Newport’s run game is something else when it gets going. It shouldn’t surprise you when the Knights attack with the ground game, but it sure can be hard to stop. That’s what Mount Si learned on Friday when it got blown out of the water (kind of literally, with all the rain) in a 54-27 Newport win.
You can read about the game here.
The win for Newport, coupled with a Woodinville loss to Issaquah, sealed a playoff spot for the Knights and eliminated the Wildcats. The difference after a 13-13 halftime tie? That would be the run game.
The Knights ran the ball 52 times for 530 yards, absolutely having their way up front.
“Our rushing attack, that’s kind of what we’re built on,” Newport coach Drew Oliver said. “There’s no big secret or surprise. Our guys did great, our guys did great. We challenged them. We were at battle. It was Senior Night, it was kind of a different pregame for us. We were starting pretty slow, we were tied at halftime. We talked to them about the challenge, and they answered, as you can see.”
Four different players rushed for more than 100 yards, but it was Paul Wells who stole the spotlight. Wells had four touchdowns in a span of five touches starting late in the second quarter and going into the third. Wells finished with 208 yards on 12 carries.
“Paul Wells is an intense competitor,” Oliver said. “He’s a great athlete and it shows. He’s fierce and no matter where you put him, he’s going to do great for us. I’m spoiled to say, but that’s kind of typical for Paul Wells. That’s what we get out of him.”