In its second-to-last game of the season, the Centralia football team fell to 1A Hoquiam at home Friday night, 29-12.
The Tigers were caught in a low-scoring affair for most of the night, with the Grizzlies taking an early 8-0 lead and holding it all the way until a late fourth quarter surge. Though the Tigers managed two touchdowns in the fourth, they gave up three touchdowns themselves and couldn’t earn their first win.
Quarterback Tommy Billings tossed two scores, the first a 65-yard strike to Dustin Ingles, and the second an 18-yard touchdown to Cobain Kennedy, but the Tigers were otherwise stifled offensively with just 177 total yards. Billings ended up going 10 of 16 passing for 139 yards and two scores, with two interceptions.
Kellen Rooklidge led the Tigers with 58 yards on the ground on 17 carries. Defensively, Willie Stinkeaway had seven tackles, Marcus Miller added two tackles, a sack, and a forced and recovered fumble, and Kennedy had a pick, four tackles, and two pass breakups. Mikey Hoyt had five tackles and a sack as well.
The Tigers will play their last game of the season next Friday in the Swamp Cup against 2A Evergreen Conference champion W.F. West.