BATTLE GROUND — No. 4 Hockinson scored a pair of third-quarter touchdowns to rally past Ellensburg 21-15 on Saturday afternoon in the first round of the Class 2A state football playoffs.
Bulldogs senior Dion Hardeman found the end zone on a 6-yard run to give Ellensburg a 6-0 lead.
Hockinson answered less than two minutes later and converted the extra point to take the lead.
The Bulldogs fired right back on a 65-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Ferguson to Brenden Swanson.
Ellensburg would add a safety in the final seconds of the half to take a 15-7 lead into the intermission.
Hawks quarterback Levi Crum, however, would throw a 63-yard touchdown pass and scamper in from three yards out to cap the scoring.
Ferguson finished with 194 yards passing and Swanson had four receptions for 94 yards for the Bulldogs, who finished the season 4-6.
Hockinson (10-1) will meet Lakewood in the quarterfinals.
Ell — Dion Hardeman 6 run (kick failed)
Hock — Jeremiah Faulstick 31 pass from Levi Crum (John Charles kick)
Ell — Brenden Swanson 64 pass from Ryan Ferguson (Elijah Harper kick)
Ell — Safety
Hock — Liam Mallory 63 pass from Crum (run failed)
Hock — Crum 3 run (Mallory pass from Crum)
RUSHING — Ellensburg: Dion Hardeman 16-31, Brenden Swanson 5-10, Henry Rinehart 4-4, Elijah Harper 2-1, Ryan Ferguson 5-minus 20. Hockinson: Levi Crum 28-130, Daniel Thompson 3-12, Cody Wheeler 2-6.
PASSING — Ellensburg: Ryan Ferguson 17-24-2-194. Hockinson: Levi Crum 7-13-2-165.
RECEIVING — Ellensburg: Brenden Swanson 4-94, Nolan Meyer 4-35, Bryce Messner 3-23, George Wright 2-21, Dion Hardeman 2-16, Wyatt Nelson 1-8, Henry Rinehart 1-4. Hockinson: Liam Mallory 1-63, Jeremiah Faulstick 2-53, Makaio Juarez 3-37, Dakota Souders 1-12.
NAPAVINE — Mabton's surprise playoff run ended Saturday with a loss to the second-ranked Tigers.
Napavine led 28-0 after the first quarter and scored the game's first 35 points.
Andrez Zavala threw touchdown passes of 24 and 45 yards to Alexis Galarza for the Vikings, who finished the season 4-7 after stunning first-place Burbank to earn the playoff berth.
Zavala finished with 240 yards passing, 138 of those to Galarza.
Mabton's defense came up with four turnovers, as Zavala, Armando Morales and Giovanni Trujillo each had interceptions and Alfredo Gonzalez recovered a fumble.
Napavine (9-1) advances to a quarterfinal against 10th-ranked Toledo either Friday or Saturday. The Tigers defeated the Indians 41-7 in a Sept. 20 game.
Napavine — Gavin Parker 2 run (Ethan Lantz kick)
Napavine — Tanner Low 3 run (Lantz kick)
Napavine — Kaden Jackson 35 run (Lantz kick)
Napavine — Lucas Dahl 24 pass from Chase McCarter (Lantz kick)
Napavine — Lu. Dahl 38 pass from McCarter (Lantz kick)
Mabton — Alexis Galarza 24 pass from Andrez Zavala (run failed)
Napavine — Safety
Napavine — Ashtin Landry 45 pass from McCarter (Lantz kick)
Napavine — Landry 17 run (Lantz kick)
Mabton — Galarza 45 pass from Zavala (Zavala run)
RUSHING — Mabton, Giovanni Trujillo 1-(minus 6), Genaro Bahena 1-(minus 7), Zavala 11-(minus 56). Napavine, Low 13-102, Landry 7-89, Jackson 1-35, Lu. Dahl 2-32, Parker 4-29, Dayton Keyes 1-11, McCarter 2-7, P. League 1-7, S. Butler 5-3, Austin Gilbert 1-2.
PASSING — Mabton, Zavala 12-40-1-240. Napavine, McCarter 7-16-3-150.
RECEIVING — Mabton, Galarza 6-138, Armando Morales 4-66, Trujillo 1-29, Alfredo Gonzalez 1-7. Napavine: Lu. Dahl 5-102, Landry 1-45, Landon Dahl 1-3.