State 2B Football: Tigers Shut Down Toledo, 35-7
Business as Usual: Napavine, Kalama to Meet for Rematch in State Semifinals
By Aaron VanTuyl
It’s almost routine for Napavine at this point.
The Tigers have been in the state finals the last three years, and since 2012 have now played 11 playoff games on Centralia’s Tiger Stadium turf.
Friday’s win over Toledo was just the latest installment.
Napavine scored 21 points in the second quarter, didn’t punt in the first half and cruised in a 35-7 State 2B quarterfinal win.
“It definitely feels good,” Tiger slotback Noah Lantz said. “We worked pretty hard to get here, and we had to face two really good teams to get here.”
‘Here,’ for the Tigers, is the state semifinals, where they’ll face top-ranked Kalama on Saturday. That semifinal, at a site and time to be determined, will be a rematch of a Week 2 game that saw the Chinooks win, 14-8, in overtime.
Friday’s win, though, was business as usual. Quarterback Dawson Stanley ran for 80 yards and a touchdown and passed for 123 yards and two scores, and receiver Jordan Purvis caught four of those passes for 113 yards and both touchdowns.
“We were just able to do a lot of the things we want to do and keep them off balance,” Napavine coach Josh Fay said. “That’s kind of our M.O., anyway.”
A big part of that on Friday was simply spreading out the defense. Draven Riddle scored on Napavine’s first drive, running up the right side on a 12-yard sweep; Lantz did the honors early in the second quarter on a 5-yard play up the left side.
Toledo faked a punt but tossed an incomplete pass on its next drive, midway through the second frame, and Stanley hit Purvis on the next play for a 49-yard touchdown up the right side.
Defensively, meanwhile, the Tigers held Toledo to 221 total yards — though 80 of those came on Toledo’s final possession, with the clock winding down and the game in hand.
Keyton Wallace led Toledo with 86 rushing yards on 20 carries and a 20-yard touchdown with 2 minutes left to play. Ethan Buck added 61 yards on 15 carries.
The Indians were also unable to complete a pass on four attempts, with Napavine’s Garret Shannon snagging an interception.
The only point of concern for Napavine was a rough start to the second half. Toledo recovered an onside kick to start the third quarter, picked up 27 yards on three carries and worked down to the Tigers’ 22-yard line before losing a fumble.
“I guess the main thing is we found a way, for the next 21 minutes, to keep that goose egg up there on the scoreboard,” Fay said. “We know we’re a bend-but-don’t-break defense, and I thought we did a good job on that.”
Lantz and Cole Van Wyck played well defensively on the perimeter, Fay pointed out, and Jared McCollum was a standout at linebacker for the Tigers.
Lantz added 53 rushing yards on 10 carries, and Riddle ran six times for 57 yards.
Stanley’s rushing touchdown came on a 1-yard run late in the second quarter, and he found Purvis for a 41-yard touchdown in the third frame that made it a 35-0 game.
Toledo finished the season with a 7-5 record, a year after falling to the Tigers in the state semifinals on the same field.
Napavine (11-1) will face Kalama on Saturday, Nov. 25, either Tumwater District Stadium or back in Centralia.
TIGERS 35, INDIANS 7
Napavine 7 21 0 7 — 35
Toledo 0 0 0 7 — 7
NAP — Draven Riddle 12-yard run; Noah Lantz kick
NAP — Lantz 5-yard run; Lantz kick
NAP — Dawson Stanley 49-yard pass to Jordan Purvis; Lantz kick
NAP — Stanley 1-yard run; Alex Gaona kick
NAP — Stanley 41-yard pass to Purvis; Gaona kick
TOL — Keyton Wallace 20-yard run; Andreas Malunat kick
Team Stats NAP TOL
First Downs 9 11
Rushing Yards 201 221
Passing Yards 123 0
Total Yards 324 221
Comp-Att-Int 6-10-0 0-4-1
Fumbles/Lost 2/1 2/2
Penalties/Yards 4/50 4/32
Rushing: NAP — Stanley 15/80, Lantz 10/53, Riddle 6/57; TOL — Ethan Buck 15/61, Wallace 20/86
Passing: NAP — Stanley 6-10/123; TOL — Duke Schaplow 0-2/0
Receiving: NAP — Purvis 4/114; TOL — N/A