Rainier overpowers Vale in semifinal football contest

Vale's Tanner Hamilton looks to avoid Rainier tackler Hunter Boulch Saturday during a semifinal football game. (For the Enterprise/Kathy Aney).

HERMISTON – Undefeated Rainier showed why it is the No.1-ranked class 3A football team in the state Saturday as the Columbians used their power running game to overrun Vale 40-13.

“Their offense is extremely hard to defend. Ultimately what ends up happening is they wear you down,” said Viking Coach Jeff Aldred.

The Columbians didn’t do anything fancy. Rainier just ran the ball behind a big, powerful offensive line to control the game.

“They run at you until they get a big break. It is kind of crazy how effective they were at it,” said Viking receiver Tanner Hamilton. Hamilton finished the game with four receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown . . .