YAKIMA, Wash. — Yakima’s oldest rivalry turned into a familial showdown Friday night at Zaepfel Stadium.
Davis quarterback Jose Reyes took the upper hand with a pair of rushing touchdowns and another through the air on an incredible catch by Jackson Curtsinger in the back of the end zone before halftime. But his cousin, Eisenhower quarterback Jaiden Corbray, would get the last word on his fourth rushing touchdown of the game to give the Cadets a 41-35 overtime win.
“It’s funny because after every touchdown he’d score, I’d be like, ‘it’s my turn,’” Corbray said. “We started off slow, but we came together, talked to each other, communicated more and just came out with the win.”
He rushed for a season-high 109 yards, gaining the last five on a play the Cadets installed earlier this week. Corbray credited his offensive lineman for playing their best game of the year, and he even bounced off a lineman before cutting back to score from 14 yards out in the second quarter.
The Yakima Valley’s leading receiver, Malachi Spurrier caught Corbray’s first five passes, including an 11-yard touchdown to put Ike on the scoreboard. But the Pirates adjusted and held Spurrier to just one catch after halftime, forcing Ike’s offense to find other options.
“I noticed that I had to read off of my other guys,” he said. “I had to trust my other guys as much as I trust Malachi, and we went to the run game more.”
It paid off when he rolled out to the right and found Stevan Rodriguez open for a 69-yard touchdown late in the third quarter. A second consecutive two-point conversion through the air tied the game at 28, setting the stage for a tense fourth quarter.
Reyes started things by leading an eight-play, 73-yard drive, capped off by Jackson Curtsinger’s second score of the night from 10 yards out. The senior wideout finished with seven catches for 69 yards for an offense that proved more capable of moving methodically down the field and picking up first downs than it had all season.
Much of that could be attributed to the Pirates’ athletic quarterback, who came out for football as a senior after a long absence. He threw for 150 yards and ran for another 114, contributing to four touchdowns and impressing his counterpart on the opposite sideline.
Corbray said the two became closer this football season as they led their offenses with similar dual-threat capabilities. But when it came to the annual season-ending rivalry, Corbray ensured his senior class remained undefeated against Davis, extending the Ike win streak to four games.
“Before the game I was telling (my teammates), ‘3-0,’” Corbray said. “’Give me all your effort (and) I’ll give you mine because I do not want to lose to these guys, especially because they’re our crosstown rivals.”
Coach Gary Jimenez said Corbray always seems to play his best against Davis, including a three-touchdown, 109-yard performance as a sophomore running back in 2017’s 27-21 win. He ran the ball 34 times that night in the first start of career, and Jimenez warned the 5-foot-6, 160-pound quarterback to expect another heavy workload in his final game for the Cadets.
“I told him, ‘look, you’re going to be dog tired when this game’s over,’” Jimenez said. “‘We’re going to run through you, around you, over you, have you throw it, have you run it.’
Davis took the same approach with Reyes, who also played safety for the Pirates’ defense. He opened the game with a 70-yard drive capped off by a five-yard touchdown and added another touchdown run to put the Pirates ahead 28-12 early in the third quarter.
In the end, though, the frustration on his face told the whole story after sophomore Tieg Gilman sealed Ike’s win on an interception in overtime. Davis nearly won in regulation, but Ike’s defense tackled Reyes a yard short of a first down 15 yards from the end zone and the Pirates had no timeouts left to stop the clock from running out before they could snap the ball.
Corbray hardly played a mistake-free game himself, throwing two interceptions along with his 293 yards and losing a fumble when he dropped a snap. But Jimenez said his team rallied just like it has all year, rallying back to finish 4-6.
The sixth-year coach became emotional when talking about his 14-man senior class and everything they’ve given to the program. Although he’s optimistic about the future with young players like Rodriguez and Gilman, he knows it won’t be easy to replace Corbray, Spurrier and others.
“I love that class a lot and it’s been a really fun group,” Jimenez said. “I’ve enjoyed coaching this year tremendously.”
Eisenhower 0 12 16 7 6 — 0
Davis 14 7 7 7 6 — 0
Davis — Jose Reyes 5 run (Erik Garcia kick)
Davis — Ricardo Acevedo 5 run (Garcia kick)
Ike — Malachi Spurrier 11 pass from Jaiden Corbray (kick failed)
Ike — Corbray 14 run (run failed)
Davis — Jackson Curtsinger 20 pass from Reyes (Garcia kick)
Davis — Reyes 4 run (Garcia kick)
Ike — Corbray 7 run (Tieg Gilman pass from Corbray)
Ike — Stevan Rodriguez 69 pass from Corbray (D’Anthony Smith-Gary pass from Corbray)
Davis — Curtsinger 10 pass from Reyes (Garcia kick)
Ike — Corbray 10 run (Thomas Oplinger kick)
Ike — Corbray 5 run (kick failed)
RUSHING — Eisenhower, Corbray 19-109, Timothy Harrison 6-46, D’Anthony Smith-Gary 4-18, Justice Dean 1-10, Elyan Jimenez. Davis, Reyes 16-114, Reymundo Gutierrez 12-86, Acevedo 4-15. Malaciah Cook 2-13.
PASSING — Eisenhower, Corbray 15-28-2-293. Davis, Reyes 14-25-1-150, Zach Valencia 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING — Eisenhower, Spurrier 8-116, Stevan Rodriguez 2-80, Justice Dean 3-78, Smith-Gary 2-19. Davis, Curtsinger 7-69, Nick Sosa 3-43, Marcus Cook 3-31, Damien Corbray 1-7.