in how we played today because we made just a whole lot of mistakes,” Beathard said. “ ... And they weren’t mistakes that had anything to do with who we are playing.”
Beathard touched on bad snaps and jumping offsides, allowing Odessa to have a better game.
“I think some of it was the kids were just trying too hard,” Beathard said. “Another thing, too, is the other team was just really good. They had a good season.”
Ben Bruner had two receptions for 77 yards and was the lone scorer with a 55-yard touchdown.
Quarterback Holdem Elkins had seven completions out of 22 attempts for 132 yards.
Bruner added nine rushes for 57 yards; Olin Reynolds had nine rushes for 15 yards and Bishop Budnek had three rushes for 10 yards.
Dustin Hughes had 12 tackles while Zach Budnek, Bruner and Chase Newman each had seven tackles.
Going into next year, Beathard said the team will be losing seven seniors.
“We have a lot of good players and a good senior class, but we have a lot of good younger kids, too,” Beathard said. “I don’t think our chance to be successful ends with this group because they were really good. I do think we have a chance to have a good squad again next year.”
Odessa will play Almira-Coulee-Hartline at the Tacoma Dome at 4 p.m. Dec. 1 for the state championship.