By Jeremy McDonald
SCIO, Ore.– In a game that could have been decided by one or two mistakes lived up to that billing Friday night between Rainier and Scio.
Both teams, the Diesel overload offense by the Columbians and the Double Wing-T by the Loggers could milk the clock and leave you with next to no time left on the clock if it works out. And Rainier, which spread out the Scio defense in the first quarter, had turned to their powerful offensive line to take advantage of three first half turnovers by the Loggers to build a 28-6 lead in their 34-12 win Friday night.
“We just had a sense of calmness and that helped lead us to extra plays and that helped us,” said Quarterback Kenney Tripp. “We got a couple of Seniors on this line that really put a calmness in us and that’s all we need. They’re a really big help.”
Tripp, who’s older brother Joey helped the Columbians win the 3A State Championship last season, lowered his shoulder pads and had tailed 136 yards on 14 carries to go with 3-for-6 passing for 55 yards. Tripp accounted for three touchdowns to two by Stone Warde, Warde had 88 yards on 11 carries.
With two turnovers coming from fumble recoveries and another coming off a bad handling on a Easton Crape kickoff, the line of the Columbians gave their running game the chance to take care of business offensively on the board while clogging up the channels and running lanes for the Loggers.
“All the credit to my line, they did great. My line, my blocking backs, they really put on a show,” said Tripp. “They really put on a show against Scio and that’s a smashmouth football team.”
It was unorthodox of the Loggers, three turnovers in a half let lone in a game, but coming out of the halftime break things turned for the better that started with securing the football.
“We just started to man up and just started to following things. We weren’t manning up in the first half and were following the things we knew and worked hard (in the second half),” said Kade Mask. “We all needed to step up and we all needed to get better. We weren’t stepping up, but we didn’t think of them as too big, we just didn’t go out as we should have.”
The Mask duo of Kade and Jacob, along with Lance VanHoose, helped cut the lead to 28-12 to start the second half on the Scio opening drive. But as expected, neither team could do much against the other’s defense as Warde’s fourth quarter score with 11:16 remaining in the game was the only other score in the second half.
Last year, the 39-0 loss to Rainier and the following win against Santiam Christian helped spark the Loggers to their 8-3 finish to the season as they hoped to do the same this year entering Week 3.
But the trick will be now, at least in the short-term, will be doing so without Jacob Mask who left the game in the third quarter in an ambulance on a long Caleb Shockey kickoff return that set Scio up deep in Columbian territory.
“We’re just going to have our second man step up and play his butt off and work as hard as anyone else,” said Kade Mask, who had 92 yards on 22 carries and a touchdown. “We’re going to take this (loss) and make sure it doesn’t happen again. We all hated this feeling and we’re going to make sure it won’t happen again. We’re going to work our butts off.”
Jacob Mask had 38 yards on nine carries, VanHoose collected 31 yards and Shockey added another 38 yards on the ground for Scio.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald