Fay Runs Wild in Foggy Fourth as Pirates Top Kalama
TOP TWO: Chance Fay Scores Three TDs in Fourth Quarter as Adna Beats Chinooks 27-17
By Aaron VanTuyl
For The Chronicle
ADNA — A little fog, a little Fay and a wild fourth quarter kept the Pirates undefeated.
The fog settled in just after halftime here Friday night, at which point defending state champion Kalama held a 15-6 edge in a non-divisional matchup between the two top-ranked teams in the 2B ranks.
“Hey, the ghosts of Pirates past. They came back to see us,” Adna coach K.C. Johnson said afterwards. “The film’s probably nonexistent, but we’ll take fog if that’s what it takes.”
The film, useful or not, should show flashes of Chance Fay’s No. 21 jersey all over the field in the final 10 minutes. The running back ran in three touchdowns in the last 10 minutes and intercepted a pass with with 1 minute, 19 seconds to go to put the finishing touches on the Pirates’ 27-17 win.
The first score came with just under 10 minutes left in the fourth, capping a nine-play drive made up exclusively of power runs that cut Kalama’s lead to 17-12.
“We got into our power offense and kind of just started trying to run it,” Fay said. “It started to work, so we just stuck with it.”
The defense followed suit, making the most of the Chinooks missing the services of quarterback Alex Dyer in the second half. Dyer, last year’s 2B Player of the Year, hit 12 of 20 passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns before the break but missed the last two quarters after taking a hard hit in the first half.
The Pirates blocked Kalama’s punt after a quick three-and-out, and five plays later Fay was back in the end zone. He snagged a late option pitch from quarterback Braden Thomas on the conversion, giving Adna a 20-17 lead with 4:38 to go.
The defense didn’t let up, forcing a fumble two plays into the Chinooks’ next drive that was recovered by big lineman Jason Chilcoate to swap possession with just under 4 minutes to play.
And three plays later, Fay disappeared into the fog for a 49-yard touchdown.
“It was a great play call,” Fay said. “The linemen did a hell of a job blocking, and I couldn’t ask for anything else.”
It was the longest play of the game and put Adna up 27-17 with 3:04 to go, after an evening of spent mostly setting for short gains.
“That’s a very physical football team,” Johnson said of Kalama. “They really took away our perimeter, and we finally found ways that we could run inside — like that last run for Chance.”
Fay, a senior who missed his entire sophomore season with a foot injury and was slowly worked back into the lineup last season, wasn’t finished. On the defensive end he picked off Kalama pass with 1:19 left to go, sending the Pirate offense back onto the field for a few victory formations to close out the win.
“He really played well the second half of the season last year, and he needs to get the ball, obviously,” Johnson said, pointing out the Pirates’ handful of capable ball carriers — which include Fay’s younger brother Cole, who ran 18 times for 65 yards. “But he needs to get involved. The kid’s a hell of a football player.”
Adna took a 6-0 lead in the first quarter on a 2-yard touchdown run from Thomas, set up by a 41-yard punt return from Brady Collins.
Dyer, though, went 6 for 6 for 63 yards in the Chinooks’ next drive, and hit Max Ross with a 7-yard touchdown pass to cap it off. He found Grant Vandenberg for a 3-yard touchdown in the second quarter and Kalama took a 15-6 lead into the intermission.
“Obviously it changed the game,” Johnson said, of Dyer missing the second half. “You take a kid that’s that good — the state player of the year — off the field, and that makes a difference.”
Vandenberg then blocked an Adna punt in the end zone for a safety that put the Chinooks up 17-6 midway through the third quarter.
Beyond that point, though, Kalama only managed one two first downs — and both came on plays that came directly before turnovers.
“I was really proud of the kids’ effort, just for the fact that we sucked it up,” Johnson said. “But it’s a big win for us — a big win, mentally. And we’ll see them again.”
The Pirates came into the game with a 2-0 record and the top ranking in the Week 2 Associated Press state poll, with Kalama at 1-1 and the No. 2 ranking after a Week 1 loss to 2A Woodland and a 20-13 win over Napavine.
Fay, though, only chuckled about whether or not his team was deserving of the No. 1 spot.
“Well, we’ll figure that out down the road,” he said. “We’ve got a few more games.”
Adna (3-0) plays at Toledo on Friday. Kalama (1-2) hosts 1A La Center on Friday.
PIRATES 27, CHINOOKS 17
Kalama 8 7 2 0 —17
Adna 6 0 0 21 —27
ADN — Braden Thomas 2-yard run; kick failed
KAL — Alex Dyer 7-yard pass to Max Ross; Dyer pass to Grant Vandenberg
KAL — Dyer 3-yard pass to Vandenberg; Nathan Anderson kick
KAL — Safety
ADN — Chance Fay 4-yard run; run failed
ADN — Fay 1-yard run; Fay run
ADN — Fay 49-yard run; Mitchell Maynard kick
Team Stats KAL ADN
First Downs 14 7
Rushing Yards 129 174
Passing Yards 163 26
Total Yards 292 200
Comp-Att-Int 16-30-1 4-7-1
Fumbles/Lost 4/2 2/1
Penalties/Yards 5/50 6/63
Rushing: KAL — Elijah Haynes 18/77, Dyer 7/32; ADN — Chance Fay 7/65, Cole Fay 18/65, Thomas 11/27
Passing: KAL — Dyer 12-20/128; ADN — Thomas 4-7/26
Receiving: KAL — Brennon Vance 7/63; ADN — Chance Fay 1/22