Centralia 42, Rochester 35
By Dave Weber
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.