Top-ranked Tigers Advance to State With Elimination of Adna


Napavine senior Gavin Parker erupted for 172 yards and two touchdowns on the ground and 108 yards and two scores through the air as the Tigers shutout Adna, 53-0, in a 2B District 4 crossover playoff match Saturday at home.

Top-ranked Napavine (10-0) now advances to the 12-team state tournament while Adna (4-4) is eliminated.

The Tigers showed why they’re the No. 1-ranked team in the state, churning up 503 yards of total offense, including 386 rushing, and limiting the Pirates to just 24 yards of total offense.

“The field was a muddy mess and I know that impacted Adna’s passing game,” Napavine coach Josh Fay said. “But we were able to work on some things and spread the ball around a little bit.”

Parkers carried the rock nine times to get his 172 yards and two TDs, and caught touchdown passes for 58 and 50 yards from sophomore signal-caller Ashton Demarest.

Cael Stanley tacked on two rushing scores of his own, while Peyton League scored in a 9-yard TD run and Austin Chapman broke free for a 69-yard touchdown excursion.

Fay said the tone setter came when Adna had a huge kick return down to the Tigers’ 2-yard line, and Napavine’s defense stood tall and prevented a score.

“Our defense was solid with two interceptions, one by Ashtin Landry and another by Glade Shannon,” Fay said. “We were really well prepared, and you’ve gotta have that if you wanna be successful.”

Napavine is now one of the final 12 teams left in the state and awaits the WIAA’s state seeding set to be announced at 1 p.m. on Sunday. A top-4 seed would give the Tigers a first-round bye and a home match for the first round.