On Wednesday, Adna hammered Pe Ell-Willapa Valley, 33-0, at home in a battle of the winless. On Saturday, in a crossover playoff matchup, the Titans flipped the script on the Pirates.
After an impressive defensive effort by both teams the scoreless contest headed into overtime, where PWV drove into Pirate territory and found itself staring at 4th-and-5 and the prospect of a 35-yard field goal.
Then, to make matters a bit more daunting, an offsides penalty on the offense quickly made it a 40-yard field goal.
It didn’t matter. PWV sophomore Garrett Keeton’s kick sailed through the uprights to give the Titans their first win of the year in a 3-0 revenge victory over the Pirates on Saturday in Montesano.
PWV assistant coach John Peterson said there was one difference between Wednesday’s and Saturday’s games: head coach Josh Fluke pushed the team to turn things around for their final game of the year.
“Coach Fluke motivated those guys,” Peterson said. “And they went out there and did it.”
Keeton, who booted a 47-yard field goal at practice at Crogstad Field in Menlo, had a whale of a game, recording three sacks for a total loss of 34 yards as the Titans registered seven total sacks as a team.
Fluke also decided to move sophomore Kaidan Perkins to outside linebacker for the first time, while moving Kaden Ritzman to the defensive line. Perkins tallied seven total tackles and Ritzman added a dozen.
Adna freshman quarterback Lane Johnson, playing in just his second varsity game behind center, was 10-for-20 passing for 179 yards and two picks.
PWV ends its season with a 1-4 record while Adna finishes with a 1-5 record.
Indians Best Mountaineers
Senior tailback Davin Kinsman ran for 142 yards and two scores and Trey Rego tacked on 124 yards rushing and another two scores as Toledo topped Rainier 28-18 in a crossover playoff matchup Saturday at Tiger Stadium in Centralia.
Jacob Marley added nine rushes for 68 yards and two 2-point conversions, while quarterback Ryan Bloomstrom was 1-for-7 passing for a 37-yard completion to Carlo Arceo-Hansen.
The Indians improve to 4-2 overall with their only losses coming to Onalaska and Kalama, two of the top four teams in the state. Toledo coach Mike Christensen said he’ll remember how much fun this group of seniors had playing football for him.
“I’m proud of this group of seniors,” Christensen said. “They were freshman my first year coaching here and they will always be the group I remember. They played hard and exceeded expectations. We weren’t ranked top-10 in the state (preseason) and I think they felt disrespected. It was motivation, for sure.”
Rainier (2-5) was led by senior quarterback Michael Green, who was 14-for-22 pasing for 300 yards and three touchdowns of 19, 65 and 77 yards. Riffle Holmes caught four passes for 102 yards, while Jacob Uch caught five passes for 74 yards. Sean Mahaffey had one catch for 65 yards and 10 rushes for 28 yards.