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Vale stages upset victory over No. 2-ranked Rainier

The Vale defense proved to be the key element in a 14-6 victory over Rainier Saturday. (ANGIE ALDRED/Special to the Enterprise)

KELSO, Wash. – There is the old football adage that defense wins championships and Saturday Vale used its defense to stage a 14-6 upset victory of No. 2-ranked Rainier in a 3A state football quarterfinal game.

The win puts Vale in a semi-final contest – for the first time since 2018 – against No. 3-ranked South Umpqua (10-1) at Caldera High School in Bend at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Against Rainier, the Vikings used two first-half touchdowns to build a 14-6 lead and then unleashed a swarming defense to seal the game in the second half.

“It was a huge win. We felt like we had a really . . .