A word of advice to future River View football opponents: You might want to avoid throwing the ball to the side of the field Tucker Hamlin is manning.
The 5-foot-9, 145-pound defensive back set the River View career record for interceptions last week with 21 and has eight interceptions this season, two off the single-season record.
While Hamlin isn't the biggest kid on the field, he uses his speed and intelligence to get the job done.
"I think quarterbacks and receivers have overconfidence (because of his size)," Hamlin said. "They get surprised that, 'Hey, this kid is actually good.' "
Hamlin had five interceptions as a sophomore and eight as a junior. He has eight this season. In the opening game of the year, Toppenish only threw the ball twice the entire game, or Hamlin might have even more.
"I'd say his best strength is his intelligence and understanding of the position," River View head coach Brett Jay said. "You tell him something once and he makes the adjustment, and he puts himself in the position to make plays. It is fun to watch him play the game."
The goal-oriented Hamlin isn't all about himself, though.
"My main goal as an individual is to continue on and beat the yearly interception record," he said. "But my main goal is to make it to state for my team."
-- Prosser: With the score 20-20 with 5 seconds left, Prosser coach Benji Sonnichsen didn't even blink about sending his freshman kicker onto the field.
Two Ellensburg timeouts later, Trino Flores booted a 25-yard kick through the uprights to give the Mustangs a 23-20 victory in a key 2A CWAC game.
"We feel real comfortable with him kicking field goals," Sonnichsen said. "If we need one like that, he can do it and get the job done."
Beyond Flores' heroics, the game was a back-and-forth affair with a playoff atmosphere.
"I had so many people come up to me after the game and say it was one of the best games they'd seen," Sonnichsen said. "Big plays all over the place by both teams. I'd say it was a perfect football game."
Now, the Mustangs (4-0, 4-1) must regroup as they prepare for a road game against Wapato.
-- Waitsburg-Prescott: The Car-dinals (1-0, 5-0) opened Southeast 2B play last week by defeating rival DeSales 27-14.
This week, they play struggling Dayton, who ended a 12-game losing streak last week.
"The bottom line is we have to focus on what we do," coach Jeff Bartlow said.
"We need to get healthy and put in some stuff that we need to get better at."
The Cardinals have started the year strong on both sides of the ball.
Offensively, they are averaging 208 yards rushing and 178 passing, while defensively, they have given up nine points a game.
Running back Kris Cady has led the way, rushing for 592 yards in five games with three touchdowns. He also has 277 yards receiving and four touchdowns.
Defensively, Tre Bannock is averaging 11 tackles per game at linebacker.