WARRENTON - The Adna and Warrenton football teams put up some crazy numbers Friday night, the least of which was the final score.
How about a quarterback who finishes with minus-4 yards on eight carries, yet scores two rushing touchdowns? Or a running back who churns out 205 yards on 31 attempts, but never reaches the end zone?
The Pirates and Warriors indeed played a tale of two halves on Warrenton's home field, and the only numbers that mattered were on the scoreboard at game's end: Warrenton 25, Adna 14.
The Pirates dominated the first quarter-and-a-half, as Adna running back Justin Perryman ran wild, gaining 163 yards on 22 carries - in the first half.
Meanwhile, the first two passes of the game for Warrenton quarterback Eric Gantenbein were intercepted, and the Warriors had eight first downs in the first half to Adna's 12.
Yet three touchdowns in the final 7:42 of the first half gave Warrenton an 18-14 lead at the break, a lead the Warriors would never relinquish.
"Sometimes it takes a big play, and that sparks you," said Warrenton coach John Mattila, whose team improves to 2-0. "Then you get that first touchdown, and that gave us some confidence and sort of loosened them up, and gave us a chance to win.
"When you can get something going, you can get into a rhythm, and a lot of other things work. We just weren't in a rhythm early."
Adna used a pair of Robbie Elliott-to-Billy Naillon touchdown passes to grab a 14-0 lead with 8:43 left in the second period, but the Pirates eventually had to put up the surrender flag - which turned out be seven yellow flags for 70 yards.
Adna was whistled for several key penalties which wiped out two big kick returns and extended several Warrenton drives - including the Warriors' second drive of the second quarter.
A roughing-the-passer call on the Pirates gave Warrenton a first down at the Pirate 35, and two plays later, Gantenbein hit Bret Birman from 25 yards out for Warrenton's first score.
The Pirates were forced to punt on their next series, and following a 33-yard run by Shane Rudduck, Gantenbein found Aaron Torres for a 37-yard scoring strike.
Adna fumbled the ensuing kickoff, and it took the Warriors just 82 seconds to find the end zone again, with Gantenbein sneaking in from one yard out.
Gantenbein riddled the Pirate defense - primarily the left corner - for 168 yards passing. Brandon Engebretson caught four passes for 66 yards, including a 30-yarder that set up Gantenbein's first TD run.
After a scoreless third quarter, the Warriors put the lid on yet another regular season victory - their 37th in 38 games - with a 15-play, 76-yard scoring drive that ate up 7:57 off the clock and culminated with another 1-yard run by Gantenbein.
The Pirates were whistled for two 15-yard penalties during the drive, including a pass interference call on a third-and-20.
"We did get some fortunate penalties on those drives - some against us and some for us," Mattila said. "It worked out to where the ones for us were very advantageous."
Rudduck had a breakthrough game, running for 138 yards on 20 carries, and Warrenton racked up 369 yards in total offense. The Warrior defense held Adna to three first downs in the second half and recovered four Pirate fumbles.
"I think (Adna) out-prepared us, to be honest," Mattila said. "They were more prepared than we were, and that's just because we were never able to get anybody up there to film their game. We just went on hearsay, and what I'm really proud of is that the kids were able to adjust on the field as the game went on.
"It's easy to get down, but our kids kept playing and got right back in the ball game. We got better as the game went on, both running and throwing the ball. It helped when we had a better idea of what (the Pirates) were doing."
Warrenton is at home for the next two weeks, with Northwest League contests against Corbett and Knappa, respectively.
Astoria 31, Philomath 13PHILOMATH - The Astoria Fishermen erased a 13-0 deficit and then some Friday night at Clemens Field in Philomath.
After spotting the Warriors a 13-point lead in the first quarter, the Fishermen scored the next 31 points in a 31-13 nonleague win.
Astoria scored a pair of touchdowns in the second period, the first on a 45-yard pass from Keenan Borgardt to Andrew MacLean.
The Fishermen struck again later in the quarter as Borgardt found Frankie Febus from 15 yards out for a 14-13 lead.
MacLean reached the end zone again in the third quarter, scoring on a 30-yard run, and the Fishermen pulled away in the final period. Borgardt scored on a 1-yard run and Kye Johnson booted a 27-yard field goal with 1:40 left in the game.
Astoria senior Mike Roberts led all players with 160 yards on 14 carries, while Borgardt completed 10-of-20 passes for 129 yards.
Borgardt was intercepted twice, but the Fishermen defense intercepted two passes.
"The key was not panicking when we got down early," said Astoria coach Howard Rub. "We dominated defensively after the first quarter (the Fishermen did not allow a rushing or passing first down the final three quarters). It was as good a night as you can have, and it was great to see us dominate the line.
"(The Warriors) could not stop the run, and it makes it nice to try some other things when you can run the ball."
Astoria (1-1) hosts Toledo Friday.
Seaside 28, Taft 21TAFT - Dennis Olstedt was a one-man wrecking crew and the Seaside defense rose to the challenge Friday night at Broadway Field, as the Gulls posted their first victory since the 2002 season, 28-21 over Taft.
The win snapped a 14-game losing streak.
Olstedt scored on a 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, and returned an interception 55 yards for a score on Taft's first possession.
Tied 14-14 at halftime, the Tigers grabbed a 21-14 lead in the third period. The Gulls tied it when Scott Lucia blocked a Taft punt, which was recovered in the end zone by Jesse Smith.
Olstedt scored the game-winning TD in the fourth period, sprinting 44 yards for a score on a fourth down play.
Olstedt rushed for 179 yards on 22 carries, and caught four passes for 41 yards. John Knutsen intercepted a pass.
Seaside plays at Yamhill-Carlton Friday.
Waldport 20, Knappa 18KNAPPA - Knappa dominated the numbers game Friday night against Waldport, but it was the Irish who managed to escape town with a 20-18 nonleague win over the Loggers.
Knappa rolled up 282 yards in total offense to Waldport's 111, while the Logger defense held the Irish to just four first downs in the first half and none in the second half.
Waldport managed to take advantage of a few big plays, such as Beau Biron's 30-yard interception return in the third quarter that gave the Irish a 14-11 lead. Later in the period, Biron returned a punt 89 yards for a score before the Loggers scored on a 1-yard run by Brandon Wing in the fourth quarter.
The Loggers lost a fumble as they were going in for a touchdown late in the game, and outgained Waldport on the ground, 262 to 42.
Knappa hosts a big Northwest League opener Friday with Vernonia.
Mapleton 44, Jewell 8JEWELL - Jewell continued its tough nonleague schedule Friday afternoon, as visiting Mapleton posted a 44-8 win over the Bluejays.
Jewell, which falls to 0-3, was held to just 117 yards in total offense, while Mapleton's Joey Iverson scored four touchdowns.
The Sailors built a 26-0 halftime lead, and the Mapleton starters increased their lead to 34-0 in the fourth quarter, before Jewell's Randy Layman returned a kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown.
The Jays play Friday at South Wasco County.
Ocosta 38, Ilwaco 0WESTPORT, Wash. - After opening the season with a 14-8 win over Umatilla, Ilwaco suffered its second straight shutout loss Friday night, a 38-0 setback at Ocosta's Griffin Memorial Field in a Southwest Washington 1A game.
Ocosta racked up 467 yards in total offense, and Eddie Knick gained 74 yards to lead Ilwaco, which hosts Toledo (Wash.) Friday.
Wahkiakum 57, Naselle 6CATHLAMET, Wash. - Naselle ran into powerhouse Wahkiakum Friday night in Cathlamet, Wash., and the Mules kicked the Comets 57-6 in the annual KM Mountain Trophy game. Steve Henifin scored four touchdowns for the Mules, who held a 32-0 lead at halftime.
SoccerBattle Ground 2, Astoria 0WARRENTON - The Astoria girls soccer team suffered its second straight 2-0 defeat as Battle Ground posted the win over the Fishermen Friday at the Warrenton Soccer Complex.
While Astoria is still looking for its first official goal of the season, the Fishermen defense continues to play well.
Sweeper Maia Fastabend anchored Friday's effort, while keeper Kim Russell made several outstanding saves.
Emily Kuske, Katrina Sentgeorge and Amanda Silva provided strong play in the midfield for the Fishermen, who open the league season Thursday at Rainier.
VolleyballLoggers, Warriors tie for thirdROCKAWAY BEACH - The Knappa and Warrenton volleyball teams tied for third in the Neah-Kah-Nie Tournament, Saturday in Rockaway Beach.
The Loggers split with Mapleton, Central Linn and eventual champion Neah-Kah-Nie in pool play, before losing to Corbett in bracket play.
Warrenton lost games to Corbett (15-25, 11-25), before defeating Gaston (25-21, 25-21) and splitting with Vernonia (25-16, 23-25). The Warriors finished with a two-game loss to Neah-Kah-Nie (14-25, 19-25).