Week 6 high school football previews, predictions
Each week, the results just keep getting better and better.
We had our first perfect week of 2013 — which insinuates that there will be more — after going 12-0 in picking winners.
That brings the season mark to 56-11 (.836).
Perfect week? Check. Perfect score? Still waiting.
CLASS 4A GREATER ST. HELENS LEAGUE GAMES
CAMAS (5-0, 1-0) vs. EVERGREEN (3-2, 0-1)
When, where: 5 p.m., McKenzie Stadium.
Internet broadcast: www.portlandsportsbeat.com
Last week: Camas beat Skyview 47-12; Evergreen lost to Battle Ground 48-15
Last meeting: Camas won 77-28 on Oct. 5, 2012
Players to watch: Camas — The Papermakers have so many players with the ability to move the ball, perhaps it would be a good opportunity to keep an eye on one of the guys up front. OL Drew Clarkson gave a verbal commitment to Oregon State this week. Evergreen — Justin Straup (running inside) and Rey Green (running outside) are the offensive stat leaders, but running on the Papermakers will be difficult. QB Brandon Bea will need a big game to keep Evergreen close.
Game notes: Evergreen’s first-year coach Don Johnson Jr. envisioned in the preseason this matchup between his upstart, surprising Plainsmen and the top-ranked Papermakers. Well, Camas kept up its end of the bargain, but Evergreen suffered a big setback last week at Battle Ground.
The pick: Camas 48-7
UNION (4-1, 1-0) vs. BATTLE GROUND (3-2, 1-0)
When, where: 7 p.m., District Stadium, Battle Ground
Last week: Union beat Heritage 41-0; Battle Ground beat Evergreen 48-15
Last meeting: Union won 28-7 on Oct. 5, 2012
Players to watch: Union — How can you not watch RB Leon Siofele? He keeps putting up big numbers and leads the region with 1,070 rushing yards, almost 400 yards better than the next best rusher. Battle Ground — The Tigers have been more balanced team over their three-game winning streak. But they haven’t faced a defense like Union’s, so it may fall on QB Colston Vukanovich to keep Battle Ground in the game.
Game notes: Union has played two Clark County teams — Mountain View and Heritage — and didn’t allow either to score. It will be a bigger test against a Battle Ground averaging almost 46 points a game over its three-game winning streak and 38.6 points a game for the season.
The pick: Union 35-21
SKYVIEW (2-3, 0-1) vs. HERITAGE (2-3, 0-1)
When, where: 8 p.m., McKenzie Stadium
Internet broadcast: www.portlandsportsbeat.com.
Last week: Skyview lost to Camas 47-12; Heritage lost to Union 41-0
Last meeting: Skyview won 46-7 on Oct. 5, 2012
Players to watch: Skyview — After Leon Siofele rushed for a big game on Heritage, it figures Nate Arriola will be a key player for the Storm. Arriola has rushed for 353 yards this season. Heritage — It’s very simple for Heritage: If E’Lon Mack gets the ball, the Timberwolves enjoy success. If not, well …
Game notes: The league openers didn’t go very well for either team last week. Getting their seasons back on track is the goal this week for the Storm and Timberwolves.
The pick: Skyview 28-13
CLASS 3A GREATER ST. HELENS LEAGUE GAMES
MOUNTAIN VIEW (3-2, 1-0) vs. FORT VANCOUVER (0-5, 0-1)
When, where: 5 p.m., Kiggins Bowl
Last week: Mountain View beat Prairie 35-7; Fort Vancouver lost to Columbia River 42-12
Last meeting: Mountain View won 49-0 on Oct. 5, 2012
Players to watch: Mountain View — RBs Austin Mace (521 yards) and Preston Jones (482) should add to their solid rushing numbers. Fort Vancouver — Babacar Secka (34 rushing yards, 2 catches for 16 yards) was the Trappers’ offensive leader last week.
Game notes: Mountain View’s strong running game should have little problem moving the ball on Fort.
The pick: Mountain View 48-6
KELSO (1-4, 1-0) vs. COLUMBIA RIVER (4-1, 1-0)
When, where: 7 p.m., Chieftain Stadium, Columbia River HS
Internet broadcast: klog.com
Last week: Kelso beat Hudson’s Bay 41-20; Columbia River beat Fort Vancouver 42-12.
Last meeting: Columbia River won 27-20 on Oct. 5, 2012
Players to watch: Kelso — Somit Chhim has 13 catches for 197 yards and is weapon on special teams; Columbia River — The Chieftains’ offense runs through Jonathan Branson passing and running the ball. Kelso will want River to use other options.
Game notes: The Kelso-River game has been a good rivalry through the years, often going a long way to determining the league champion. River goes into this game as the clear favorite, but the improving Hilanders are looking to trip the Chieftains up.
The pick: Columbia River 27-19
PRAIRIE (2-3, 0-1) vs. HUDSON’S BAY (1-4, 0-1)
When, where: 8 p.m., Kiggins Bowl.
Last week: Prairie lost to Mountain View 35-7; Hudson’s Bay lost to Kelso 41-20
Last meeting: Prairie won 54-6 on Oct. 5, 2012
Players to watch: Prairie — The Falcons tried Denzel Hamiel at QB last week to throw off Mountain View. It didn’t work. But look for Hamiel to return to his punishing runs at RB. Hudson’s Bay — Even after missing a week to a concussion, WR Ayrrius Presley leads the area in receiving yards with 449 on 18 catches and seven TDs.
Game notes: After a 2-0 start, things have gone bad for Prairie, especially in the last two weeks when they’ve been outscored 57-7. The Falcons need to get things fixed before they face River next week. For Bay, it’s very simple: don’t turn the ball over.
The pick: Prairie 23-13
CLASS 2A GREATER ST. HELENS LEAGUE GAMES
HOCKINSON (4-1, 1-0) vs. MARK MORRIS (4-1, 1-0)
When, where: 7 p.m., Longview Memorial Stadium
Last week: Hockinson beat Ridgefield 35-14; Mark Morris beat Aberdeen 21-14
Last meeting: Mark Morris won 41-9 on Oct. 5, 2012
Players to watch: Hockinson — QB Jess Krahn (889 yards passing) likes to get everyone involved wit the Hawks’ passing attack. Mark Morris — QB Max Tilton has been very efficient for the Monarchs (40 for 61, 669 yards).
Game notes: The Hawks solved their early-game struggles by bolting to a 28-0 lead in the second quarter last week against Ridgefield. Another good start will be a big boost against a tough Mark Morris defense.
The pick: Mark Morris 21-14
RIDGEFIELD (0-5, 0-1) vs. WASHOUGAL (3-2, 0-1)
When, where: 7 p.m. at Fishback Stadium, Washougal HS
Last week: Ridgefield lost to Hockinson 35-14; Washougal lost to R.A. Long 56-14
Last meeting: Ridgefield won 56-3 on Oct. 12, 2012
Players to watch: Ridgefield — Josh Mason had a nice game last week, with 4 catches for 70 yards and an 85-yard interception return for a TD; Washougal — RB Bobby Jacobs is second in the county in rushing with 686 yards.
Game notes: Washougal is 3-0 this season at home; 0-2 on the road. The Panthers are happy to be back at Fishback.
The pick: Washougal 34-6.
1A TRICO LEAGUE GAMES
WHITE SALMON (3-2, 2-2) vs. SETON CATHOLIC (1-4, 1-4)
When, where: 7 p.m., Doc Harris Stadium, Camas
Last week: White Salmon lost to La Center 48-16; Seton Catholic lost to Toledo 33-22
Last meeting: White Salmon won 50-10 on Oct. 5, 2012
Players to watch: Seton Catholic — WR Justin James had six catches for 119 yards against Toledo last week, giving 386 reception yards for the season.
Game notes: Seton jumped out to a 14-0 lead last week against Toledo before things went sour. White Salmon edged Toledo 14-13 in Week 2.
The pick: White Salmon 30-20.
TOLEDO (3-2, 3-1) at WOODLAND (5-0, 4-0)
When, where: 7 p.m. at Woodland HS
Last week: Toledo beat Seton Catholic 33-22; Woodland beat Ilwaco 48-0
Last meeting: Woodland 35-12 on Oct. 5, 2012
Players to watch: Toledo — Taylor Hicks leads Toledo with 490 yards rushing yard. Woodland — Eli Whitmire averaged 17 yards a carry, but only six carries a game.
Game notes: The closest anyone has gotten to the Beavers this year is 40 points. The only question here is if Toledo will get any closer.
The pick: Woodland 48-6.
ILWACO (0-5, 0-5) vs. STEVENSON (1-4, 1-4)
When, where: 7 p.m. at Stevenson HS
Last week: Ilwaco lost to Woodland 48-0; Stevenson lost to Kalama 21-20
Last meeting: Stevenson 46-0 on Oct. 5, 2012
Players to watch: Stevenson — Colton Van Pelt passed for 226 yards last week against Kalama.
Game notes: The Bulldogs were a missed conversion away from taking Kalama to overtime. Winless Ilwaco should help Stevenson get over that tough loss.
The pick: Stevenson 33-7
LA CENTER (5-0) vs. TENINO (2-3)
When, where: 7 p.m. at Tenino HS
Last week: La Center beat White Salmon 48-16
Last meeting: La Center won 40-6 on Oct. 5, 2012
Players to watch: La Center — Connor Fulton is No. 3 in the county in rushing with 594 yards and 7 TDs.
Game notes: With two close losses, Tenino could easily be 4-1. But with a one-point win, the Beavers could also be 1-4. But one thing we can say for certain, after running into La Center, Tenino will be 2-4.
The pick: La Center 41-13
2A GSHL: R.A. Long (5-0, 1-0) at Aberdeen (2-3, 0-1), 7 p.m.
1A Trico: Kalama (3-2, 2-2) at Castle Rock (2-3, 2-2), 7 p.m.
1B non-league: King’s Way Christian (5-0) at Oakville (0-4), 7 p.m.