Lions demolish Highlanders, earn return trip to district playoffs

Bodine tosses 5 touchdowns in 54-7 romp

The future appears bright for the Auburn Mountainview football program as it takes another step into the district playoffs.

Freshman quarterback Kayde Bodine completed 15 of 20 passes for 243 yards and a school-record-tying five touchdowns and junior running back Berkley Alfrey ran for 136 yards and a TD as the Lions devoured Hazen of Renton 54-7 in a North Puget Sound League divisional crossover game at Auburn Memorial Stadium last Friday night.

The Lions (4-5) qualified for the district playoffs for the sixth straight season and the eighth time in nine years under coach Jared Gervais.

Auburn Mountainview – the NPSL’s 5 seed – travels to Puyallup to take on the sixth-ranked Vikings (8-1), the SPSL runners-up, at Sparks Stadium. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. this Friday.

“The boys are playing well, and we are excited about our chances going into the district playoffs,” Gervais said. “I am extremely proud of this group of seniors and happy to see their hard work and resilience pay off in a playoff victory.”

The loss eliminated the Highlanders (2-7).

For the Lions, it was a thorough performance.

The offense compiled 451 yards. The defense allowed just 25 yards. The Lions led 52-7 at halftime.

Junior lineman Keanu Mailoto delivered four sacks and a safety. Junior free safety Teagin Child made two interceptions.

Cooper White, a senior, caught four of Bodine’s TD passes to set a single-game school record for scoring receptions. White finished with nine catches for 97 yards. Child had three catches for 124 yards and a TD. Mark Tishchenko, a senior, caught a 9-yard TD.

Gervais has his team healthy and peaking at the right hour.

“We have told the players all year long, ‘doesn’t matter, get better,’ and that is our expectation for this week,” Gervais said. “Doesn’t matter what happened last Friday or who we play this Friday. We need to make sure that we are getting better every day.”

Elsewhere

At Thomas Jefferson 35, Auburn 27: The Raiders (2-2, 4-5) downed the Trojans (1-3, 2-7) in an NPSL Sound Division game Oct. 30.

Auburn hosts Kentlake (1-8) in a season-ending NPSL crossover game Thursday.

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