Photos: Montesano rides Isaiah Pierce’s dominant night to 42-20 win over La Center to clinch playoff berth

WOODLAND, Wash. — Isaiah Pierce tallied 295 yards of total offense and four touchdowns to lead Montesano to a 42-40 win over La Center to clinch a 1A state playoff berth on Friday night at Woodland High School.

The win vaults the Bulldogs (6-3) into the 16-team pool, which will be sorted into a bracket by a WIAA seeding committee on Sunday; The loss ends the season for the Wildcats (6-3).

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Wildcats quarterback Darren Cepeda accounted for 178 passing yards, 72 rushing yards and had a hand in all three of his team’s touchdowns.

Here are photos from the game:

(All photos by Joshua Hart)

La Center’s Levi Giles and Montesano’s John Southard jointly carry an American flag off the field following a pregame tribute to the troops before a 1A Southwest District playoff game on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, at Beaver Stadium in Woodland. Montesano won 42-20. (Photo by Joshua Hart)
Montesano’s Isaiah Pierce rumbles through La Center tackler Austin Nixon in a 1A Southwest District playoff game on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, at Beaver Stadium in Woodland. Montesano won 42-20. (Photo by Joshua Hart)
Montesano coach Matthew Jensen high fives Jared Whisenhunt and Jacob Salstrom after a first-quarter touchdown in a 1A Southwest District playoff game on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, at Beaver Stadium in Woodland. Montesano won 42-20. (Photo by Joshua Hart)
La Center’s Darren Cepeda storms through the arms of Montesano’s Tyler Johansen in a 1A Southwest District playoff game on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, at Beaver Stadium in Woodland. Montesano won 42-20. (Photo by Joshua Hart)
Montesano quarterback Jayden McElravy pump fakes in a 1A Southwest District playoff game on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, at Beaver Stadium in Woodland. Montesano won 42-20. (Photo by Joshua Hart)
Montesano’s Isaiah Pierce runs up the sideline in a 1A Southwest District playoff game on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, at Beaver Stadium in Woodland. Montesano won 42-20. (Photo by Joshua Hart)
Montesano’s Caydon Lovell tries to catch a potential touchdown pass in a 1A Southwest District playoff game on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, at Beaver Stadium in Woodland. Montesano won 42-20. (Photo by Joshua Hart)
Montesano’s Konnor Odekirk and Kaleb Ames celebrate a fumble recovery in a 1A Southwest District playoff game on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, at Beaver Stadium in Woodland. Montesano won 42-20. (Photo by Joshua Hart)
Montesano’s Ethan Blundred dives for a possible interception in a 1A Southwest District playoff game on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, at Beaver Stadium in Woodland. Montesano won 42-20. (Photo by Joshua Hart)
Montesano’s Isaiah Pierce pushes away La Center defenders in a 1A Southwest District playoff game on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, at Beaver Stadium in Woodland. Montesano won 42-20. (Photo by Joshua Hart)
Montesano’s Jaxson Wilson is tackled by La Center’s Alder Brigham and Andrew Kysar in a 1A Southwest District playoff game on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, at Beaver Stadium in Woodland. Montesano won 42-20. (Photo by Joshua Hart)
La Center’s Colby Hylton and Caydon Lovell compete for a jump ball in a 1A Southwest District playoff game on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, at Beaver Stadium in Woodland. Montesano won 42-20. (Photo by Joshua Hart)
La Center’s Tyler Norine catches a pass on the sidelines in a 1A Southwest District playoff game on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, at Beaver Stadium in Woodland. Montesano won 42-20. (Photo by Joshua Hart)
La Center’s Darren Cepeda trucks Montesano’s Bode Poler for a 13-yard touchdown in a 1A Southwest District playoff game on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, at Beaver Stadium in Woodland. Montesano won 42-20. (Photo by Joshua Hart)
La Center’s Darren Cepeda throws on the run in a 1A Southwest District playoff game on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, at Beaver Stadium in Woodland. Montesano won 42-20. (Photo by Joshua Hart)
Montesano’s Thomas Boyle screams in victory after a 1A Southwest District playoff game on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, at Beaver Stadium in Woodland. Montesano won 42-20. (Photo by Joshua Hart)
La Center’s Andrew Kysar tries to reel in a long catch in a 1A Southwest District playoff game on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, at Beaver Stadium in Woodland. Montesano won 42-20. (Photo by Joshua Hart)

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