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While Prosser defended its hallowed field on Saturday, Toppenish made the most of a big chip on its shoulder.

And thanks to huge red-zone stops late in the game, it's on to the state quarterfinals for both 

Quarterback Kaiden Rivera threw three touchdown passes and the defense turned back a first-and-goal threat with under four minutes left as Prosser held on for a 34-29 victory over W.F. West in a Class 2A state first-round game at Art Fiker Field.

Two hours later at a rain-swept Civic Stadium in Bellingham, unbeaten Toppenish avenged its seeding snub by defeating Mount Baker 26-22 in the opening round of the Class 1A playoffs — a victory secured by two interceptions in the final six minutes.

In other games, King's pulled away in the third quarter for a 28-14 victory over Zillah and Forks did the same at Goldendale, holding the Timberwolves scoreless in the second half en route to a 35-20 victory.

Rivera's third scoring pass, this one to Anthony Martin, pushed Prosser's lead to 34-22 with 10:35 left in the game.

But Gage Brumfield, a freshman quarterback making just his second start, rallied the Bearcats with his second touchdown to Logan Moore at the 8:37 mark and drove the visitors inside Prosser's 10 for the potential go-ahead score. But a holding call pushed West back and EJ Hurtado sacked Brumfield on fourth down with 3:23 left.

The Mustangs, which got two rushing touchdowns from Erik Delgado, ran out the clock on the ground, including converting a fourth-and-1 play.

Rivera's other scoring connections were to Max Flores and Isaac Kernan in the first half as Prosser built a 28-14 lead at the break. He finished with 343 yards passing.

Toppenish, which despite its unbeaten record was given a No. 9 seed and forced to travel, opened a 26-14 lead in the third quarter when Jason Grant hauled in a short pass from Josh Perez and dashed 72 yards for a score.

But Mount Baker rallied with a touchdown and two-point conversion, closing the gap to six, and had two chances to take the lead. Freddy Robledo's interception on his own 8 stopped the first threat, and, after the Mountaineers drove for a first-and-goal coming off a turnover, Perez came up with a goal-line pick on fourth down with 35 seconds left.

Perez threw for 279 yards and three touchdowns, including two to Shane Rivera as the Wildcats bolted to a 20-0 lead in the second quarter.

Prosser (8-1) will play the winner of Saturday's late game between Fife and Lynden in the quarterfinals while Toppenish (11-0) will take on top-seeded Royal (11-0), a 50-6 winner over Bellevue Christian.

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Prosser 34, W.F. West 29

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Pro — Max Flores 14 pass from Kaiden Rivera (Flores kick).

West — Logan Moore 15 pass from Gage Brumfield (Wets kick).

Pro — Isaac Kernan 20 pass from Rivera (Flores kick).

West — Evan Stajduhar 9 pass from Brumfield (Wets kick).

Pro — Erik Delgado 7 run (Flores kick).

Pro — Delgado 6 run (Flores kick).

West — Brock Guyette 1 run (Guyette run).

Pro — Anthony Martin 3 pass from Rivera (run failed).

West — Moore 28 pass from Brumfield (Wets kick).

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — WFW, Brumfield 15-63, Guyette 13-26. Pro, Delgado 6-18, Nehemiah Medrano 4-20, Rivera 9-14.

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PASSING — WFW, Brumfield 18-30-1-218. Pro, Rivera 25-39-1-343.

RECEIVING — WFW, Moore 9-146. Pro, Kernan 7-74, Flores 5-73, Martin 3-10, Chris Veloz 2-91, Havic Prieto 3-12, Delgado 3-28, Kory McClure 3-32.

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Toppenish 26, Mt. Baker 22

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Topp — Timmy Torres 5 run (Brandon Flores kick).

Topp — Shane Rivera 27 pass from Josh Perez (Flores kick).

Topp — Rivera 28 pass from Perez (kick failed).

MB — Davin Beason 5 run (Jesse Sande run).

MB — Sande 10 run (run failed).

Topp — Jason Grant 72 pass from Perez (pass failed).

MB — Marques George 32 run (George run).

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — Topp, Torres 16-50, Grant 5-10, Izaiah Maldonado 2-4, Perez 7-(minus 2). MB, George 12-102, Sande 12-48, Beason 13-4.

PASSING — Topp, Perez 17-23-0-282. MB, Beason 6-18-3-128.

RECEIVING — Topp, Grant 4-129, Rivera 7-90, Maldonado 4-28, Cortes 1-38, Torres 1-(minus 3). MB, Caleb Horsmon 2-53, Wyatt Pettigrew 3-46, Alex Maloley 1-29.

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King's 28, Zillah 14

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Zillah — Braydon Flood 3 run (Jorge Espinoza kick)

Zillah — Lincoln Garcia pass from Jon VanCleave (Espinoza kick)

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Forks 35, Goldendale 20

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