Napavine 42, Rainier 0
(Centralia, WA) The #1 ranked Napavine Tigers have rarely been challenged this season scoring in the 40’s in every game but twice and winning by an average of 38 points. Their closest game was a week ago with their 24-14 win over LaConner in a non-league match-up. Rainier came in a game behind in the Tigers with visions of knocking off the top ranked Tigers and claiming the #1 seed going into the crossovers. The Mounties had dropped only 1 game a 12-7 tussle with Adna but have put up big points in many of their games as well.
Rainier’s hopes were quickly dashed as the game unravelled quickly and Centralia Tiger Stadium. Napavine’s natural field was simply unplayable after last week’s mud bowl witt LaConner so the game was switched to Centralia, just like Adna’s game at Onalaska next week will be moved to Saturday at Centralia due to field conditions.
Napavine’s offense was not as sharp as they wanted to be but still pretty efficient led by QB Wyatt Stanley who passed for 201 yards in the 1st half with 2 touchdowns and ran one in from 28 yards out as well. Cole Van Wyck would score on a 30-yard connection to start the game on the Tiger’s first possession.
On their 2nd possession the Tigers took over on their own 29 and marched down the field to the Mounties 28. Wyatt Stanley rolled to his right looking to pass when he decided to tuck it and run and as he hit the edge picked up a devastating block from Jordan Purvis on a Rainier Linebacker and he walked into the endzone. The extra point would not be kicked for another 20+ minutes due to the injured Rainier player who was taken by ambulance to teh hospital for an evaluation.
After the long delay Austin Filley would hit the PAT but the long delay seemed to knock both teams off their game and there were several exchanges of possession until the Tigers took advantage of a short field forcing Rainier to punt from their own endzone and taking the ball on the 32. Stanley would finish off the scoring drive with a 6-yard pass to Mac Fagerness and Napavine would take a 21-0 lead into halftime.
In the 2nd half the banged up Mounties who only dressed 19 players and lost a 2-way starter earlier in the game also went without their starting QB for several plays. Zach Lofgren had a tender ankle and aggravated it more in the game and had to come out. Rainier used 2 others to fill in when he was out including running back Ian Russell who accounted for most of the 118 yards of offense Rainier put up with 95 rushing yards. Devan Stancil had most of the rest with 2 catches for 35 yards would also take snaps at quarterback.
The 2nd half the Tiger defense continued to stymie the Rainier offense and they never really threatened to get back in the game while Napavine’s offense took to the ground scoring on their 1st 3 possessions with touchdowns from Sam Fagerness from 18-yards out, a 25-yard run from Dawson Stanley and capped it off with 6:13 in the 3rd quarter on a 1-yard TD plunge from Mac Fagerness. The running clock kicked in and the Tigers clinched the Mountain division of the 19-team combined Central-Pacific 2B league.
Rainier finishes their league schedule with a 4-2 mark and will play Washougal next in a non-league game and await the outcome of the Onalaska/Adna contest. If the Loggers win it will create a 3-way tie for 2nd with no one beating both and a coin flip will determine the 2-3-4 seeds. If Adna wins they take 2nd and the 2 seed, Rainier would be 3rd and Ony 4th.
Our Pacific Sports Spa Players of the Game went to Napavine’s Jordan Purvis as the leading receiver and his work on defense for Rainier Ian Russell was the clear choice.
Adna 40, Morton-White Pass 0
(Adna, WA) The Pirates finished up their home league schedule in style with a massive running attack racking up nearly 350 yards on the ground led by Isaac Ingle’s 250 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Bucs would lead 20-0 at the half on scoring runs of 8 and 1 yards and a 25-yard pass from Conner Weed.
In the 2nd half would dominate with 3 3rd quarter touchdowns all big plays. The 1st one was a 46-yard sprint followed up with a dazzling 64-yard run and finished it off with a 24-yard pass reception from Weed and it was 40-0, with a running clock and that is where it would finish.
Our Pacific Sports Spa Players of the Game went to Adna’s Isaac Ingle and MWP’s Kaleb Rashoff.