Neah Bay’s football eight set out from the start of the world last week and returned at the top of it.
The Red Devils, undefeated and dominant all season, claimed the state 1B football championship Friday with a 36-18 win over a storied Touchet program in the Tacoma Dome.
"We’ve been waiting all year for this," quarterback Josiah Greene told the Seattle Times.
The title is the Devils’ second in three years.
In 2012, the Devils fell to Liberty Christian on a last-second touchdown in the title tilt. In 2011, Neah Bay blew past Almira/Coullee-Hartline to claim the title.
And that experience was on display Friday as the Red Devil seniors powered the championship charge.
Josiah Greene, whose stellar play all season led the Devils’ attack, came up big for the title tilt.
Down 12-0, Greene returned a kickoff 32 yards to set up Neah Bay’s first scoring drive near midfield, a drive Greene capped with a 15-yard touchdown scamper.
Touchet had jumped to a quick lead on touchdown passes from quarterback Elias Martinez.
It was the same pattern the Devils had followed throughout the playoffs, falling behind early, getting angry and blowing past the competition.
They fell down 14-0 to both Cusick and Lummi in the state football tournament’s earlier rounds.
With the Devils up 14-12 just before halftime, Greene added a defensive contribution by swatting away a Touchet pass to keep the score 14-12 Neah going into the second half.
Greene finished the game running for 149 of the Devils’ 409 total rushing yards.
Cody Cummins, who powered through injuries throughout the year, starred especially in the team’s biggest game, running for 183 yards on 24 carries with a pair of touchdown runs.