JOYCE – Playing in their first eight-a-side football game since 2019, the Crescent Loggers straddled the legs of Wyatt Lee and Brayden Emery to punch Muckleshoot Tribal 56-8 on Saturday.
The Loggers were forced to play a few six-a-side games this spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic and won a quickly staged six-man game earlier this season 66-0 against Wishkah Valley (with just six total players available) . But their last eight-way game was in November 2019.
Wyatt Lee responded with monster play, rushing the ball 30 times for 266 yards and four touchdowns.
“He was definitely the offensive player of the game,” said coach Brian Shimko.
If that wasn’t enough, he made 17 assisted tackles and 10 solo tackles in defense. He also had one sack and nine tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
Shimko said Lee dislikes six-a-side football because he specializes as a running back.
“He was really motivated to play eight,” said Shimko.
Lee scored on 39, 13, 5 and 2 yard carries. He also scored three two-point conversions for a total of 30 points.
Emery’s play was almost as spectacular. He scored three touchdowns on 5, 7 and 41 yard carries and had a two-point conversion for 20 total points. Emery finished with 60 rushing yards on seven carries.
Weston Hart also scored on a 13-yard rush. He had 36 rushing yards in four carries.
In defense, Emery, Hart and Hayden Ferrel all had pass interceptions.
The Loggers are next set to play Concrete on Saturday in a clash against a new league foe.