Adna played commendable defense but penalty-halting drives stalled its offense in a 44-0 defeat to Kalama on the road Friday in non-league action.
Chinooks’ star quarterback Jackson Easary ran for two touchdowns and threw for two more as Kalama churned out 351 total yards of offense.
Pirates’ coach KC Johnson said Friday’s game against the No. 2 Chinooks might have been his team’s best performance of the year. Take away a 66-yard TD jaunt by Esary and the Pirates held him to 50 yards rushing on 15 carries and 111 passing yards.
“I’ve never been on the wrong end of a score like that and been incredibly happy with our performance,” Johnson said. “We just shot ourselves in the foot. To hold Esary to 111 yards passing, I was so happy with our defense.”
Adna’s offense, meanwhile, struggled with little mistakes. Quarterback Lane Johnson was 14 of 32 passing for 77 yards, while the run game was limited to 40 yards on the ground, led by Luke Mohney’s four carries for 17 yards. Aaron Aselton was the Pirates’ top pass catcher, hauling in six catches for 41 yards.
“We just couldn’t get on the board,” KC Johnson said. “Our effort was awesome.”
The Pirates compiled just five first downs to Kalama’s 11, and were held to 120 yards of total offense. Still, KC Johnson is optimistic about his team whose only two losses are to the top-two ranked teams in the state (Napavine and Kalama).
Adna (2-2 overall) travels to King’s Way Christian for another non-league matchup at 6 p.m. Friday.