Solidly claiming second-in-league honors, the Clatskanie Tigers defeated Valley Catholic 48-25 in a home game Friday, Nov. 1.
The Tigers and Valiants were tied for second in league before the game. The Clatskanie victory gives them a 10th place seed in the tournament.
The game started slow, with a single Valley touchdown in the first quarter.
The Tigers caught their stride in the second, scoring five touchdowns to end the first half 34-6.
In the third, Valley had their second touchdown.
Clatskanie answered in the fourth with two more touchdowns and the Valiants had one.
Running back Cedet Bailey rushed for 182 yards and two touchdowns.
Quarterback Nick Donaldson ran for two touchdowns and threw for 105 yards and one touchdown.
In total the Tigers rushed for 403 yards.
Colten Puzey caught a 53-yard touchdown pass and ran for 34 yards.
Micah McLeod rushed 80 yards and had one touchdown.
David Adkinson, McLeod and Seth Makinson each snagged interceptions.
Coach Tim Warren called Friday night, “The best defensive game all year.”
The Rainier Columbians plowed through Warrenton High School Friday, Nov. 1, to secure the league title and enter the state 3A playoffs in the sixth place seed.
With 179 yards gained, Quarterback Nick Hanks led Rainier in rushing and made three touchdowns.
Jordan Brittain gained 71 yards and a touchdown in six carries. Cody Gellately had six carries for 58 yards and two touchdowns. Adam Langley had one touchdown
“Our offensive line played well led by Adam Crape, Jesse Hutchins, Jason Larson, Brandon Heacock and Dillon Taylor,” noted Coach Mike King.
He added “The defense was solid all night long.”
On defense Taylor made four sacks and Langley snagged an interception. Coach King commended the defensive play of Jacob Christopherson.
The Columbians will host Horizon Christian on Friday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. for the first round of the state playoffs.
Rainier and Clatskanie football teams start their playoff battles this weekend, with Rainier hosting Horizon Christian Friday, Nov. 8, and Clatskanie traveling east to Vale on Saturday, Nov. 9.
With a 4-0 league record the Columbians start the tournament in the sixth seed. Overall Rainier is 6-3 for the season. They allowed their opponents only 135 points, but scored 290 themselves.
Horizon is ranked 11th and took second in the West Valley league. The have a 5-4 record. Friday’s game at Rainier starts at 7 p.m.
Clatskanie took second in league, having lost a single league game to Rainier. Clatskanie’s 7-2 record is the best in the league, but the ranking system weights each opponent’s rating and league play.
Vale is ranked seventh in the state and has an 8-1 record. Saturday’s game in Vale High School starts at 12 noon.
Valley Catholic, which fell 25-48 to Clatskanie last Friday, Nov. 1, took the third place title for the Northwest league, but holds onto the ninth rank in state.
Should both Clatskanie and Rainier advance through the playoffs, the perpetual rivals will meet in the semifinals on Nov. 23.
Rainier High School (RHS) cross country runners participated in the district one championships Thursday, Oct. 24, in Beaverton. “Every varsity runner had their fastest time of the year at district meet, and that is when we wanted to run our best,” said Coach Brad Pinkstaff.
The boys’ varsity team finished sixth out of 13 teams. Two freshmen and two sophomores are on RHS’ varsity, and were among the top runners for their grade in the meet. “I am looking forward to continued success for the next few years,” said Coach Pinkstaff.
Freshman Riley Richardson and sophomore Hannah Clark placed high among lower classmen. The RHS varsity girls’ 5000 meter runners were Richardson, 24:22, and Clark, 24:25. They were
The boys’ varsity 5000 meter runners were: Brian Guisinger, 18:31; Bryan Falls, 18:47; Emmett Earlywine, 19:10; John Gaff, 19:23; Johnathan Guisinger, 19:57; Jared Thomas, 21:10, and Alex Gates, 21:15.
Junior varsity boy runners were: Logan Davidson, 21:53; Michael Morton, 23:26; Jon Zielinki, 25:55; Riley Coulter, 26:15; Nolan Abell, 27:19; David Placido, 28:09; Reece Lowry, 28:11; Zach Coulter, 28:58, and Joseph Morton, 37:46.
Closing their 2013 season, the girls of the Rainier/Clatskanie high school soccer team beat Oregon Episcopal School 3-1 on Tuesday, Oct. 30. Maisy Horness, Shayla Sullivan (assisted by Laken Garman) and Alexis Vigoren scored goals.
“The team and coaches would like to thank the families and fans that supported us this season,” said Coach Erin Fox.
The following caption was printed with its corresponding photo in the November 7, 2013 issue of The Clatskanie Chief.
HELPED ALONG BY TIMELY BLOCKING, Clatskanie Tigers Quarterback Nick Donaldson advances the ball against Valley Catholic Friday, Nov. 1. Andrew Hudson (36) blocks a lunging Valiant tackler. Several other blocks and Donaldson’s agility produced an impressive gain for the play. The Tigers beat Valley 48-25, securing the second place standing in the Northwest League. They head to Vale Saturday, Nov. 9, for the first round of the state playoffs. Chief Photo by Adam J. Wehrley