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2B Football: Tigers Pick Their Spots to Beat Adna

Napavine’s Alex Gaona (14) celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown at the end of the first half against Adna during a SWW 2B Mountain Division football game on Friday at Adna.

QB Club: Stanley Runs for 133 Yards, Passes for 112 as No. 3 Napavine Beats No. 4 Adna 18-7

By Jordan Nailon


ADNA — The going was far from easy for Napavine here Friday night but the Tigers were able to take advantage of a few timely penalties by turning in big plays when it mattered most in order to secure an 18-7 win over the Pirates in a top-tier SWW 2B Mountain Division matchup.

Dawson Stanley kept No. 3 Napavine headed in the right direction all night from his quarterback position, chucking the ball 12 times for 112 yards and two touchdowns while carrying it another 23 times for 133 yards. It was a coming out party of sorts for Stanley, who is still attempting to eclipse the sizeable shadow of his older brother — and former All-State quarterback — Wyatt Stanley. Just a junior, Dawson has a ways to go before he is a finished product, but Friday’s 245 all-purpose yards and a pair of touchdowns is a solid start.
“That’s why we’ve got him back there. We implemented some read-option stuff this week and he did a great job making the right decisions,” said Napavine coach Josh Fay. “He’s definitely getting more comfortable on his reads.”

Stanley agreed with his coach’s assessment, noting that he is in fact feeling the game slow down a bit in the pocket and on the option read, but — like his offensive targets — he prefers to spread the credit around.
“My receivers are going up and making great plays so I’ve got to give all the credit to them,” said Stanley, who had more compliments percolating for the horses on his offensive line. “I can’t really say enough. Nate Watts did a great job stepping up big when Joel Ross went down (with a leg injury). And just as a unit they were playing solid up front.”

Napavine took a 6-0 lead with 5:09 left in the first quarter when Cole Van Wyck grabbed a handoff up the middle and raced 19 yards to the end zone. That drive took only four plays after Garrett Shannon intercepted a deep Adna pass on third and long near the Napavine 40-yard line. A run of 37 yards by Stanley on a key third-and-3 play set up the scoring jaunt.

Adna answered back two plays into the second quarter, capping off a 61-yard drive that lasted more than 6 minutes with a 17-yard swing pass from Conner Weed to Brady Collins. That trip to paydirt with 11:02 left in the second gave the Pirates a 7-6 lead that would last for the rest of the quarter, but wouldn’t make it into the locker room.

That’s because Napavine was able to recapture the lead as time expired on the first half after a questionable pass interference call moved them 30 yards down field to the 11-yard line with just a second and a half left on the clock. As the halftime horn sounded Alex Gaona busted off quick a slant route, and Stanley hit him in stride for an untouched touchdown reception that gave Napavine a 12-7 at the intermission.

Adna coach KC Johnson was none too pleased with that pass interference call after the game.

“I saw a ball that was uncatchable on that play. Feet got tangled and he went down. I thought it was a very controversial call to go in the game,” said Johnson. “They don’t get in without that. It is what it is. It hurt. That hurt us.”

Napavine tacked on a final score with just under 3 minutes left in the game when Stanley floated a 15-yard pass toward the back corner of the end zone where Jordan Purvis won a jump ball contest before slamming to the turf on his back for the touchdown. Purvis finished with a game-high three catches for 54 yards and the touchdown.

Fay said his team never flinched against a tough No. 4 Adna team — even when the went down by a point in the second quarter.

“I don’t think we got nervous. At least I hope they didn’t,” said Fay. “We talked about how there’s going to be a point at some time this season where we’d be chasing something and sure enough we wound up in it.”

Fay pointed out the performance of Purvis both offensively and defensively in the game and noted that the senior wideout/safety is poised to be a steadying influence on this year’s Tiger squad.

“He set a tone for us. He laid some big hits,” said Fay. “He’s got great ball skills, and he’s just got a nose for the football. He’s a guy we’re going to lean on.”

For Adna, Cole Fay rushed the ball 21 times for 88 yards while quarterback Conner Weed completed 9 of 17 passes for 89 yards and a touchdown.

On Friday Adna (4-1) will play at undefeated Rainier while Napavine (4-1) is set to host Life Christian Academy.

At Adna


Napavine 6 6 0 6 — 18

Adna         0 7 0 0 — 7
Scoring Summary

NAP – Cole Van Wyck 18-yard run; kick failed

ADN – Conner Weed 15-yard pass to Brady Collins;

NAP – Dawson Stanley 11-yard pass to Alex Gaona; run failed

NAP – Jordan Purvis 15-yard pass from Stanley; run failed
Team Stats NAP ADN

First Downs        17 13

Rushing Yards 202 142

Passing Yards    112 89

Total Yards        314 231

Comp-Att-Int 8-12-0 9-17-1

Fumbles/Lost    0/0 2/1

Penalties/Yards 3/25 7/45
Individual Stats

Rushing: NAP — Dawson Stanley 23/133; ADN — Cole Fay 21/88

Passing: NAP — Stanley 8-12/112; ADN — Conner Weed 9-17/89

Receiving: NAP — Jordan Purvis 3/54, Gaona 2/17; ADN — Camden Ryan 3/45

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