KNAPPA — Knappa put the finishing touches on yet another perfect league season Friday, with an easy 50-0 win over Gaston in a Northwest League football finale.
The Loggers (8-0 overall) will host Bandon (4-5) in a first round state playoff, Friday or Saturday.
For the second year in a row, Knappa went through league play unchallenged, winning its four league games by scores of 52-7, 36-20, 40-7 and 50-0.
For the Loggers, the “kids came out and did their jobs from the opening kickoff,” said Logger coach Aaron Barendse. “Our senior group played their final regular season game at home, and they were impressive from the start. Completely focused.”
The Loggers were not even distracted, “being Senior Night, Homecoming and outright league title on the line,” he added. “But our kids really were tuned in. Those seniors really have the rest of the team following their lead.”
A Gaston player was injured late, which put a damper on the game.
“The game ended early and our thoughts and prayers are with the kid injured,” Barendse said. “You never want to see anyone injured and unable to walk off the field. It’s just a game and things like that put things into perspective fast. We look forward to our next challenge and I know our kids will give everything they have.”
The Loggers have given up just 53 points in eight games, the least among all 2A teams. The next fewest is 91 points allowed by Grant Union.