2B Football: Napavine Blanks Rainier in Stormy Conditions
RANKED: Stanley Runs for 180 Yards as No. 3 Tigers Shut Down No. 5 Mountaineers, 22-0
RAINIER — Sideways rain and a swampish field may have slowed things down a measure, but Napavine left Rainier high and dry here Saturday in a 22-0 win.
The Tigers improved to 5-0 in SWW 2B League Mountain Division football play, wrapping up their second-straight division title with one game left in the regular season.
Dawson Stanley led the way, running the ball 30 times for 182 yards and two touchdowns. The junior quarterback added a 2-yard touchdown pass to Randy Kinswa in the fourth quarter.
“I thought our kids played well,” Napavine coach Josh Fay said, citing the team’s lack of turnovers in the inclement conditions as a bright spot. “When you don’t turn the ball over in those types of conditions, that’s good.”
Rainier, meanwhile, was held to 9 yards of offense and gave up a safety late in the first quarter.
“Overall, I just thought we played great assignment football,” Fay said of his defense. “I thought our guys were where they’re supposed to be, and I was really proud of the way we played.”
Jared McCollum and Noah Lantz, he said, were defensive standouts.
Stanley had the only two completed passes of the game, for a total of 11 yards.
“The sustained winds and the constant downpour made it difficult for teams to throw the ball,” Fay pointed out.
Stanley scored on 1-yard runs in the second and third quarters.
Noah Lantz added 62 rushing yards on three carries, while Ian Russell’s 14 rushing yards led Rainier.
Napavine (7-1, 5-0 division) hosts Chief Leschi on Friday to close out the regular season, and will host the No. 4 team out of the Coastal Division — at this point either Ilwaco, Raymond or South Bend — in a Week 10 crossover game.
Note: Napavine, Adna and Rainier were ranked Nos. 3, 4 and 5 in last week’s Associated Press state poll, and occupied the three top spots in the Mountain Division standings. Rainier (6-2, 4-2 league) wrapped up its regular season on Saturday, and will finish third in the Mountain Division unless Adna (4-1 league) loses to Onalaska (3-2 league) on Friday night — in which case the three teams will tie for second place and a coin toss will determine seedings into the District 4 crossover playoffs.
TIGERS 22, MOUNTAINEERS 0
Napavine 2 6 8 6 —22
Rainier 0 0 0 0 —0
NAP — Safety
NAP — Dawson Stanley 1-yard run; pass failed
NAP — Stanley 1-yard run; Noah Lantz run
NAP — Stanley 2-yard pass to Randy Kinswa; run failed
Team Stats NAP RAI
First Downs 6 0
Rushing Yards 234 9
Passing Yards 11 0
Total Yards 245 9
Comp-Att-Int 2-5-0 0-2-0
Fumbles/Lost 3/0 5/0
Penalties/Yards 3/30 5/45
Rushing: NAP — Dawson Stanley 30/182, Noah Lantz 3/62; RAI — Ian Russell 9/14
Passing: NAP — Stanley 2-5/11; RAI — Zach Lofgren 0-2/0
Receiving: NAP — Kinswa 1/2, Lantz 1/9; RAI — N/A