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Win comes at heavy cost
When a team gets a win to secure a playoff berth, its usually cause for celebration.
But following the 30-6 drubbing of the Renton Ravens on Saturday, the West Sound Saints football squad was left without one of the Northwest Football Leagues elite performers, former league MVP and reigning 2004 Offensive MVP Malachai DeWalt.
DeWalt was forced to leave the game in the third quarter and may be lost for the season. DeWalt was leading the Saints in rushing at the time and scored a 2-yard touchdown in the second quarter against the Ravens (4-5).
Now the Saints (8-1) will likely rely more on Malachais brother, Malcolm DeWalt, as well as reserves Byron Moseley, Jonnel Hodge and Carl Horn.
In the contest, the Saints opened the game up early, taking a 14-6 lead into the half behind a 1-yard score from Malcolm and Malachai DeWalts score.
Saints quarterback Marvin Bronson continued his string of big performances by completing 10 of his 15 passes for 270 yards and a score, a 54-yard bomb to receiver Tony Lewis that finished the Ravens off in the fourth quarter.
Bronson again showed his agility as well, rushing for a 2-yard score in the third quarter.
With the victory, the Saints, who remain a game behind the King County Jaguars in the NWFL standings, clinched a playoff berth and can secure home field for the first round with a win over the Willamette Valley Raiders. The Raiders (6-2) are also vying for that role and will host Saturdays game against the Saints.
As of August 15
W L W L PF PA
King Co. 8 0 8 0 335 37
West Sound 7 1 8 1 266 88
Will. Valley 6 2 10 2 432 112
Oregon 5 3 5 3 115 112
Renton 4 5 7 5 197 193
Snoh. Co. 4 4 4 4 180 171
Washington 3 5 3 6 113 243
Mult. Co. 1 7 3 7 122 197
Pierce Co. 1 7 1 7 66 213
Northwest 1 7 1 9 45 264