The Deer Park football team had to rewrite its record book following a convincing 44-13 non-league win over Riverside on Friday.
The Stags, who saw Zach Mohr kick a school record 51-yard field goal in the second quarter, also used the offensive outburst to set a school mark for most points in a season (324). The win improved Deer Park’s overall record to 8-1, which tied the 1992 Stags for the best season start in school history after nine games.
“You never know how it’s going to go,” said Deer Park head coach Keith Stamps on his team’s strong start.
The Stags went into halftime with a 38-6 lead. It was the most points Deer Park had scored in a half in the 77-year-old rivalry.
The Stags put their stamp on the game early with a 65-yard march the first time they touched the football. Dalton Hanson finished the five-play drive with a 5-yard touchdown run.
As exciting as the Stags’ first drive was, the Rams’ first drive was as disastrous.
Riverside, which gained only four yards in three plays, was forced to punt. Ram punter Kit Major had his kick blocked by Canyon Nielson, giving the Stags the ball at the Riverside 20-yard line.
“They (Ram linemen) didn’t touch me at all,” explained Nielson, who actually blocked the kick with his facemask. “I just slipped through.”
Four plays after Nielson’s special teams play, Stag quarterback Colton Mead found Hanson in the end zone and the rout was quickly taking shape.
Mead completed 12 of 17 passes for 138 yards.
While the Deer Park offense was putting up 21 points in the first quarter, the defense was holding Riverside to 1 total yard on offense.
“Defensively, I liked the first quarter,” Stamps said. “The group has come a long way.”
Riverside finished with 71 total yards on offense for the game with most of them coming in the fourth quarter.
The Stags, who stretched their lead to 28-0 early in the second quarter, were part of school history a few minutes later.
Faced with a fourth-and-12 at the Riverside 34-yard line, Stamps sent Mohr out to try a 51-yarder. The successful long-distance boot had a few yards to spare.
The field goal was 2 yards better than the previous school record set by Marcos Rios on Oct. 7, 1998.
“The conditions were right for it and the score was right for it,” said Stamps on his decision to send Mohr out instead of trying to convert a first down.
The Rams’ lone bright spot came in the final seconds of the first half when Marcus Conley returned a kickoff 99 yards for Riverside’s first touchdown.
It is the third time Conley has returned a kickoff for a touchdown.
The Stags finished their scoring with a 14-yard touchdown run by Jason Jorgensen midway through the third quarter.
Jorgensen finished with 159 yards rushing on 14 attempts.
The Rams open up the Class A playoff with a regional match-up with Caribou Trail League champion Chelan on Saturday. Deer Park will finish its regular season with non-league game at Medical Lake 7 p.m. on Thursday.
The Stags are assured of a home playoff game on either Nov. 8, 11 or 12. The exact date will be determined after Thursday’s game.