Toledo KOs Friday Harbor for State Playoff Bid


Toledo senior Wyatt Nef quarterback ran for 140 yards and three TDs and passed for another as Toledo ousted 2B Northwest League champion Friday Harbor, 49-27, in the 2B District 4 crossover playoffs Saturday at Oak Harbor High School.

The win cemented Toledo’s ninth-straight state playoff berth and the Riverhawks are now one of 12 teams left in the state.

“As a program, that’s a good feeling,” Toledo coach Mike Christensen said. “That’s a streak we have going and we don’t want to be known as the team that broke that streak.”

The fourth-ranked Riverhawks, who had to defeat Pe Ell-Willapa Valley just to reach the district crossover with Friday Harbor, proved they’re the real deal and the Central 2B League is just as good as it always is. They’ve now won three games in the past 10 days to reach this point.

“It feels pretty good,” Christensen said. “It seemed like a big task but we took it in chunks, game by game.”

Toledo did most of its damage to the Wolverines on the ground, racking up 415 rushing yards en route to 499 total yards.

Justin Filla carried the rock 14 times for 136 yards and a score, and caught a 28-yard touchdown pass from Nef. Zane Ranney had a 5-yard rushing TD and Austin Norris added a 3-yard rushing score.

Nef was  perfect passing, going 4 for 4 for 84 yards and a score. Aiden Umbriaco caught one of those passes for 29 yards.

Toledo improves to 9-2 overall, with its only losses coming to No. 7 Onalaska and No. 2 Kalama. Now, they’ll hope for a top-8 seed when the WIAA releases its state seeding at 1 p.m. Sunday. A top-8 seed would allow the Riverhawks to host their first-round game.