Penalties put Kelso in a precarious position.
Emmitt Kinch had a pick-six called back, Max McDaniel had a 45-yard run called back and a 70-yard touchdown run was called back, leaving the Scotties up just 7-0 at the half in a battle with the Centralia Tigers.
But the Hilanders stopped a fake punt to begin the second half and it was off to the races, as Kelso improved to 3-1 with a 42-0 win over Centralia on Friday at Tiger Stadium.
“We overcame a lot of adversity in the first half,” Kelso coach Steve Amrine said. “The offensive line, the whole defense, it was a good team effort.”
Max McDaniel rushed for 182 yards and three touchdowns on 19 touches, including runs of 26, 9 and 3 yards and the Hilanders pounded out 417 yards as a team. Bryce Miller had 72 yards on six carries, Quentin Nelson had 55 yards on six carries and Gage Bloomfeldt had a 30-yard touchdown run.
Nelson also had a 19-yard touchdown run and Roberts recovered a fumble in the end zone.
Centralia (1-3) tallied just 190 yards in the Scotties’ second shutout of the season.
“The defense did a great job,” Amrine said. “They got us on one play, but that was about it. We’re excited with how well we played tonight.”
Kelso travels to Fort Vancouver for a 5 p.m. start Friday for the Greater St. Helens 3A opener.
Rainier 49, Dayton 25: With a mix of the Diesel and the spread offenses, the No. 6-ranked Columbians stuffed the No. 2 Pirates (3-1) at Chris Corl Memorial Field to extend the home win streak to nine games.
Joey Tripp rushed for 204 yards on 16 carries, passed for 147 yards on 15 attempts and accounted for two touchdowns as Rainier improved to 3-1. Jacob Bruce had 60 yards on 10 carries and two touchdeowns, Caymon Rea had a 36-yard touchdown catch and Dawson Carr had four catches for 68 yards, seven carries for 40 yards and two touchdowns and a 97-yard pick-six.
“All the credit goes to the O-line; they played fantastic,” Rainier coach Mike King said. “They controlled the line of scrimmage from the opening whistle.”
Tripp and Rea each had interceptions and combined for 21 tackles in the victory. Easton Crape “was all over the place.”
The Columbians travel to Benson on Friday.
Hudson’s Bay 16, Woodland 15: Nick Campbell booted a 19-yard field goal with 10 seconds left as the Eagles completed their comeback in a nonleague game at Kiggins Bowl on Friday in Woodland.
After a scoreless first quarter, Woodland (1-3, 0-1 league) took a 2-0 halftime edge when Jack Ripp tackled a Bay runner in the end zone. The Beavers led 15-6 after three quarters following a 5-yard pass from Wyatt Harsh to Wyatt Wooden, and an 85-yard kickoff return by Anthony Clifford. The fourth period was all Bay, with a 46-yard TD toss from Brian Perez to Marco Cadiz, and Campbell’s game-winning field goal.
Harsh completed 22 of 33 passes for 299 yards, and the Beavers had 24 rushes for minus-6 yards. Alex Bishop had eight receptions for 129 yards, Clifford had four catches for 67 yards, and Christian Yager caught four passes for 59.
Woodland visits R.A. Long on Friday.
Aberdeen 35, Castle Rock 21: Brady Bach ran for a touchdown and caught a scoring pass, but it wasn’t enough for the Rockets in a nonleague loss on Friday at Rocket Stadium.
CR (0-4) struggled to stop Aberdeen back Kylan Touch, who had scoring gallops of 4, 24, 5 and 47 yards. Last week, he ran for seven TDs in Aberdeen’s win at Elma.
“We did a good job boxing him in, but he a tough running back,” CR coach Eric Boswell said. “We got them in a fourth and six at their 45 late in the game, but Touch is also their punter and he passed for a first down. We had them on fourth down at our 47, but he broke through the line and scored.”
The Rockets trailed 21-14 at halftime following a 2-yard TD run from Nathan Halladay in the first quarter, and a 3-yard run by Bach in the second quarter. Bach also caught an 11-yard scoring strike from Caleb Mullen in the fourth quarter.
Castle Rock rushed for 244 of its 268 total yards. Halladay had 23 carries for 137 yards, Bach added 12 touches for 54, and Nate Myklebust added nine carries for 32.
The Rockets open their Southwest 1A Trico schedule on Friday in White Salmon.
Columbia River 25, R.A. Long 13: The Lumberjacks couldn’t muster the defense to stop the big plays in their Greater St. Helens League loss Friday night.
They forced a field goal early, but allowed a 20-yard touchdown reception not long after and two rushing touchdowns of 10 and 25 yards. Parker Reeves led the rushing attack, gaining 60 yards on 14 attempts, but the team managed only 114 yards on the ground and 110 through the air.
R.A. Long coach Rob James could not be reached for comment.
The Lumberjacks are now 2-2 overall and 1-1 in league. They will try to rebound against Woodland on Friday at Longview Memorial Stadium.
Amity 32, Clatskanie 27: The No. 7 Tigers fell in the nonleague road contest to No. 5-ranked Amity. No other information was reported.
Mark Morris 3, Battle Ground 3: The Monarchs and Tigers were also tied in sets, so MM got the win on games, 11-4, to move to 4-1 on the year. Adam Burckheardt and Max Bogin (6-2, 6-2), Tino Cemulini and Jaden King (6-0, 6-1) and Owen Johnson and Eric Chen (6-0, 6-1) won their doubles matches.
Evergreen 4, R.A. Long 2: The Lumberjacks won first singles and first doubles in a Greater St. Helens League loss on Friday in Vancouver.
Erik Grimes won singles 6-0, 6-1, and Miles Gilchrist and Hamzah Amjad won in doubles 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.
Mark Morris 190, Woodland 236: MM’s Kaden Breien carded medal honors with 46 in a Greater St. Helens 2A League match at Mint Valley on Friday.
Also for the Monarchs, Nate Tugaw had 47, Ryan O’Farrell 48, and Evan McNally 49. No report was supplied by Woodland.
Three Rivers Christian 3, Firm Foundation 2: Bailee Williams-Wallace had 25 kills, Maddie Parham and five aces and the Eagles won 23-25, 25-14, 25-16, 18-25, 15-9 on Thursday.
Lower Columbia 3, Tacoma 0: The sixth-ranked Red Devils rolled to a 25-7, 25-11, 25-7 sweep in an NWAC West Region match on Friday in Tacoma.
Megan Miller led LCC (13-5, 2-0 region) with nine kills, with Nina Bailey, McKenna LaRoy and Kenzie Bartlett adding five kills each. Macey Wright dished 14 assists and served five aces, and West Region Defensive Player of the Week Khloe Clark had seven digs. Bailey, Cassidy Thompson and Maddie Stimmel also served three aces each.
The Red Devils host South Puget Sound on Wednesday.