The Chronicle - Centralia

Acorns Overwhelmed by Comets

Digging themselves into an early hole, the Oakville football team fell to No. 5 Naselle on the road Friday, 54-6. 

Eddie Klatush led the Acorns with 63 rushing yards and 108 passing yards with a scoring toss to Ashton Boyd. But that was the lone score for the Acorns on a long night. 

“We stumbled right away, fumbling on our first two drives and getting down 16-0 quick,” Acorns coach Skyler Davis said. “Our offense had a few bright moments moving the ball a bit and getting some chunk plays. Turnovers were our enemy, and our defense had no answer to the ground game.”

Haezen Cayenne added four tackles and a TFL, Courtney Price had two fumble recoveries, and Jake Jones had two sacks to lead the Acorns on defense. 

Oakville will look to respond against Winlock next Friday in another league matchup.

“Now we need to turn around against a very tough Winlock team and keep ourselves in a good spot in the league standings,” Davis said.

Mountaineers' Road Trip to Beach Ends In Victory

The Rainier football team got itself into the win column far from home Friday, bussing to the coast and beating Ilwaco 38-14.

Jake Meldrum threw for 223 yards and three touchdowns on a 15-for-24 night, and also rushed in a pair of scores as part of an 89-yard performance on the ground.

More than half of his completions went to Hunter Howell, who logged 122 receiving yards on eight catches, finding the end zone twice. John Kenney posted a touchdown and 82 yards on five catches. Jared Sprouffske combined eight rushes for 52 yards with a pair of catches for 18 more in an all-around performance.

Rainier (1-4, 1-2 league) will face Raymond-South Bend on the road next week.

Warriors Pick Up First League Win Over Tigers

Bouncing back after opening league with two losses, the Rochester football team defeated Centralia at home Friday night, 38-6. 

The Warriors ran the ball with efficiency, with Braden Hartley toting the rock 14 times for 100 yards, and quarterback Tate Quarnstrom adding 16 carries for 102 yards, pacing a Warrior squad that finished with 248 total rushing yards. 

Hartley added a rushing score, and Quarnstrom scored one on the ground and two through the air, going 8 for 14 with 120 passing yards and just one interception. 

“It was a complete team win, we did some really good things on special teams, and the defense played really well,” Warriors coach AJ Easley said. “Ashton Rodriguez and Tate both blocked punts tonight, too. Add in that you rush for 248 yards, your o-line is doing something right, they’re doing a good job.”

Rodriguez caught one of Quarnstrom’s touchdowns, and the other went on a long pass to Brady Baird for a score. 

The Tigers were again held to just one score, a short Kellen Rooklidge run in the third quarter. Rooklidge finished with 54 rushing yards. Dustin Ingles added two catches for 32 yards. 

On defense, Rooklidge added an interception with two tackles, Gabe Seymour had seven tackles, and Ingles had three. The Tigers are still looking for their first win, and take on Shelton on Thursday next week, while the Warriors play at Chehalis against W.F. West on Friday.

Titans Hand T-Wolves First Loss of the Season in Rout

The Pe Ell-Willapa Valley football team got the bounce-back win it so desperately needed, while Morton-White Pass was dealt a dose of reality in a 41-8 win for the Titans in Randle on Friday.

PWV dropped 27 points in the first quarter on a pair of Blake Howard runs, a Kolton Fluke pass to Derek Fluke, and a blocked punt that Garrett Keaton recovered and took the other way. From there, it was 14 more Titan points, sending the guests into the break up 41 points and making the clock run as soon as the second half kicked off.

“It was 27-0 before we could figure things out,” MWP coach Lee Metcalf said. “You just can’t do that in this league.”

Howard ran the ball 16 times for 121 yards, while Cody Strozyk added 62. Kolton Fluke completed both of his passes for 65 yards.

As a team, PWV outrushed MWP 265-89, and outgained the T-Wolves 330-98.

“They were just more physical than us in all three phases of the game,” Metcalf said. “We were just not ready to play football tonight. Our kids need to realize that in the Central you can’t take the night off and expect to be successful.”

Pe Ell-Willapa Valley (2-3, 1-1 league) will host Ilwaco next week, while Morton-White Pass (4-1, 2-1 league) will get a matchup at No. 1 Napavine.

Riverhawks Roll Past Loggers

TOLEDO — For the first time since 2018, and for every player currently on the Toledo football team’s roster, the Riverhawks were able to outmuscle Onalaska in a 38-12 victory Friday night at home, in both team’s league openers. 

The Riverhawks (3-1, 1-0 C2BL) outgained the Loggers (1-4, 0-1 C2BL) 363-129, and rushed for over 300 of those yards in the dominant victory. 

For the first time since that district crossover win against the Loggers in 2018, Toledo was the more physical team. 

“It was a big win,” Toledo coach Mike Christensen said. “Our guys responded physically, we’ve come so far since that first loss to Raymond-South Bend. I wasn’t happy with our execution that week, we challenged our guys and they responded. For us to respond, being physical right back, that was big for us.”

Christensen credited his seniors, led by Zane Ranney and Geoffrey Glass, that have helped turn the team around and get to the level they need to be four games into the season. The older guys led the charge after a tough Week 1 loss to RSB. 

Glass finished with 197 yards on 24 carries with two total touchdowns, and quarterback Austin Norris added 69 yards on the ground and 41 passing yards with three total TDs. 

“Our guys need to get stronger, that's what we’ve been talking about all year,” Christensen said. “You have to match physicality and our guys were physical up front.”

The Riverhawks held the Loggers to just 129 total yards, and held Ony off the scoreboard until the third quarter. Onalaska was led by Kayden Mozingo’s 81 yards rushing on the ground with a touchdown, and Blaze Underhill added a 20-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. 

Toledo heads to Wahkiakum next week for a tough road matchup, while the Loggers look for their first league win against Kalama on Thursday. 

Columbian Newspaper

Kameron Spencer’s six touchdown passes not enough for Battle Ground in 54-41 loss to Mount Tahoma
Author: CODY ESCOTT / For The Columbian

Kameron Spencer threw six touchdown passes, but it was not enough as the Tigers dropped a non-league game at Battle Ground on the night Battle Ground celebrated the 100th anniversary of its first football season.

Spencer threw two touchdown passes each to Noah Currie and Artem Bahnyuk, plus TD passes to Reid Davis and Saveily Tkachenko.

But Derek McKinney rushed for four touchdowns and threw three touchdown passes for Jah-Jah Abdullah for the visiting Rams from Tacoma.

Mount Tahoma built a 40-27 halftime lead and the Tigers (2-3) could not get any closer.


MT 20 20 14 0 —54

BG 14 13 7 7—41

First quarter

MT — Jah-Jah Abdullah 52 pass from Derrick McKinney (2-PAT failed)

BG — Noah Currie 26 pass from Kameron Spencer (Saveliy Tkachenko kick)

MT — Derrick McKinney 4 run (2-PAT failed)

MT — Josiah Maxey-Johnson 45 pass from McKinney (2-PAT  good)

BG — Currie 42 pass from Spencer (Tkachenko kick)

Second Quarter

MT — Abdullah 36 pass from McKinney  (2-PAT failed)

MT — McKinney 40  run (2-PAT failed)

BG — Saveliy Tkachenko 4 pass from Spencer (2-PAT failed)

MT — Abdullah 40 pass from McKinney (2-PAT good)

BG — Reid Davis 27 pass from Spencer (Tkachenko kick)

Third quarter

MT — Safety

MT — McKinney 33 run (2-PAT failed)

BG — Artem Bahnyuk 15 pass from Spencer  (Tkachenko kick)

MT — McKinney 86 run (2-PAT failed)

Fourth Quarter

BG — Bahnyuk 64 pass from Spencer  (Tkachenko kick)

Connor Noah’s rushing helps Kelso beat Prairie, 28-20
Author: The Columbian

Connor Noah rushed for 183 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown in the first half as Kelso held off Prairie 28-20 as both teams opened 3A Greater St. Helens League play Friday in Kelso.

Zeke Smith opened the scoring with a 53-yard pass from Tucker Amrine.

After Noah’s touchdown run, Judah Calixte broke off a 54-yard touchdown run to put Kelso ahead 21-0 early in the second quarter.

Prairie responded with a 36-yard touchdown catch by Nathan Phongphouvanh. Alex Juhl’s 9-yard touchdown catch pulled Prairie within 21-14 in the third quarter.

But Amrine once again found Smith, who finished with 133 receiving yards, for a 15-yard touchdown with 4:24 left in the game to put Kelso ahead 28-14.

The Hilanders rushed for 309 yards and outgained the Falcons 436-278.

Kelso 28, Prairie 20

Prairie 0 6 8 8—20

Kelso 14 7 0 7—28

First quarter

K — Zeke Smith 53 pass from Tucker Amrine (Tate Meade kick)

K — Connor Noah 51 run (Meade kick)

Second quarter

K — Judah Calixte 54 run (Meade kick)

P — Nathan Phongphouvanh 36 pass from Isaac Watson (kick blocked)

Third quarter

P — Alex Juhl 9 pass from Braeden Slamp (Aiden Miller pass from Slamp)

Fourth quarter

K — Zeke Smith 15 pass from Amrine (Meade kick)

P — Aiden Miller 15 pass from Slamp (kick blocked)

Individual statistics

RUSHING — Prairie: Colby Majewski 7-36, Braeden Slamp 4-24, Pierson Lameh 6-20, Isaac Watson 1-6, Aiden Miller 1-(minus-1). Kelso: Conner Noah 24-183, Judah Calixte 17-116, Lukas Naiser 4-21, Tucker Amrine 3-(minus-2).

PASSING — Prairie: Braeden Slamp 8-13-0-139, Isaac Watson 4-12-0-73; Kelso: Tucker Amrine 9-16-0-134.

RECEIVING — Prairie: Aiden Miller 3-72, Alex Juhl 3-39, Nathan Phongphouvanh 1-36, Even Davis 1-1. Kelso: Zeke Smith 5-133, Lukas Naiser 1-1, Brett Hoover 3-0.

Woodland holds off Hockinson, 29-27
Author: ANTHONY HEATON, for The Columbian

Keaton Northcut scored three touchdowns and the Woodland Beavers withstood a wild fourth quarter by keeping the Hockinson Hawks just out of reach for a 29-27 win Friday in the 2A Greater St. Helens League matchup.

Woodland (3-2, 2-1 2A GSHL) showed the diversity in its offense with the run game led by Northcut’s 85 yards and touchdown runs of 35 and 40 yards. He also had 73 yards receiving a 15-yard TD reception.

“We have a really solid line,” said Woodland quarterback Brett Martynowicz, who threw for 160 yards and two TDs. “If it wasn’t for them with great pass protection and run blocking, we wouldn’t be able to get the production we do in both the air and on the ground.

“It adds that dynamic that lets us switch our offensive approach and still move the ball well like how we showed we can do tonight.”

Three touchdown were scored in the final 4:42 of the game, as Hockinson used big plays to put the pressure on Woodland.

Hockinson got within 22-20 when Jarod Oldham connected with John Charles on a 50-yard touchdown play with 3:40 remaining.

Woodland was able to recover Hockinson’s onside kick and scored an insurance TD six plays later for a 29-20 advantage with 1:51 to play.

A couple of big pass plays got Hockinson down to the 1 where Oldham scored on a keeper, and the Hawks trailed 29-27 with 16 seconds on the clock.

Another onside kick by Hockinson was recovered by Woodland to seal the victory for the Beavers.

Oldham ended the game with 250 passing yards and contributed for all of Hockinson’s scores. Tristan Maldonado had six catches for 101 yards for the Hawks.

Woodland 29, Hockinson 27

Woodland 0 19 0 10—29

Hockinson 7 0 7 13—27

First quarter

H — Jarod Oldham 3 run (John Charles kick)

Second quarter

W — Brett Martynowicz 4 run (Diego Almodovar kick)

W — Keaton Northcut 35 run (kick failed)

W — Northcut 15 pass from Martnowicz (kick failed)

Third quarter

H — Kasen Niemitalo 4 pass from Oldham (Charles kick)

Fourth quarter

W — Almodovar 21 FG

H — Charles 50 pass from Oldham (2 pt. conversion failed)

W — Northcut 40 run (Almodovar kick)

H — Oldham 1 run (Charles kick)

Individual statistics

RUSHING — Woodland: Elijah Anderson 26-79, Keaton Northcut 10-85, Brett Martynowicz 3-8, Landon Utter 1-11, Justin Philpot 1-15. Hockinson: John Charles 4-30, Jarod Oldham 9-38.

PASSING — Woodland: Brett Martynowicz 14-27-0-160; Hockinson: Jarod Oldham 24-35-2-250, Andon Stenerson 1-1-0-50.

RECEIVING — Woodland: Keaton Northcut 6-73, Elijah Anderson 3-31, Justin Philpot 3-36, Drew Burns 1-15, Landon Utter 1-5. Hockinson: Drew Stockton 6-52, Tristan Maldonado 6-101, John Charles 4-65, Ryder Stenerson 1-7, Kasen Niemitalo 5-60, Zachary Chung 1-15, Shey Yarbough 1-0, Carter Cameron 3-26.

Ianello, Watts help Columbia River rumble past R.A. Long, 28-7
Author: PAUL WILLIAMS, for The Columbian

Nicholas Ianello and Adam Watts both rushed for over 100 yards and scored two touchdowns each as the Columbia River Rapids earned their first league win of the season with a 28-7 victory Friday over the visiting R.A. Long Lumberjacks.

The ground game was huge for the Rapids (2-3 overall, 1-2 in 2A Greater St. Helens League) as Columbia River racked up 311 yards rushing.

Ianello rushed for 105 yards — 94 in the second half — and two touchdowns and Watts added 100 yards and two touchdowns of his own.

R.A. Long (0-5, 0-3) took control early on, forcing a Rapids fumble and scored a touchdown on its ensuing possession. A 10-yard pass from Shaun Mize to Theodore Mauricio gave the Lumberjacks an early 7-0 lead.

In the early stages of the second quarter Columbia River answered with Watts scoring on a 3-yard run. Watts added a 5-yard touchdown run just before halftime and gave the Rapids the lead they would never surrender.

Columbia River’s defense also played a big role, holding the Lumberjacks to one yard of total offense in the second half and 51 total yards for the game.

The win broke a three-game losing streak for Columbia River, which plays host to Hockinson next week. R.A. Long travels to Woodland next week.


R.A. Long 7 0 0 0— 7

Col. River 0 14 7 7—28

First quarter

RAL — Theodore Mauricio 10 pass from Shaun Mize (Layne Oberloh kick)

Second quarter

CR — Adam Watts 3 run (Hayden Pena kick)

CR — Watts 5 run (Gage Newman kick)

Third quarter

CR — Nicholas Ianello 4 run (Newman kick)

Fourth quarter

CR — Nicholas Ianello 1 run (Newman kick)

Individual statistics

RUSHING — R.A. Long: Jaxon Pleas 7-21, TraMayne Jenkins 1-6, Aeybel Millian 1-(minus 15), Mize 5-(minus 19), Team 1-(minus 3). Columbia River: Nicholas Ianello 11-105, Watts 15-100, Elijah Anguiano 9-56, Julean Morales 4-22, Levi Hongel 2-20, Jacobi Fobbs 1-8, Ethan Long 1-4, Lukas Otoupal 1-(minus 2), Team 1-(minus 3).

PASSING — R.A. Long: Mize 8-17-1-59, Aizak Rothwell 1-2-0-2. Columbia River: Watts 6-11-0-79.

RECEIVING — R.A. Long: Jenkins 4-29, Rothwell 2-15, Mauricio 2-12, Millian 1-5. Columbia River: Thomas Blau 3-42, Satchel Baskette 1-19, Ha’aheo Delarose 2-18.

Washington State News

Orioles stand between Yankees' Aaron Judge and history
Two home games remain for Aaron Judge to deliver his 62nd home run and achieve the milestone that Yankee Stadium crowds are anticipating. His next chance comes Saturday afternoon when the New York Yankees host the Baltimore Orioles on the 61st anniversary of Roger Maris getting his 61st home run,although heavy rain is forecast for the New York area. Judge matched Maris' American League single-season record on Wednesday