WARRENTON - Warrenton put the finishing touches on another undefeated regular season Friday night, as the Warriors knocked off Knappa 47-20.
Next up for Warrenton, the state playoffs. The Warriors will open the post-season Saturday at home against Weston-McEwen. Kickoff is tentatively set for 1 p.m.
Warrenton (9-0 overall, 6-0 in league) held a 34-0 halftime lead on the Loggers, who finish the season 2-7 overall.
Zach Gantenbein caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Nate McBride to start the scoring, and Jon Hart recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for an-other score.
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Knappa's Doug Graham (82) takes down Warrenton's John Hart (22) as Nick Bryan (68) follows the play at Friday's football game in Warrenton.
The punt was blocked by Andy Forney, who later caught a 15-yard touchdown toss from McBride.
Nick Smith had two second half scores - a 58-yard run and a 65-yard toss from McBride.
Austin Hunsinger scored two touchdowns in the third quarter for Knappa, and Nathan Searle added a 1-yard scoring run in the fourth.
Warrenton's Nick Miller intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble, while Smith rushed for 86 yards, caught two passes for 95, and had a 39-yard interception return for a touchdown called back because of a penalty.
Weston-McEwen won a coin flip with Sherman County to break a tie in the Columbia Basin standings for the trip to Warrenton.
Scappoose 55, Astoria 15SCAPPOOSE - Astoria closed out the regular season against top-ranked Scappoose Friday night, and the Indians geared up for the state playoffs with a 55-15 win over the Fishermen.
Astoria's Mike Rieck scored on a 4-yard run in the first quarter. The Fishermen trailed just 14-7 late in the period.
Later in the first half, Astoria had a first-and-10 at the Scappoose 16 with a chance to tie, but the Fishermen failed to convert on a fourth-down pass play. The Indians went on to build a 28-7 halftime lead.
Garrett Long scored Astoria's final touchdown on a 12-yard scramble, then ran for the two-point conversion.
"Mike Rieck did a good job running the ball," said Astoria coach Howard Rub. "We did some good things at times, and our pass protection was much better, compared to where it was at the beginning of the season.
"Scappoose just has too many horses," he said.
Fishermen running back Andrew MacLean was injured on the first play from scrimmage, and Rieck later suffered a shoulder injury before leaving the game.
Scappoose finishes the regular season 9-0 overall. After a first round bye, the Indians will face the winner of Vale-Estacada Nov. 15 or 16.
Rainier 54, Seaside 20RAINIER - The Rainier Columbians built a 47-6 halftime lead, on their way to a season-ending 54-20 win over Seaside Friday night.
The Gulls' only score in the first half came on a 15-yard Jon Wickersham-to-Karl Hertig pass.
Seaside outscored the Columbians 14-7 in the second half, highlighted by Wickersham's 87-yard scoring toss to Brian Robison and a 12-yard run by Jimmy Sibley in the fourth quarter.
Sibley had two rushes for 46 yards, while Wickersham completed 12-of-18 passes for 248 yards. According to Seaside coach Dave Foust, Robison may have set a Seaside school record with nine catches for 202 yards.
The Gulls finish the season at 4-5 overall.
Corbett 27, Neah-Kah-Nie 14CORBETT - Corbett scored three touchdown in the fourth quarter, overcoming a 14-6 deficit for a 27-14 win over Neah-Kah-Nie Friday night.
Joe Winters scored all three touchdowns in the final period for the Cardinals, including a 32-yard jaunt for the last score.
Winters rushed for 127 yards, while Chris Kidby led the Pirates with 118 yards on 16 carries. Kidby scored both Neah-Kah-Nie touchdowns.
"Obviously we were not ready for the weather conditions," said Pirates coach Ray Downs. "The 60 mile-per-hour wind wreaked havoc on our passing game."
Kidby had one punt into the wind for 0 yards.
Charles Wright 47, Ilwaco 41