Sophomore quarterback Lane Johnson threw for 320 yards and Adna pulled off big plays when it needed to hand Pe Ell-Willapa Valley a 26-8 non-league defeat on Saturday at Crogstad Field in Menlo.
The Pirates compiled just 42 yards on the ground, but found success through the air with Johnson completing 22-of-29 passes for 320 yards, two TDs and no interceptions.
“It just came down to skill kids and Lane throwing the ball,” Adna coach KC Johnson said.
Adna senior tailback Gabe Slape led the rushing attack with two touchdown runs on six carries for 17 yards. Tristan Ridley added four carries for 25 yards.
Adna also took advantage of six Titans’ turnovers, four fumbles and two interceptions.
“We played flat-footed in the first quarter,” PWV coach Josh Fluke said. “They had a couple long-bomb touchdowns, and every time we got the ball moving we had a penalty or a turnover.”
Slape started off the scoring with a 25-yard touchdown jaunt to make it 6-0 with seven minutes left in the first quarter. Johnson then tossed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Jaxon Dunnagan and a 20-yard score to Trenton Carper to go up 19-0 with 7:12 left before the half.
PWV finally got on the scoreboard with Blake Howard’s 8-yard touchdown run with 3:45 left in the second quarter to trail 19-8 at halftime.
But the Pirates’ defense ramped up the pressure and held the Titans scoreless in the second half, while Slape tacked on his second rushing score of the day with 11:53 left in the game to close out the scoring at 26-8.
Adkins was 5-for-16 passing for 90 yards and two interceptions for the Titans. Wil Clements hauled in two of those passes for 37 yards.
Defensively, Howard finished with eight tackles, junior Kolton Fluke had seven tackles and Garrett Keeton added two sacks and five tackles.
“Our defense didn’t do too bad. We held our own on a few of the turnovers,” Fluke said. “We had a good week of practice, we just got slapped in the face.”
For Adna, Aaron Aselton had a game-high seven catches for 149 yards, while Trenton Carper hauled in two catches for 83 yards and Dunnagan finished with five catches for 49 yards.
Adna improves to 1-1 overall and is looking for a Week 3 opponent after Toutle Lake forfeited. PWV (1-1) travels to the Oyster Capital of the World to take on Raymond-South Bend on its new turf field at 7 p.m. Friday.