Neah Bay’s first play – an 80-yard touchdown run by junior quarterback Josiah Greene – was just a glimpse.
The Red Devils sure enjoy playing in the Tacoma Dome.
For a second time, Neah Bay defeated 1B Northwest rival Lummi – this time 40-30 on Saturday to advance to the state championship game for a second consecutive season.
Second-ranked Neah Bay (13-0) will meet No. 1 Liberty Christian (13-0) next Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Tacoma Dome.
Returning to the title game is a satisfying achievement, but not the ultimate goal for the defending champions. The Red Devils want to win it again.
“After winning a state title, you know, you might think no one is going to beat us,” Neah Bay coach Tony McCaulley said. “These guys worked hard in the off-season to win it again. We would have been beaten today if they didn’t work in the off-season like they did.”
Greene, the reigning 1B state player of the year, had a huge game – 305 rushing yards and three touchdownx, including the long scoring run to open Neah Bay’s first series.
“I just trust my (offensive) line,” Greene said. “I just trust that they will seal their blocks, so I just stick with them and try to set up the best run behind them.
“That run I just tried to stay behind them and not get ahead as I ran down the line.”
Neah Bay built a 24-6 lead before the Blackhawks had their chance at the end of the first half to cut into the lead, driving to the Red Devils’ 5.
But the Neah Bay defense pressured quarterback Logan Toby into a bad throw in the flat. It was picked off by Joey Monje to stop the series.
Greene galloped 22 yards for another touchdown early in the second half to extend Neah Bay’s lead to 32-6 – all before the Blackhawks staged a late fourth-quarter rally.