Kelso 47, Evergreen 27: Kelso’s Josh Webb pounded Evergreen for 286 ground yards and four touchdowns, his longest on a run of 80 yards. Freshman Conner Noah piled on with two touchdown on a total of 117 yards.
“Huge win for us tonight,” Kelso coach Steve Amrine said. “Huge comeback win after a tough loss (to Prairie last week). Our guys played very hard, very physical, against a very skilled Evergreen team.”
Unsurprisingly in a game where Kelso’s ground attack dominated, the offensive line was key: Colten Wise, Ian Merlo, Cooper Lindberg, Clay Lindberg, Brady Phillips and Seth Sutherby.
In a game where Evergreen threw 43 passes, Kelso’s young cornerbacks, sophomore Colby Cooper and freshman Noah, “did a good job covering guys who were very, very talented,” Amrine said. Cooper led Kelso in tackles with 14.
“This win just kept us alive,” Amrine said.
Kelso (5-1) hosts Hockinson (5-1) on Friday in a game with big GSHL 3A league title implications.
Clatskanie 41, Taft 14: Faced with Taft’s size and strength, Clatskanie pulled off a string of big plays on both sides of the ball that delivered victory in a clash of the Tigers.
“That team’s big and physical,” Clatskanie coach Tim Warren said. “They got some dudes.”
On Clatskanie’s first play from scrimmage, Cedrix Moses broke loose for a 50-yard touchdown run, a good start to his 123-yard night.
Later in the first quarter, Taft crowded almost its entire defense into the box, and quarterback James Helmen checked down to Noah Patterson. The 5-yard toss become a 70-yard touchdown when Taft didn’t leave anyone home. Helmen’s second touchdown, a 72-yarder to Andre Combs, was split about half-and-half between air and ground travel.
Sam Shockley, Clatskanie’s middle linebacker, had 7 ½ tackles and scored on an 11-yard run. Cade Warren and Jonathan Moravec recorded sacks, and Patterson had 5 tackles and an interception.
“Defensively, we got punched in the mouth a little bit in the second quarter, but we responded in the second half,” Warren said.
Clatskanie (4-2) visits Dayton on Friday.
Winlock 46, Mossyrock 0: The Cardinals struggled with fumbles, but still punched Mossyrock’s lights out in a 39-0 third quarter.
Quarterback Bryce Cline scored the Cardinals’ first TD; he was the leading rusher with 135 yards on 14 carries.
Logan Hall scored on a 15-yard run, and Zack Prue ran back a fumble for another six. Noah patching kicked a 31-yard field goal. Nolan Swofford caught a 37-yard scoring pass from Cline and found the end zone on a 19-yard run as well.
Overall, Winlock outgained Mossyrock 328-131. The Cardinals let the ball get loose seven times, losing two of those, but Mossy was unable to capitalize.
Winlock (4-2) visits Toutle Lake on Friday.
Rainier 68, Dayton 44: David Katon rushed for 265 yards and five touchdowns and is clearly fully healthy after a high ankle sprains as the Columbians exploded against the Pirates on Friday night at home.
Katon also caught all three of Kenney Tripp’s completions, one of which went for a score, and also had an interception.
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Stone Ware rushed for 46 yards and a score and Korbin Howell had 47 yards and a score.
Rainier and Dayton were tied at 16 at the half before the Columbians popped in the second half with dominant defense and a clicking offense.
Rainier’s defense forced three fumbles and Ethan Crape recovered two of them. Rainier coach Mike King said he and Nate Gaines were “dominant all night.”
“the first half I was a little concerned because we got out to a slow start and gave up a couple cheap ones and it was tied at halftime,” King said. “but the team captains stood up and spoke and it got us some momentum. It was good to see David Katon get going again after his injury.”
Rainier (5-1, 1-1) visits Amity next week at 7 p.m. Last year, the two met for an instant classic that Rainier won 60-54 overtime thriller at Chris Corl Field.
Castle Rock 41, King’s Way Christian 33: The Rockets nearly blew a 35-6 lead in the fourth quarter as the Cougars scored 27 points to close, but a Wyatt Partridge 45-yard touchdown run sealed Castle Rock’s fifth straight win Friday night in Castle Rock.
“We’re still working on playing all four quarters,” Rockets coach Aaron Gehring said.
Partridge continued his tear through opposing defenses with 319 yards and three touchdowns on the ground in just 19 carries. He also scored on runs of 73 and 91 yards.
Chance Naugle was 5-of-10 passing for 170 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Austin McQuilliams caught a 65-yard touchdown pass and Landon Gardner caught three passes for 59 yards and a score.
Parker Watts caught a 46-yard pass, as well, and picked off his six pass on the season. He’s had an interception in every game this year.
Castle Rock took away the Knights’ best receiver, Bryson Metz, to the tune of just one catch for 19 yards, but King’s Way quarterback Mason Packer had a game, rushing for 172 yards on 34 carries with two scores while also going 16-of-32 passing for 169 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
One of those picks went to the house on a 35-yard return by Gardner.
“They have athletes and can move the ball around,” Gehring said.
Castle Rock (5-1, 2-0) has two more tune-ups before its massive contest with La Center in three weeks, both on the road. First, they travel to Stevenson next week, then to Seton Catholic the next. The Seton game in on that Saturday at 1 p.m., while the Stevenson date is a standard Friday night, 7 p.m. affair.
Castle Rock 41, King’s Way 33
Wahkiakum 7, Toutle Lake 6
Montesano 45, Woodland 6
Ridgefield 62, R.A. Long 0
Hockinson 49, Mark Morris 3