Pirates stumble in Portland, 24-6

Neah-Kah-Nie opened the season Friday in Portland with a 24-6 road loss to the resurgent Portland Christian/Columbia Christian Royals.

The Royals jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, then added a safety in the second quarter for a 16-0 half-time lead.

The 3A Royals scored eight more points in the third quarter, while allowing the Pirates to break into the end zone for six points.

The Pirates (0-1) will try for its first win of the season Friday when they host Corbett (0-1) in a 7 p.m. game. The Cardinals, are a 4A independent school with no league assignment lost to Colton 27-14 Friday.

Against the 3A Vikings, the Corbett/Corbett EnviroSTEM co-op team broke open a scoreless game in the third quarter with 14 points and held a narrow 14-12 lead over Colton going into the final period.

The visitors scored 15 unanswered points in the final eight minutes to pull out the victory over the Cardinals.

After Friday’s game against the Cardinals, the Pirates are scheduled to travel to play a struggling Warrenton/Jewell 3A team which lost its opener to Vernonia, 56-0.

The Vernonia Loggers were the only NWL team other than Nestucca to start the season with a non-league victory.

Knappa, the defending champions, lost to Regis by a narrow 7-6 margin, while Reedsport handed the Greyhounds a 47-6 beating in Gaston.

In the first football poll of the season by the Oregon School Activities Association, Nestucca is in a nine-school tie for first, while Vernonia is in a six-way tie for 10th in the poll. Neah-Kah-Nie is among sevent teams at 16 in the poll, while Waldport, Gaston and Knappa are in an eight-team bottleneck at the bottom of the poll

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