Trailing 14-0 with about four minutes left, Mike Christensen felt the game slipping away from the Toledo Indians.
But Toledo got some miracles and made some plays and pulled its record even with a 15-14 win over Rainier, Wash., at Ron Hippi Stadium on Friday night.
“We played through adversity,” Christensen said.
Duke Schaplow ran in a one-yard score inside the four minute mark to cut the Mountaineers lead to 14-6, then the Indians got the ball all the way down into the Rainier end.
But Schaplow threw an interception at the 1 with about 1:30 left, seemingly ending the Indians’ night.
But the Toledo (2-0) defense came up with a safety, then Schaplow ran back the free kick 60 yards to the house with 40 seconds left and Hunter Smith added the PAT for the come from behind win.
“It speaks volumes to the character of kid we have,” Christensen said.
Davin Kinsman carried 20 times for 93 yards. Schaplow pitched in 11 carries for 70 yards and also was 5-of-9 for 34 yards and the INT.
Toledo visits Napavine next week at 7 p.m.
Indians 15, Mountaineers 14
Rainier 0 0 14 0 14
Toledo 0 0 0 15 15
R: Brody Klein 23 run (2-point failed).
R: Sean Mahaffey 33 pass from Michael Green (Green run).
T: Duke Schaplow 1 run (2-point failed).
T: Schaplow 60 free kick return (Hunter Smith kick).
RUSHING — R: Brody Klein 13-54, Riffe Holmes 12-42. T: Davin Kinsman 20-93, Duke Schaplow 11-70, Trey Rego 11-54.
PASSING — R: Michael Green 7-18-1, 88. T: Duke Schaplow 5-9-1, 34.
RECEIVING — R: Sean Mahaffey 3-41, No. 11 3-23, Riffe Holmes 1-14.
Rainier 34, Scio 12: The Columbians scored 28 first-half points and Kenney Tripp again played well.
The freshman quarterback rushed for 133 yards and two scores and threw for another as Rainier (2-0) extended its winning streak to 15 games.
“It’s always nice to get the first road win of the year,” Rainier coach Mike King said.
Stone Ware added 101 yards on 12 carries for the Columbians and also scored two touchdowns. Brandon Isaacson had 55 yards on 10 carries.
Korbin Howell had 15 tackles and caught a 16-yard touchdown from Tripp, and Dominic Cameron had nine tackles.
“They play a real physical brand of football,” King said of Scio (1-1). “They test you.”
Rainier hosts Madras next week at 7 p.m.
Clatskanie 59, Highline, Wash. 36: Big second and third quarters gave the Tigers a nice rebound after Week 1.
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Sam Shockley rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns of 59 and six yards on 10 carries and Helmen added 85 yards and a touchdown as Clatskanie (1-1) scored 53 points in the middle quarters to hold off an explosive Highline team.
“They had some dudes on the other side of the football,” Clatskanie coach Tim Warren said.
After finishing the first quarter tied at 6, Clatskanie ripped off 29 second-quarter points, doubling up Highline’s 14 to take a 35-20 lead at half. The third quarter was even more lopsided, with the Tigers blanking the Pirates while putting up 24 points.
Cedrix Moses rushed for 100 yards and a two touchdowns on nine carries. James Helmen had 85 yards and a touchdown on the ground and was also 3-for-4 for 80 yards with a touchdown and a pick through the air.
Cade Warren returned a fumbled 24 yards, as well, for a Clatskanie defensive score.
Clatskanie visits Winlock next week at 7 p.m.
Napavine 33, Kalama 27: The Chinooks couldn’t overcome four straight Tigers touchdowns and Napavine snapped its four-game losing streak to its nonleague rival in Napavine.
Jackson Esary found Brennon Vance for a 59-yard score to open things, but Laythan Demarest threw a pair of touchdowns, ran for a third, then Tanner Low added a fourth score that ultimately was too much for Kalama (1-1) to overcome, though it did outscore Napavine 20-6 in the final period.
“I learned that we need to come more disciplined,” Kalama coach Sean McDonald said. “They really battled hard at the end and showed poise. Napavine is one of the top 2B teams in the state and we took them to the fourth quarter.”
Esary finished 14-of-21 passing for 261 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. He also rushed for 110 yards on 17 carries. Vance had five catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns, but was held to just six yards on the ground on two carries. Max Cox caught eight balls for 119 yards.
Kalama hosts Adna next week at 7 p.m.
Naselle 68, Chief Leschi 0: Naselle brought home a huge win against Chief Leschi Friday night.
Oggie Lopez, Jimmy Strange and Ethan Lindstrom all brought in touchdowns for the Comets during the shutout.
Ethan Lindsrom and Jason Harmon both snagged interceptions and Colton Lindstrom fell on three fumbles.
Naselle hosts Tacoma Baptist at 7 p.m. next week.
La Center 35, Woodland 6: Isaiah Flangan threw for 119 yards, but on just 11-of-26 passing as Woodland dropped to 0-2.
La Center held the Beavers to just 57 yards on the ground.
Woodland hosts Washougal next week to start GSHL play. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Winlock 47, Fort Vancouver 6: The Cardinals moved to 2-0 with a big win over the Trappers.
Nolan Swofford rushed for 61 yards and a score, and Bryce Cline added 57 yards on the ground and three touchdowns. Cline also threw for 95 yards on 3-of-6 passing with two more touchdowns.
Coleson Richendollar caught both Cline’s TD passes and had 95 receiving yards on three catches.
Winlock hosts Clatskanie next week at 7 p.m.
Adna 39, Wahkiakum 21: A big first quarter pushed the Pirates past the Mules on Friday night.
KC Beery caught Kaden Anderson’s lone completion and it was good for 72 yards and a touchdown. Braxton Johns rushed for 59 yards on 15 carries with a pair of scores.
Wahkiakum (0-2) hosts Onalaska next week at 7 p.m.
Columbia-White Salom 61, Ilwaco 0: No further information was available.
Ilwaco visits Chief Leschi next week at 7 p.m. in its league opener.
Ocosta 41, Toutle Lake 14: Taylor Lundquist had 87 total yards and a touchdown and Chase Hadaller added 65 yards and a score as Toutle Lake falls to 0-2.
The Ducks visit Morton/White Pass next week at 7 p.m.