Jacob Bruce set the tone early for Rainier, returning the opening kickoff 78 yards to paydirt as the Columbians never looked back en route to a 46-14 nonleague victory over Umatilla on Friday in Rainier.
“We appreciate Umatilla making the trip over here,” Rainier coach Mike King said. “We did a nice job bouncing back from last week. It wasn’t perfection, but we had a nice start.”
Bruce was everywhere. He had two rushes for 102 yards and a touchdown, scored on a 51-yard punt return, and notched four quarterback sacks.
“Jacob played really solid,” King said. “Our varsity ran 14 plays and was out of the game midway through the second quarter.”
Joey Tripp completed 2 of 3 passes for 93 yards, and rushed three times for 74 yards and a score. Dawson Carr had one reception for 64 yards and a TD.
“Our offensive line controlled the game,” King added. “They opened big holes and kept Joey clean. Our defense was active, finishing with six sacks.”
Rainier (1-1) hosts Harrisburg on Friday in a rematch of last year’s state quarterfinal contest won by Harrisburg 28-12.
Wahkiakum 34, Ocosta 7: Zach Brown scored four touchdowns and caught a pair of two-point conversions as the Mules galloped to a nonleague victory on Friday in Cathlamet.
Brown, who carried the ball seven times for 90 yards, scored on jaunts of 45, 6, 22 and 7 yards.
Wahkiakum (2-0) broke open an 8-7 halftime advantage with 26 unanswered points.
“We took over in the second half, and we rushed for 120 yards in the third quarter,” Wahkiakum coach Eric Hansen said. “We held them to 15 plays and 20 rushing yards in the second half.”
Ocosta was held to 115 rushing and 18 passing yards.
After a scoreless first quarter, Luke Brown connected with KC Beery on a 14-yard scoring strike. Brown completed 3 of 10 passes for 47 yards, and the Mules ran for 252 yards. James Anderson had 15 carries for 80 yards, Luke Brown had six touches for 60, and Chance Cothren had seven carries for 15.
The Mules travel to South Bend on Friday.
Naselle 50, Rainier Christian 8: Cole Dorman tossed three scoring passes as the Comets scored early and often in a nonleague victory on Friday in Naselle.
“We had a better start than last week, and we executed our offense a lot better,” Naselle coach Jeff Eaton said. “We had only one turnover, and that came late in the game.”
Naselle’s starters played 1 ½ quarters in the first half, and the opening series in the second half before yielding to the reserves. Dorman completed 8 of 11 passes for 96 yards, including TD tosses of 18 yards to Ethan Lindstrom, two yards to Erik Lund, and 25 yards to Jacob Eaton. Lindstrom was 2-4 through the air for 24 yards with the second unit.
The Comets rushed for 220 of their 340 total yards. Fa’aoso Tutu’u had two carries for 51 yards including a 51 yard scoring gallop, Erik Lund had three touches for 35 yards with a 15-yard TD jaunt, and freshman Jimmy Strange had three carries for 60 yards. Another freshman, Daniel Holt, scored on a 1-yard dive, and Donny Edwards scored on a 51 yard punt return.
Defensively, freshman Jordan Lopez notched his first quarterback sack, and Strange had six tackles.
Naselle (1-1) entertains Wishkah Valley on Friday.
Clatskanie 14, Seaside 0: Two touchdown receptions by J’kari Combs in the second quarter was the difference as the Tigers picked up a nonleague victory on Friday in Clatskanie.
“It was a super physical game,” Clatskanie coach Tim Warren said. “We had some mental errors in the second half, but it’s nothing we can’t clean up. We had good efforts from everyone who played.”
Cooper Blodgett completed 5 of 9 passes for 86 yards, including scoring strikes of 70 and 5 yards to Combs. The Tigers ran for 204 yards, with James Helmen getting 16 carries for 71 yards, and Crew Blodgett added three touches for 54 yards.
Defensively, Sam Shockley had 12 tackles. Cooper Blodgett added nine tackles including a fourth quarter sack, and had an interception.
Clatskanie (2-0) visits Corbett on Friday.
Adna 48, Toutle Lake 0: Adna scored 41 first-half points before bringing in the second unit, as the Ducks dropped the nonleague contest.
“Adna is just an outstanding ballclub,” TL coach Scott Grabenhorst said. “We struggled throughout the night matching up with them.”
Adna outgained Toutle Lake 274-33 in the contest.
“We just have to get better to compete with better teams,” Grabenhorst said.