Neah-Kah-Nie picked up an 18-0 victory over visiting Warrenton Friday that was extra sweet for the Pirates.
By Brad Mosher
It was the team’s first win of the season.
It was Chris Bennett’s first victory as the head coach at his alma mater.
It also avenged a loss that ended the Pirates’ varsity season a year ago in Warrenton when too many players were injured to fill a varsity roster for the next game.
In Friday’s game, it was close early until senior Max Halverson followed his blockers into the end zone for the first score of the game with 4:51 left in the first half.
The Pirates came back in the second half to add two more scores to claim a shutout win.
For Warrenton, the Warriors dropped their third straight game to a Northwest League foe, after losing already to Knappa and Vernonia.
It was the second 3A school on the Pirates’ schedule, with the 20th ranked 2A squad heading to Clatskanie for a third 3A foe Friday.
Elsewhere in NWL action, fourth-ranked Regis demolished Knappa with a 48-0 win over the Loggers, while Monroe boxed Nestucca’s Bobcats with a 55–20 loss and Vernonia edged Oakridge by a narrow 20-19 score.
Gaston (1-2) picked up a big 62-0 win over Chemewa Friday. It was the Greyhounds’ first win of the season.
“I’m really happy to get a win on homecoming night,” said with a big smile.
“It was an ugly win for us, but it was a good win.
“Our offensive linemen battled hard against much bigger linemen. For the most part, they were a lot bigger and a lot stronger up front. They gave us a lot of real fits inside,” the coach said.
Bennett had praise for one of his seniors. “Greg Elligsen had a great game running the ball for us.and Max (Halveson) work hard for us.
“We asked a lot out of these guys – to go both ways all night long and they did that,” the first-year coach said.
Still, in spite of the shutout, Bennett felt the squad has still a lot of work to do. “It was an ugy win, but we’ll take it.
“Our defense played very, very well for us. The defensive line up front are really playing some solid football and our defensive backs almost intercepted the ball several times.”
The team visits Clatskanie (1-2) Friday. The Tigers beat Corbett Friday, 40-22.