Vikings set for semi-final contest against Rainier

The Vale Vikings will face No. 1-ranked Rainier in a Class 3A semi-final football game Saturday at 4 p.m. (Pacific Time) at Hermiston High School. (The Enterprise/Les Zaitz).

VALE – The coaches of Vale and Rainier football teams share a worry: their opponents’ quarterback.

Coach Jeff Aldred will lead the 7-4 Vikings onto the field Saturday at Hermiston High School against Mike King’s No. 1-ranked and unbeaten Rainier Columbians (11-0) in a Class 3A semi-final match up.

Aldred said the Columbians are “really, really good.” Aldred said Rainier’s biggest threat is versatile senior quarterback Joey Tripp.

Tripp helped navigate the Columbians to their perfect regular season. Last week against Clatskkanie, Tripp carried the ball 40 times for 258 yards and three touchdowns. Earlier in the season against then . . .