Clayton Frank's 24-yard touchdown pass to Daunte Coleman in the second overtime gave the Chieftains the lead, and David Snuffin's fourth-down sack ended the game, giving Columbia River a thrilling 27-20 win at Kelso on Friday in Kelso.
The Chieftains, who led 20-6 after the first quarter, had to survive a point-after attempt with 32 seconds left in the game. And then they had to hold off the Hilanders who had a first down from the 1-yard line in the first overtime.
Kelso's Tyler Jackson scored on a 3-yard run to tie the game toward the end of regulation, capping an 82-yard drive. But the extra point was off to the right.
The Chieftains, with that extra bit of life, took advantage. The defense stuffed the Hilanders in both overtime periods.
Kelso had a first-and-goal from the 1-yard line in the first overtime. The Chieftains, though, had consecutive stuffs at the line of scrimmage. Kelso had a false start penalty to lose five yards, then lost another yard on third down. River forced a fumble on fourth down to get out of the jam.
The Chieftains would miss a field goal in their first overtime possession.
Facing fourth down on their second possession, Frank found Coleman on the 24-yard scoring strike.
The Chieftains were up to the challenge of defense again, setting up a fourth-down play. Snuffin got to the quarterback to end the contest.
Remick Kawawaki had two first-quarter touchdowns and finished with 150 yards on 12 carries for the Chieftains.
Frank connected with Clark Bryant for the first TD of the game, a 40-yard pass.
The Longview Daily News contributed to this report.
COLUMBIA RIVER 27, KELSO 20 (2OT)
Columbia River 20 0 0 0 0 7--27
Kelso 6 8 0 6 0 0--20
CR -- Clayton Frank 40 pass to Clark Bryant (Zach Perron kick)
K -- Tyler Jackson 15 run (kick failed)
CR -- Remick Kawawaki 45 run (Perron kick)
CR -- Kawawaki 67 run (kick blocked)
K -- Somit Chhim 75 pass from Aaron Adams (Adams run)
K -- Jackson 3 run (kick failed)
CR -- Dante Coleman 24 pass from Frank (Perron kick)
RUSHING -- Columbia River -- Kawawaki 12-150, Frank 17-42, Jayson Branson 10-58.
PASSING -- Columbia River -- Frank 19-24-1-211.
RECEIVING -- Columbia River -- Bryant 4-71, Terelle Bolton 4-69, Coleman 2-26, Nathan Hawthorne 1-13.