Vernonia 28, Knappa 3KNAPPA - It was a Logger standoff for nearly three full quarters Friday night before Vernonia brought the hammer down on Knappa in a Northwest League football opener at Logger Stadium.
The "hammer" role, incidentally, was played by Vernonia's Travis Gwin.
You're not taking a big gamble by calling Vernonia's senior running back the likely favorite for NWL Player of the Year. Gwin rushed for 160 yards on 14 carries and scored two big second-half touchdowns to help his team pull away for the win.
In a four-minute span, the game went from 7-3 to 28-3.
Shortly after Knappa's Dana Barendse kicked a 28-yard field goal with 2:49 left in the third period, Gwin powered his way through tacklers for a 56-yard touchdown run and a 14-3 lead.
Knappa went three-and-out on its next series, and three plays into Vernonia's next drive, Gwin sprinted 40 yards for another score.
And 10 seconds after Gwin's second TD, Vernonia sealed the win as Knappa fumbled the ensuing kickoff, which was scooped up by Vernonia's Eric Hansen and returned 18 yards for a touchdown.
Vernonia opened the scoring in the second quarter, as quarterback Eric Schmidlin lofted a perfect spiral down the center of the field to Russell Lende, who made the catch for a 39-yard touchdown.
Lende caught five passes for 99 yards, while Brandon Wing led Knappa with 96 yards rushing on 19 carries.
Toledo 20, Astoria 14Astoria could not contain Toledo's Travis Renfrow Friday night at John Warren Field, and the result was a big night for Renfrow and a 20-14 win for the Boomers.
Renfrow scored on touchdown runs of 30, 67 and 13 yards - all in the first half - and finished with 214 yards on 22 carries.
Astoria's Josh Ray gave the Fishermen a 7-6 lead after one quarter, but the Boomers responded with a pair of second quarter touchdowns.
Trailing 20-7 entering the final quarter, Astoria's Mike Roberts sprinted 60 yards for a touchdown to cut the lead to six.
Dan Olsen intercepted a pass for the Fishermen in the fourth period, and Astoria recovered a Toledo fumble late in the game, but the Fishermen couldn't come up with a tying touchdown.
Astoria plays at Wilsonville Friday.
Seaside 53, Yamhill-Carlton 0YAMHILL - It's been a while since a Seaside football team put up 53 points in a single game. In fact, they scored a total of 55 in their last six games of 2003.
But the Gulls had no trouble putting the ball in the end zone Friday night, as they rolled to their second win of the season in a 53-0 thrashing at Yamhill-Carlton.
Seaside sophomore Dennis Olstedt had just eight carries, but rushed for 158 yards and scored on runs of 58 and 37 yards. Scott Lucia had three carries - all touchdowns (1, 6 and 29 yards). Brian Crago caught an 89-yard pass from Pat Latham, and Jerrod Hovden returned the second half kickoff 99 yards for a score. Will Beatty capped the scoring with a 39-yard run.
The Gulls' defense intercepted five passes and limited Yamhill to 33 yards rushing and 63 passing. John Knutsen and Olstedt had two interceptions apiece.
Seaside, which had 467 yards in total offense, hosts La Salle Friday.
Warrenton 26, Corbett 0WARRENTON - Warrenton opened the league season with a shutout victory at home Friday night. The Warriors held Corbett to just 93 yards of total offense in a 26-0 victory over the Cardinals.
Corbett had just 14 yards offense in the decisive first half, as Warrenton held a 20-0 lead at halftime.
Sophomore quarterback Eric Gantenbein connected with tight end Brandon Engebretson for an 11-yard scoring play, and Shane Rudduck scored on a three-yard run to give the Warriors an early 14-0 lead.
David Dyer scored on a one-yard run in the second quarter, and Rudduck capped the scoring with a 28-yard effort in the third period.
Warrenton hosts Knappa Friday.
South Wasco 36, Jewell 14MAUPIN -Jewell's early lead didn't hold up Friday night as South Wasco County came back for a 36-14 win over the Bluejays in a nonleague 1A game.
The Jays went on a 12-play scoring drive to open the game, with Randy Layman scoring on a 3-yard run.
South Wasco's Stephen Kresse had the big night for the Redsides, scoring on runs of 26, 52 and 66 yards. His third touchdown gave South Wasco a 14-6 lead going to the fourth quarter.
Lucas Spaulding returned a kickoff 83 yards for Jewell's final score. Layman gained 92 yards on 23 carries, while Karl Dugan caught three passes for 42 yards.
Jewell has a bye this week, and opens Casco League play Oct. 7 at Oregon School for the Deaf.
Ilwaco 24, Toledo 8ILWACO, Wash. - Ilwaco snapped a two-game losing skid with a 24-8 win over visiting Toledo Friday night in a Southwest Washington 1A contest.
Ilwaco freshman Eddie Knick made his first varsity start a memorable one, rushing for 161 yards on just 13 carries. He scored the first three times he touched the ball, including a 75-yard punt return.
There was just one pass completion in the game, by Toledo on the final play.
Ilwaco plays at Winlock Friday.
Clatskanie 28, N-K-N 0ROCKAWAY BEACH - Tyler Best rushed for 102 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead Clatskanie to a 28-0 Northwest League win at Neah-Kah-Nie Friday night.