Toledo vs. Ilwaco is quickly becoming a rivalry game. And the Indians are king of it.

Toledo posted 28 first-half points in its 35-7 victory over the Fishermen on Friday in Ilwaco. It’s the fifth time in the last 24 months the two teams have met and the outcome has been the same.

“I’m just proud of the way the guys played early,” Toledo coach Mike Christensen said. “I’m proud of our guys and how they responded after a tough loss last week.”

Christensen’s first win as head coach comes after a 19-18 loss to Charles Wright Academy in Week 1, which came with the clock expired, on a failed 2-point conversion attempt.

That first win came in what’s become an interdivision rivalry.

“It has become one,” Ilwaco coach Kevin McNulty said. “It’s become our nemesis; they’ve had the upper hand on us, kocked us out of the state playoffs last year. The year before they knocked us out of the crossover game. So, yeah, they’ve kind of had our number.”

Toledo started fast, recovering a fumble on the Fishermen’s first possession and quickly translated that into a 7-yard touchdown run by Ethan Buck.

Toledo then forced a three-and-out, starting at their own 48-yard line and eight rushing player later, scored their second time in the first quarter — a 4-yard run by Keyton Wallace.

The next score came on a 39-yard deep pass to receiver Fano Hansen, and their fourth after Hansen picked off a pass at the Ilwaco 47-yard line. Coleby Cherrington finished that one off with a 2-yard rushing score to make it 28-0.

“Just pounding the ball with our run game worked so well for us,” Toledo quarterback Gannon Madill said. “Both of our backs are great, so we can give it to either one of them.”

Following a punt that was preceded by four delay of game penalties with the officials ruling that the clock should continue running — Christensen said the penalties were intentional — Ilwaco received the ball with a short field and Trent Ramsey caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from Ilwaco quarterback Ethan Personius for the only Fishermen score of the game.

“We were able to get some quick hitters, their line was slanting really well and our line was having trouble with that,” McNulty said. “Their nose guard and their tackles were just getting to the ball.”

Madill intercepted a pass in the third quarter and returned it for a touchdown, the game’s final score.

Wallace finished with 93 rushing yards, with score, and Hansen had 50 receiving yards. Cherrington had 51 yards and Madill threw for 108 yards and a touchdown, with an additional 80 yards rushing. 

Ilwaco’s Brandon McMullen paced the Fishermen with 47 rushing yards, and 12 receiving yards. Allen Chetwood chipped in 13 rushing yards and Brandon Duke added seven more.

Toledo faces Adna on the road next week, and Ilwaco will travel to Kalama.


Jason is a journeyman sports reporter who has covered the Golden State Warriors, Oakland A's, along with a heavy emphasis on the Oakland Raiders. He comes to Cowlitz County from Oakland, Calif. and is a loving father.

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