Centralia 42, Rochester 35

By Dave Weber

(Centralia, WA) Jose Pineda’s four-yard touchdown burst up the middle broke a tie with 8.5 seconds to play, lifting Centralia to its first Class 2A Evergreen Conference win of the season, 42-35, over visiting Rochester on Friday night.

Pineda’s acrobatic 22-yard reception from Kolby Baird had kept the Tigers winning nine-play, 59- yard drive alive moments earlier on third-and-nine.  He finished the game with 196 yards of total offense, carrying 16 times for 108 yards and catching three passes for 88 yards.

Teammate Dylan Purkey carried 20 times for 116 yards.  Baird passed for 128 yards and two touchdowns.  Rochester’s workhorse back Enrique Sanchez led the Warriors with 127 yards on 24 carries.

Rochester pounced on pair of Centralia fumbles to take a 14-0 lead before the game was 30 seconds old.

A fumble on the opening kickoff gave the Warriors the ball inside Tiger territory.  On the first play from scrimmage, a Rochester trick play resulted in a 41-yard touchdown pass from Daniel May to Patrick Riley.  On the next play from scrimmage, Centralia fumbled again and Bryce Lollar ran the recovery for a 32-yard touchdown.

Centralia (2-5, 1-2 2A EvCo) tied it on touchdown runs by Purkey and Pineda before  Rochester (2-5, 0-2) regained the lead on a TD run by Sanchez.

The Tigers would score three more first half touchdowns, the last on an incredible leaping touchdown catch by Pineda to go into intermission up 35-21.

Twice in the third quarter, Rochester forced Centralia to turn the ball over on downs.  The Warriors tied it on a six-yard Gerardo Carpio run and and 11-yard Lollar to May pass before Pineda’s heroics.

     Purkey was named Pacific Sports Spas Player of the Game for Centralia with Sanchez garnering the honor for Rochester.  Pineda’s sensational catch along the left sideline to keep Centralia moving toward the winning touchdown was the ProActive Physical Therapy Play of the Game.

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