Neah Bay’s Jodell Wimberley runs against Winlock in a fierce rainstorm in Forks on Friday night. Wimberley scored seven touchdowns as Neah Bay won 86-6. (Lonnie Archibald/for Peninsula Daily News)

Neah Bay’s Jodell Wimberley runs against Winlock in a fierce rainstorm in Forks on Friday night. Wimberley scored seven touchdowns as Neah Bay won 86-6. (Lonnie Archibald/for Peninsula Daily News)

STATE 1B FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: Neah Bay romps over Winlock 86-6

Red Devils back in state quarterfinals

FORKS — After a slow start to its season, the Neah Bay football team is serving notice that it is a force to be reckoned and is eyeing a return trip to the 1B state title game after an 86-6 pasting of Winlock in its 1B state playoff opener.

It was the second straight dominant postseason win for the Red Devils, who beat Sound Christian 78-14 in their district playoff game.

Playing in a fierce and windy rainstorm in Forks, Neah Bay got seven touchdowns from Jodell Wimberley and four touchdowns from Tyler Swan. Swan also had eight 2-point conversions while Wimberley had one as the Red Devils’ one-two punch on the ground accounted for all of Neah Bay’s scoring. Wimberley finished with 44 points while Swan had 42.

Wimberley had touchdown runs of 44, 38, 35, 22, 21, 4 and 1 yard, while Swan had scoring runs of 48, 29, 11 and 3 yards.

“They’re becoming quite a one-two punch,” said coach TJ Greene. “The success of one will be the success of the other.”

Wimberley finished with 13 carries for 289 yards while Swan had five carries for 107.

After an 0-2 start to the season, the Red Devils (8-2) got rolling with eight straight wins by a combined score of 544-116. Neah Bay has averaged exactly 68 points a game in those eight wins.

Believe it or not, Winlock actually scored first, taking a brief 6-0 lead.

“We got off to a slow start in that first series, but after that we were pretty locked in,” Greene said.

Greene said the weather wasn’t a factor at all for the Red Devils. “The rain was blowing sideways. They didn’t let any of that bother them,” he said.

Greene also said Seactis Woodruff had a great game on defense. He had four solo tackles, two assisted tackles, two tackles for loss and a quarterback sack. Azriel Swan Jimmicum had three solo tackles and two assisted.

The Red Devils, seeded probably too low at No. 5 because of those early-season losses, will next face No. 4 Liberty Christian next Saturday. Time and location of the game have not been set.

Neah Bay beat Liberty Christian 82-24 in the state semifinals last year, but Greene said Liberty Christian has a much different offense this year. Last year, the Patriots relied on their passing game. This year, they have a running back with 2,000 yards rushing.

If Neah Bay is able to beat Liberty Christian again, the Red Devils would likely face Liberty Bell next in this year’s semifinals. Liberty Bell beat the Red Devils in last year’s championship game and in their first game of the year this season.

More in Sports

Kylin Weitz, Lincoln Park BMX.
ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Kylin Weitz, Lincoln Park BMX

Franklin Elementary School student and Lincoln Park BMX rider Kylin Weitz placed… Continue reading

Jake Hughes was named the NWAC men’s soccer coach of the year. Hughes’ 2023 squad won the NWAC championship. (Peninsula College)
COLLEGE SOCCER: Peninsula’s Hughes named NWAC coach of the year

For the second time, Peninsula College men’s soccer coach… Continue reading

Crystal Stout and Greg Bondy pose on a snowmobile that was purchased through funds raised at Winterfest 2022. (Greg Birch)
AREA SPORTS BRIEFS: Winterfest raises more than $70,000

The Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Education Foundation held its… Continue reading

Peninsula College.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL: (Updated) Peninsula men come from way down to beat Clark

The Peninsula College men’s basketball team capped off a… Continue reading

Washington State quarterback Cameron Ward blocks Washington linebacker Carson Bruener as he runs with the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson)
APPLE CUP: Fourth-down gamble in fourth quarter pays off for Huskies

Washington beats Washington State 24-21 as time expires

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk, left, defended by Seattle Seahawks cornerback Devon Witherspoon (21) catches a 28-yard pass for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2023, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson)
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: Seattle doomed by terrible first half against first-place 49ers

Team rallies in second half but Niners slam the door late in 31-13 loss

Steelhead fishing on the outer coastal rivers in Olympic National Park is closed beginning Monday. (Chase Gunnel/WDFW)
OUTDOORS: Olympic National Park closing coastal steelhead rivers

To protect declining populations of wild steelhead, Olympic National… Continue reading

Washington running back Dillon Johnson is brought down by Oregon State linebacker Cory Stover (82) during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023, in Corvallis, Ore. (AP Photo/Mark Ylen)
APPLE CUP: This year is a game full of subplots for UW, WSU

Looking back at the on-field celebration of a blowout victory… Continue reading

Seattle Seahawks running back Zach Charbonnet (26) runs the ball during the second half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday in Inglewood, Calif. (Ashley Landis/The Associated Press)
THANKSGIVING NIGHT FOOTBALL: Bitter rivals Seahawks, 49ers to brawl on turkey day

The San Francisco 49ers’ unexpected three-game losing streak that opened… Continue reading