RAINIER — The Elma Eagles blew out the Rainier Mountaineers, 52-13, Friday night in a football game they dominated from beginning to end.
Senior Todd Swinhart had five touchdowns and junior Steven Persell had two touchdowns.
Swinhart almost had one other touchdown in the third quarter, running a couple dozen yards and sprinting past Mountaineer players, but a flag on the play nullified it. Persell came back a couple minutes later and got his second touchdown of the game.
Toward the middle of the third quarter, Elma Coach Jim Hill started putting in junior varsity players and with minutes to spare in the fourth quarter, sophomore Tristan Robinette scored Elma’s last touchdown of the game.
The Mountaineers managed to score two touchdowns in the last minutes of the second quarter — one with just seconds on the clock on a controversial officiating decision that Coach Hill challenged rather loudly, because he believed the ball had been fumbled and the clock should not have been stopped to give the Mountaineers one last chance to successfully score.
With eight seconds left on the clock at the end of the half, Rainier tried to make a drive to the goal line, but the ball looked like it was fumbled. The clock was stopped at four seconds.
Hill was chastised by one of the referees for coming out on to the field, while yelling that the clock shouldn’t have been stopped. But the five referees talked it over and decided the right call was made. The Mountaineers then scored a touchdown. However, they missed on the extra-point attempt.
Hill later praised senior linebacker Ricky Escalante for blocking that extra point.
“We’re glad we won, but we still have tons of stupid stuff we need to clean up, just stupid stuff and we need to clean up on turnovers,” Hill said after the game.
Senior Ryan Collin had 260 yards passing. Swinhart caught four passes for 135 yards and ran for 32 yards on eight carries, with three short-yardage touchdowns.
Persell added 80 yards rushing on 12 carries and two TDs. Robinette got his touchdown on a 7-yard run.
Junior Justin Spencer led Elma in catches with seven for 57 yards. Swinhart went for 51 and 35 yards on his scoring catch-and-runs from Collin, who went 15-for-18 for 260 yards, two scores and one interception.
On the ground, Swinhart scored from 1, 2 and 1 yard out, while Persell sprinted for scoring runs of 39 and 14 in the first half.
The Eagles missed two extra points and tried for a two-point conversion in the first half, but failed.
The Eagles (2-0, 2-2) next play Rochester at home on Oct. 4. Rochester (2-0, 3-1) recently beat Hoquiam, 24-12.
The Daily World contributed to this story.