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Enumclaw Sweeps White River

It was the 61 meeting of the battle of the bridge at Pete’s Field this past weekend. I am going to take excerpts from the article written by Judge Rick Bathum in the Football Program about the history of the rivalry.

Before there were Hornet on both sides of the White River there was the Buckley Mountaineers and the Enumclaw Tigers. After World War I the two teams played there first game of football. Enumclaw prevailed (like many years to follow) with a 26-0 victory. From 1920 to 1948 the two teams played each other a total of 31 times.

In 1948, the Enumclaw School District and the White River School District merged. The merger only lasted 4 years. Gone where the Buckley Mountaineers and the Enumclaw Tigers. It was officially called the White River Hornets. After the 1953-1954 school year the merger dissolved. Buckley assumed the name White River Hornets. Enumclaw became the Enumclaw Hornets and after the split the two teams did not play against each other for 15 years.

The rivalry was renewed in 1966 for about 30 years until 1995 when the Enumclaw Hornets went to 4A and joined the SPSL league while White River stayed at 3A. In 2006 the rivalry came back together as both teams joined the newly formed SPSL 3A.

This year it was very exciting as both teams came into the game fighting for a playoff spot. You win you are in and if you lose you are out. The stakes where high this year. After rough weather the past few weeks and a lot of football played by the local pee wee football programs the field at Pete’s was not much of a field but a mud pit.

As my wife Sophia said the game was not that exciting, well if you are expecting a lot of long runs, big passes and a lot of touchdowns then this Battle of the Bridge was not the game for you. It was a defense of battle and a game of field position. The Enumclaw Defense came to play on Friday night as they forced multiple turnovers along with only giving up 70 yards of total offense for the White River Hornets. The best pass defense in the SPSL shut down the White River passing attack to only 24 yards. The defense only allowed 1 first down in the 2nd half.

With a dominate performance from the EHS defense it was not till late in the game when the Hornets got on the scoreboard with a FG. With a 3-0 lead and time winding down my little brother got to score a touchdown on senior night which was fun to see.

Not only was Varsity victorious for the Hornets over the White River Hornets but all Enumclaw teams won including the JV and Freshman team.  With a sweep I must say to my former college roomates from Buckley and White River Alums the years to come do not look that great for White River.

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