Sophomore receiver Carson Ringhiser made two key plays in 12 seconds to lift the Bears past the Falcons 38-20.
In a span of 12 seconds, Carson Ringhiser made two big plays to turn a nail-biter into a laugher for the Tahoma High School football team.
Ringhiser, a 5-foot-9, 155-pound sophomore receiver, helped the Bears spring to life late in the third quarter with a 57-yard touchdown catch and an onside-kick recovery in a 38-20 victory over Kentlake on Friday night in a battle for the North Puget Sound League Cascade Division lead at Maxwell Stadium.
“Without my blocks, I could not have scored that touchdown,” said Ringhiser, who helped Tahoma to its first win in three seasons over Kentlake. “It was great team effort. With the onside kick, it was up in the air, so I just decided to go and grab it. The energy was just great, and we were just playing super well.”
Tahoma (5-1, 4-0 NPSL) scored its biggest win of the season, and is bouncing back nicely from a rare 3-7 campaign in 2016. With three scores off a fumble and an onside-kick recovery, the Bears used a 21-point explosion in a span of 2 minutes, 17 seconds and 24 consecutive points to put Kentlake (4-2, 3-1) away late in the third.
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With Tahoma clinging to a 10-7 lead, Ringhiser looked to have made a simple catch along the left sideline. But with one juke and a broken tackle, Ringhiser turned a short gain into a 57-yard catch-and-run touchdown on the pass from quarterback Conner Lambro to give the Bears a 17-7 lead.
“What we were looking for was to run the ball there, but when I saw (the defender) crash, I hit the screen and it turned into a big play by a big receiver,” said Lambro, who finished 10-of-19 passing for 244 yards and three second-half TD tosses. “That touchdown brought it all for us. As you saw, we went three straight drives after that. Our whole team brought it all in the second half.
“That (Ringhiser) touchdown definitely changed it too. Carson’s a big-time player.”
Ringhiser got more playing time after senior receiver Jerrel Chapman went out with a leg injury on the second play from scrimmage.
“We lost our No. 1 receiver today, so we thought that was going to be a big deal, but (Ringhiser) came up, stepped up and played the role we needed him to play,” Lambro said.
On the ensuing kickoff, Ringhiser pounced on an onside kick from his kicker Cory Soiseth right at midfield. One play later — and 12 seconds after his TD — teammate Tayvian Williams hauled in a 50-yard TD pass from Lambro and Tahoma was in front 24-7 at the 4:34 mark of the third quarter.
Lambro threw for 221 yards in the second half, with Williams catching two passes for 81 yards and scoring three TDs. Max Repenn had two fumble recoveries, an interception and a TD for the Bears.