Photo by Trinity Potter: The Cruisers pose with their summer weight training specialist Oleg Kechko (center, in blue) after their 57-35 win over rival Orting.
Photo by Trinity Potter: The Cruisers pose with their summer weight training specialist Oleg Kechko (center, in blue) after their 57-35 win over rival Orting.

The Eatonville Cruiser football team headed to Orting this past Friday night to take on the Cardinals. The game was a district playoff game with the winner earning a state berth and the loser’s season coming to an end.

The Cruisers struck first on a Job Kralik 32-yard field goal.

The Cardinals answered back on their first play from scrimmage. Running back Dylan Spreader ran right through the Cruiser defense untouched for a 77-yard score. Orting led 7-3.

Zach Smith returned the kickoff to the Cardinal 35. Eatonville had great field position. A few plays later, senior Alex Brymer broke a few tackles and dived into the end zone at the pylon for the 28-yard score. The kick was no good and the Cruisers took back the lead at 9-6.

After forcing a Cardinal punt, Eatonville struck again when Caden Jumper found Kralik streaking across the field for a 60-yard score. Kralik's kick was good and the Cruisers extended their lead to 16-7.

Once again, the Cardinals wasted no time answering the Cruisers’ score. They put together at 54-yard drive that was capped off by a Daniel Hobart touchdown. After the kick, Eatonville still led 16-14.

After the Eatonville kickoff, the Cardinals recovered the ball at the Cruiser 16-yard line. Two plays later, Hobart found the end zone again for the Cardinals. With the extra point attempt successful, Orting had its first lead of the game at 21-16.

Eatonville took the lead back for good on their next possession. Alex Brymer ran it in from 6 yards out for his second score of the game. Kralik’s kick sailed through and the Cruisers now led 23-21 and didn’t look back.

Eatonville piled on five more touchdowns. Touchdowns by Jumper (2), Smith, Nick Sawyer and another by Kralik rounded out the scoring.

The Cruisers went on to win the game 57-35 to clinch a berth into the 16 team state tournament.

The Cruisers will now travel to Prosser, Washinton, to take on the Prosser Mustangs in the first round of the WIAA state tournament. The game will be played at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Prosser High School. Those that are not able to make the trek to Prosser, can listen to the game via live stream by going to www.jeffplace.com and clicking the link there. The broadcast will start 20 minutes prior to kick off.

Stats

Passing - Jumper 10/18 141 yards 2 TD / Smith 4/7 77 yards 1 TD

Rushing - Jumper 14 carries 130 yards 2 TD / Brymer 11 caries 67 yards 2 TD / Sawyer 2 carries 13 yards, 1 TD

Receiving - Kralik 3 catches 100 yards 2 TD / Smith 6 catches 55 yards 1 TD