The Hawks season ends with setback at Rainier

RAINIER — The Horizon Christian High School football team got off to a fast start in its Class 3A state-playoff first-round game at Rainier.

But, after that, the Hawks got stuck in the mud — literally.

Horizon Christian, after jumping out to a 6-0 lead, fell 42-6 to the Columbians in a state playoff contest played under wet, muddy conditions Friday at Rainier High School.

With the win, Rainer, the Lewis & Clark League champion, improved to 7-3 on the season and advanced to play at Cascade Christian Saturday in a state playoff quarterfinal contest.

Horizon Christian, the No. 2 team out of the West Valley League, finished its season with a final overall record of 5-5.

The Hawks, in Friday's game, took a 6-0 lead when sophomore Sandis Chhay returned a Rainer fumble 85 yards for a touchdown.

But Rainier, behind the running and passing of senior Nick Hanks, took over from there, scoring 42 unanswered points.

For the game, Chhay, who plays at quarterback for the Hawks, completed 15 of 30 pass attempts for 158 yards.

Horizon junior receiver Colton Cosner had five catches for 69 yards and senior receiver Parker Belan had three receptions for 63 yards. Junior Michael Weber was the Hawks' top rusher with 30 yards on nine carries.

For the Horizon Christian defense, Chhay had 14 total tackles to go with his fumble recovery and Cosner intercepted a Rainier pass.

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