Hard-fought may be a sports cliché but it’s an accurate description of the Lobos 39-34 victory over the Tulalip Heritage Hawks at home on Oct. 5.
The see-saw battle saw multiple lead changes as the teams traded scores. Lopez dominated on the ground while Tulalip mounted an impressive passing attack. Fumbles, interceptions, blocked kicks, quarterback sacks, goal-line stands, safeties, and long runs kept a large Homecoming crowd on their feet throughout the game.
Lopez saw an early lead evaporate when Tulalip scored a safety and a touchdown in the closing seconds of the first half to go up 20-13. Lopez came back strong in the second half and mounted a 39-26 lead well into the final quarter. But the Hawks scored again and converted the point after to pull to within a single score. Lopez was able to preserve the win with a good final drive and the game ended 39-34.
Vinny and Eddie Kramer shared offensive honors, Vinny scoring twice and Eddie four times. One of Eddie’s touchdowns came on a 99+ yard run on the first play after Chase Schober recovered a Tulalip fumble at the Lopez half yard line.
Lopez moves to 4-0 overall and 1-0 in League play. The Lobos have four remaining League games, against Clallam Bay, Neah Bay, Lummi, and Crescent. All will played away. Follow all the Lobos teams on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lobo.pack.3.