Nicholas Ianello and Adam Watts both rushed for over 100 yards and scored two touchdowns each as the Columbia River Rapids earned their first league win of the season with a 28-7 victory Friday over the visiting R.A. Long Lumberjacks.
The ground game was huge for the Rapids (2-3 overall, 1-2 in 2A Greater St. Helens League) as Columbia River racked up 311 yards rushing.
Ianello rushed for 105 yards — 94 in the second half — and two touchdowns and Watts added 100 yards and two touchdowns of his own.
R.A. Long (0-5, 0-3) took control early on, forcing a Rapids fumble and scored a touchdown on its ensuing possession. A 10-yard pass from Shaun Mize to Theodore Mauricio gave the Lumberjacks an early 7-0 lead.
In the early stages of the second quarter Columbia River answered with Watts scoring on a 3-yard run. Watts added a 5-yard touchdown run just before halftime and gave the Rapids the lead they would never surrender.
Columbia River’s defense also played a big role, holding the Lumberjacks to one yard of total offense in the second half and 51 total yards for the game.
The win broke a three-game losing streak for Columbia River, which plays host to Hockinson next week. R.A. Long travels to Woodland next week.
COLUMBIA RIVER 28, R.A. LONG 7
R.A. Long 7 0 0 0— 7
Col. River 0 14 7 7—28
RAL — Theodore Mauricio 10 pass from Shaun Mize (Layne Oberloh kick)
CR — Adam Watts 3 run (Hayden Pena kick)
CR — Watts 5 run (Gage Newman kick)
CR — Nicholas Ianello 4 run (Newman kick)
CR — Nicholas Ianello 1 run (Newman kick)
RUSHING — R.A. Long: Jaxon Pleas 7-21, TraMayne Jenkins 1-6, Aeybel Millian 1-(minus 15), Mize 5-(minus 19), Team 1-(minus 3). Columbia River: Nicholas Ianello 11-105, Watts 15-100, Elijah Anguiano 9-56, Julean Morales 4-22, Levi Hongel 2-20, Jacobi Fobbs 1-8, Ethan Long 1-4, Lukas Otoupal 1-(minus 2), Team 1-(minus 3).
PASSING — R.A. Long: Mize 8-17-1-59, Aizak Rothwell 1-2-0-2. Columbia River: Watts 6-11-0-79.
RECEIVING — R.A. Long: Jenkins 4-29, Rothwell 2-15, Mauricio 2-12, Millian 1-5. Columbia River: Thomas Blau 3-42, Satchel Baskette 1-19, Ha’aheo Delarose 2-18.