KNAPPA — After suffering through a combined 1-13 league record over the past three seasons, the Vernonia football program completed its amazing turnaround Friday night at Knappa, where Vernonia scored a 34-22 win in the annual Logger Bowl.
A Knappa win would have created a three-way tie for first in the Northwest League, but the victory gave Vernonia the NWL title, as Thor Ware’s team finishes 3-0 in league, 9-0 overall.
Vernonia — which had scored over 60 points four times this year — was held in check for the most part by the tough Knappa defense.
Vernonia’s Blade Ware ran 30 times for 335 yards, with five runs over 40 yards.
Knappa saw the return of quarterback Dale Takalo and receiver Reuben Cruz, who had a 70-yard run.
Andrew Goozee scored all three touchdowns for Knappa, which trailed 12-6 at halftime, even after losing three of six fumbles in the first half.
Vernonia recovered an onside kick to start the game, and never trailed.
Knappa had beaten Vernonia the last three years, 44-6, 64-6 and 63-0.
Portland Christian 0
PORTLAND — Warrenton posted a 29-0 win over Portland Christian Friday night in Portland, as the Warriors closed out the 2015 season in perfect style.
Still, Warrenton’s 1-2 league record came up just short of clinching a spot in the sweet 16, as Rainier (3-0) and Clatskanie (2-1) will be the two representatives from the Lewis & Clark League in the state playoffs. Warrenton finishes 4-5 overall.
The Warriors rolled up 180 yards on the ground on 37 carries (4.9 yards per carry). Tyler Whitaker led the way with 99 yards on just nine carries.
Whitaker opened the scoring on a 75-yard run, just 25 seconds into the game.
Nathan Bighill and Tyler Coolidge added touchdown runs later in the first half for a 21-0 lead at the break.
Coolidge scored on a 5-yard run in the final quarter.
Defensively, Anthony Cochran had eight tackles, while Jesse Salcedo had an interception and the Warriors recovered three fumbles.
Ilwaco 22, South Bend 7
SOUTH BEND, Wash. — Ilwaco’s Alec Bell and Jack Kaino both broke the 100-yard barrier on the ground, and the Fishermen rallied from a 7-6 halftime deficit for a 22-7 win at South Bend Thursday, in a Pacific 2B League contest.
Ilwaco (6-3 overall) finishes as the league’s No. 4 seed, and will travel to Napavine for a crossover game Friday.
Bell rushed for 131 yards and all three Ilwaco touchdowns, while Kaino ran for 106 yards.
Naselle 72, Twin Valley 0
NASELLE, Wash. — Naselle closed out the regular season with a 72-0 win over winless Twin Valley Friday.
Donny Edwards had an 82-yard kickoff return for a score, and returned a punt 62 yards and an interception 35 yards for additional touchdowns.
Ontario 5, Astoria 1
ONTARIO — Ontario’s Hector Aguado scored three goals in a 5-1 win over Astoria Saturday, in a 4A boys soccer Regional Play-in game.
Tiger teammates Saul Guardado and Enrique Sanchez added goals in the victory, which sends Ontario to the final 16 of the state playoffs.
Ontario will play at Molalla Tuesday, while the season comes to a close for the Fishermen, who finish 4-9 overall.
In another state playoff Tuesday, Seaside will host Junction City, 7 p.m. at Broadway Field.