Neah-Kah-Nie (NKN) scored early and often against the Vernonia Loggers for a decisive 52-8 victorious season finale in Rockaway Beach, Oct. 28.
By Brad Mosher
Nestucca faltered last week, dropping a narrow 14-6 loss to Gaston. The win put the Greyhounds in the 2A playoffs as the Northwest League’s second-seeded team. Gaston will travel to play third-ranked Kennedy Friday, Nov. 4.
In Rockaway Beach finale, senior Max Halvorsen closed out his gridiron career at Neah-Kah-Nie by gaining 236 yards on 36 carries. Fellow senior Greg Elligsen also had 96 yards on nine carries as the Pirates’ offense rolled up 355 yeards of total offense on 53 plays.
The Pirates jumped out early, with Halvorsen scoring on the first drive and then blocked a Logger punt on the next series to set up its next score.
“We had nine sacks total on the night,” said coach Chris Bennett. “Tristan Bennett led the defense with four sacks and eight tackles. Tucker Champ and Jett Johnston each had two sacks. Our defensive backs played very well all night. Jack Porter had an excellent night playing safety for us. Destin Donaldson, Vince Igitol, and Greg Elligsen each had an interception.
“We were very solid on defense all night. Vernonia only ran the ball against us a few times. We had them in a hole all night and our pass defense was excellent. Our defensive line put great pressure on their quarterback all night long,” Bennett said. “It was a great way to end the year with a solid victory.”
The Visiting Loggers finished the season winless in Northwest League play. The top two league teams, Knappa and Gaston, moved on to the state playoffs.