Host Rainier overpowered South Bend 58-20 Friday night in the season opener for both grid teams. The Mountaineers out-rushed South Bend 401 to 137. Rainier passed for 96 yards compared to 45 for SBHS.
"We received the opening kickoff and went three and out," SBHS Head Football Coach Tom Sanchez. "They blocked our punt and scooped it up for a 30-yard touchdown and went up 8-0.
"We took the ensuing kickoff and went on an 11-play drive and tied the score on a 2-yard pass from Ben Byington to Jordan Dockter (PAT was a pass to A.J. Sanchez)," Coach Sanchez said. "It was good to see us respond like that.
"Rainier is a very good team that overwhelmed us at times," Coach Sanchez said. "We did not stop their running game and they were able to control the line of scrimmage."
A.J. Sanchez scored two touchdowns for the Indians and Jordan Dockter had a TD. Sanchez returned a kickoff 76 yards for one score in the second quarter and the talented athlete caught a 2-yard TD pass in the third quarter.
Ryan Overstake recovered two fumbles and made eight tackles. Byington racked up a dozen tackles with 3 solos and AJ Sanchez had 11 total tackles. Ben Byington gained 77 yards on 17 carries.
South Bend turned the ball over four times - all fumbles.
"The statistics show four fumbles, but two of them were mishandled onside kicks and the other was the blocked punt," Coach Sanchez said. "Our kids hung in there and showed flashes, especially on offense."
Rainier outscored South Bend 23-8 in the first quarter, 28-6 in the second stanza and 7-6 in the third quarter.
Friday, the Tribe hosts North Beach, a 38-7 winner over Ilwaco.