TOLEDO — The Indians dug their way out of a two-touchdown hole in the fourth quarter here Friday night to beat Rainier, 15-14, in nonleague 2B football action.
Duke Schaplow ran a kickoff all the way back in the final minute to tie the game at 14-14, and Hunter Smith’s PAT kick gave the Indians their first — and final — lead.
“It was a hard-fought game from both sides,” Toledo coach Mike Christensen said. “We felt like we’d been moving the ball okay on them all night, and we just kept shooting ourselves in the foot.”
Toledo finally put together a scoring drive with four minutes left to play, capping it with a 1-yard run from Schaplow. Their next drive, however, ended with an interception.
The defense stepped up, though, and scored a safety with just under a minute to play. Schaplow ran back the ensuing kickoff to wrap the comeback.
“That kickoff was pretty impressive,” Christensen said.
Davin Kinsman led Toledo with 93 rushing yards on 20 carries, while Brody Klein ran 20 times for 47 yards and a touchdown for Rainier.
“We had about 13 guys play, and they played their butts off,” Christensen said. “They really persevered through some tough, tough situations that we were in.”
Larry Demery, Josh Quinn and Michael Echtle played well on the line, Christensen added, and Jesse Towns executed a halfback pass for a 22-yard gain.
Schaplow ran 11 times for 72 yards.
Toledo (2-0) plays at Napavine on Friday. Rainier (1-1) hosts Concrete on Sept. 21.