Clayton Paull put on quite a show Wednesday. And it wasn't just his hat trick that was impressive.
The Ferris High School senior masked a stiff cold in the first round of the state playoffs to lead the Saxons to a 4-2 win over Mt. Rainier High School at Spokane Falls Community College.
"Today was a little bit tough," said Paull through a series of sniffles. "I was in bed all day yesterday."
It is the second straight three-goal game for Paull, who put a trio of shots into the back of the net on Saturday in a regional win against Walla Walla. This time, Paull did it after spending the day in bed earlier in the week with the flu.
Ferris can thank Paull for gritting it out, as the senior controlled the attack from the top, in what blossomed into a high-scoring contest after halftime. Paull beat Mt. Rainier goalie Chaise Casias in the 39th minute on a one-on-one situation to commence the scoring, but the floodgates didn't open until after intermission.
Mt. Rainier's Garret Weaver put the ball in the top corner of the net off a corner in the 44th minute for the equalizer, but Ferris immediately answered. Less than a minute later, Mikias Repsold guided a cross -- behind his back -- into the net with his left foot.
Two more scores by Paull sandwiched around another Rams goal sealed the 4-2 win for Ferris.
"Can't be satisfied, though, we got to keep moving on," said Ferris head coach Robin Crain.
Ferris faces Union on the road in Vancouver on Saturday in the second round of state playoffs.