Week 1 football preview: Battle Ground vs. Columbia River
When, where: 7 p.m. Friday at Chieftain Stadium, Columbia River HS. (Non-league game).
Last meeting: Columbia River won 27-3 at Battle Ground in Week 1 of 2010.
Battle Ground: The Tigers hope a solid commitment to offseason conditioning results in improved results on the field. … Battle Ground went 1-8 last season, with the lone win being an overtime win over Woodland, a winless Class 2A team. … The rest of the season, the Tigers didn’t finish within 18 points of another foe. … Tigers hope to make big step under second-year coach Larry Peck.
Columbia River: The Chieftains return starters at several key positions, including QB Clayton Morris and RB Remick Kawawaki. … Kawawacki, a junior, rushed for more than 900 yards in seven games last season. … River finished 5-4 and 3-3 in the 3A GSHL last season. … In River’s spread option offense, Morris is a threat to pass or run.
Columbian’s pick: Columbia River.
Fans’ pick: Columbia River
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