2B Mountain Division Football: Napavine Steamrolls Loggers 40-8
Air Attack: Dawson Stanley Finds Success Hucking the Pigskin
By Jordan Nailon
NAPAVINE — The Tigers utilized their prolific team speed Friday night in order to leave Onalaska in the dust early on en route to a decisive 40-8 victory in Central 2B Mountain Division football action.
That onslaught of speed led to a litany of turnovers for the Loggers that the Tigers were able to spin into points time after time. In the first quarter alone Napavine’s Dawson Stanley managed to wrangle a fumble recovery to pair with an interception. Both takeaways led directly to Napavine points.
Draven Riddle did the honors on the first go-round with a 30-yard touchdown off a fly sweep. Following his fumble recovery, Stanley connected with Noah Lantz on a 58-yard swing pass that advanced the ball all the way to the 1-yard line before Stanley pranced into the end zone untouched on the ensuing play for the score.
Those series of plays put Napavine up 13-0 in the first quarter. The second quarter saw more of the same and the Tigers were able to stretch their lead all the way out to 40-0 before both teams retreated to their locker rooms for halftime.
After forcing a turnover on downs near midfield as time ran out on the first quarter the Tigers came out and wasted little time extending their lead to three scores when Stanley again connected with Lantz, this time for a 36-yard touchdown pass. Lantz led all offensive players with 138 yards gained, all through the air thank to five spot-on passes from Stanley.
Following another turnover on downs by Onalaska — after a long snap sailed over their punter’s head — the Tigers again found success through the air when Jordan Purvis went up and over his defender to haul in a nice fade toss from Stanley for a 34-yard touchdown catch.
With their backs to the wall Onalaska went against their nature in the second quarter and threw the ball on several occasions. None of those passes were hauled in by Loggers’ players but Napavine’s Purvis managed to jump a slant route and return the ensuing interception 50 yards for a touchdown.
The final Napavine score on the evening was also generated off of a turnover, after Garret Shannon intercepted another ill-fated Onalaska pass deep in Logger territory. Facing fourth and 2 from the 10-yard line the Tigers dialed up a quarterback sweep and Stanley was able to shuffle into the end zone behind heavy a contingent of blockers.
Stanley posted two rushing touchdowns in the game to go with two passing touchdowns and 173 yards in the air. Riddle led the Napavine rushing attack with 37 yards and a touchdown on just two carries.
As a sophomore playmaker on a team looking to defend their state championship after graduating the core of their team, Riddel knows it’s up to players like him to keep the Tigers moving in the right direction.
“It felt great,” said Riddle of his coming-out party in front of a packed house at home. “It wouldn’t have been possible without the great blocking on the outside.”
Riddle said it makes his job easier to be a spot-back in an offensive system filled with talented playmakers with championship experience like Stanley, Purvis and Lantz.
“It boosts my confidence a lot having All-League players all around me,” said Riddle.
Napavine coach Josh Fay said he was pleased with the first half performance of his team, although the Tigers’ second-half offensive struggles seemed to get his goat.
“We were hoping we were going to establish the run a little bit better tonight. Fortunately Dawson grew up and got to throw the ball a little bit instead,” said Fay. “He’s grown. He’s come a long way and he’s doing some good stuff. Hopefully he’ll continue on this upward trajectory.”
Hazen Inman scored Onalaska’s only points on the night with a 2-yard run in the middle of the fourth quarter. Lazaro Rodriguez capped that touchdown with a conversion rush.
Adrian Sanchez led the Onalaska rushing attack with 100 yards on 22 carries.
On Friday Napavine (3-1) will travel to Adna while Onalaska (3-1) will look to rebound at home versus Rainier in a pair of SWW 2B League Mountain Division games.
TIGERS 40, LOGGERS 8
Napavine 13 27 0 0 —40
Onalaska 0 0 0 8 —8
NAP — Draven Riddle 30-yard run; kick failed
NAP — Dawson Stanley 1-yard run; Alex Gaona kick
NAP — Stanley 36-yard pass to Noah Lantz: Gaona kick
NAP — Stanley 34-yard pass to Jordan Purvis; Gaona kick
NAP — Purvis interception return; kick failed
NAP — Stanley 10-yard run; Gaona kick
ONY — Hazen Inman 2-yard run; Lazaro Rodriguez run
Team Stats NAP ONY
First Downs 4 13
Rushing Yards 97 214
Passing Yards 173 0
Total Yards 270 208
Comp-Att-Int 7-11-0 0-5-3
Fumbles/Lost 0/0 2/1
Penalties/Yards 4/20 3/15
Rushing: NAP — Draven Riddle 2/37, Dawson Stanley 7/11; ONY — Adrian Sanchez 22/100, Lucas Kreger 13/47, Hazen Inman 12/45
Passing: NAP — Stanley 7-11/173; ONY – Kreger 0-5/0
Receiving: NAP — Noah Lantz 5/138, Jordan Purvis 2/35; ONY — N/A