Tumwater High School rolled to a 58-7 dominating win over cross town rival Black Hills High School at the 2022 Pioneer Bowl Friday, October 28 at Sid Otten Field in Tumwater. Senior tailback Carlos Matheney led Tumwater with four touchdowns off 18 caries and 148 yards.
Tumwater (8-1, 5-1 2A EVCO) scored first after defensive back Luke Reid intercepted a “pick six” for a touchdown score early in the first. A.G. West Black Hills (5-3, 3-3 2A EVCO) immediately fought back after quarterback Jaxen Beck threw a two-yard touchdown pass to Tanner Parkinson in the closing minuet of the first half.
Trailing going into quarter two, the T-Birds dominated the rest of play with 431 rushing yards. Led by senior D1 signee Carlos Matheney, the T-Birds also had strong rushing from Logan Cole with 112 rushing yards and junior Kooper Clark who scored an 80-yard touchdown. T-Bird quarterback Alex Overba, threw for 149 yards. Black Hills rushed for 106 yards with 95 yards in completed passes.
Tumwater head coach Bill Beattie loved the community atmosphere of the game and praised his team for its effort. “We are still a young squad and we made a few mistakes starting out with but then we got into a good rhythm,” Beattie stated. “We have some things we have to clean up and we are going to try to continue to get better and better.”
Wolves head coach Garrett Baldwin was frustrated with the outcome but credited Tumwater for the win. “They work hard and they play hard,” said Baldwin after the loss. “We played with a lot of heart but we just don’t have enough guys to compete with a team that I really think should be in 3A”.
The 2022 Pioneer Bowl was also a game for the community to honor the life of Sallly Otton, the late wife of T-Birds defensive coordinator Tim Otton. Sally Otton was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2011 and passed away September 20. Ticket sales and a signed Cade Otton Tampa Bay uniform sold from Friday’s Pioneer Bowl were donated to help fund Parkinson’s research with over $20,000 raised by the Tumwater community.