Last night’s Evergreen-Heritage game reminded me of Mountain View. That would be Mountain View circa 2002.
But first, a quick history lesson: Jon Eagle, now the coach at Camas, was the head coach of Evergreen when the Plainsmen became the first big-school from Clark County to reach the state semifinals. That was 1995.
It would be six more years before another Clark County team had such a playoff run. Mountain View did it in 2001 and 2002. And since Mountain View’s appearance in the final four, our region has sent a 3A or a 4A school to at least the state semifinals in nine of 13 seasons.
So, yes, Evergreen was the first to do it, but I also consider Mountain View’s 2001 run to be the start of a special era of Clark County football.
Of course, 2001 also happened to be my first year covering high school football for The Columbian, so without any objection, you can just call this The Valencia Era. Historians will thank you later. Clearly, players and coaches want to impress me! So they just keep winning.
The Valencia Era not quite working for you? Oh, OK. I won’t be offended.
Whatever, I will return to the point of this Day After Report. Last night’s game reminded me of a strategy used by former Mountain View coach Mike Woodward.
It was 2002. The Thunder had reached the semifinals in 2001 but lost to Evergreen for the league title in 2002, which sent the Thunder on the road for the Week 10 playoff game. Mountain View took on Puyallup, and I was there.
Back then, I was on the sideline covering games. (Long before Twitter and the rest of the internet took over, demanding updates every couple of minutes.) I still remember Woodward telling his special teams coach that he had one kickoff in him. Just one. And if it was a long return, that would be it. No more traditional kickoffs.
Puyallup had a Division I athlete returning kicks that year. Sure enough, on Mountain View’s first kickoff of the game, that Puyallup star broke free for a long return.
That was all Woodward needed to see.
So for the rest of the game, Mountain View kicked the ball out of bounds on all of their kickoffs and Puyallup started every possession at the 35-yard line.
Woodward knew his team had a weakness in its kick coverage. That weakness was more glaring kicking off to a special talent. So he took that part of the game out of the equation. Mountain View would win that game 26-23, then the Thunder won two blowouts to reach the semifinals.
Last night, there were a half-dozen of us in the press box wondering what Heritage was going to do on a crucial kickoff. The Timberwolves had just scored back-to-back touchdowns to make it a three-point game. They trailed 34-31 late in the third quarter.
Then the ball was kicked.
Right to Billy Nelson.
Up until that point, Nelson had already returned one kickoff for a touchdown. (Or did he? I’ll explain later.) He had returned a fumble for a touchdown. He also had a 31-yard touchdown run. Oh, and he was so close to a punt return for a touchdown.
It was clear: If Nelson got his hands on the ball, he was a threat to score.
So if you read my game report, you know Nelson returned it for a touchdown. All the momentum Heritage had gained was gone in a flash.
To be fair to Heritage, there really isn’t a good place to kick the ball to Evergreen. I believe I saw Justice Murphy (athlete who expects to sign with Utah) and Rey Green (one of best running backs in the region) also on the return team.
Pick your poison, huh?
My guess is teams will start kicking the ball out of bounds against Evergreen, or use a squib kick in hopes of an up man picking up the ball, or maybe get a bad bounce. Something. Anything. As long as the ball doesn’t get in the hands of those return men. (By the way, Camas is one of the teams that has a huge advantage in the kicking game. Caleb Lightbourn usually kicks the ball into the end zone for an automatic touchback.)
Anyway, I’ll always remember that Woodward philosophy. You’ve got one chance. Blow it, and we’ll find another way to “cover” the kickoff.
It was Mountain View’s return policy that helped the Thunder reach the final four that year.
With that said, I’d like to say thanks to Evergreen and Heritage for a wild, fun football game to watch. Jarod Luedecker had a 100-yard interception return for the Timberwolves. Kalani Umiamaka had a kickoff return for a touchdown, too! In all, there were five return touchdowns in this game.
Fun to watch.
EVERGREEN 47, HERITAGE 31
The Plainsmen start the 4A GSHL schedule with a win
More on Nelson: So there were the two kickoff returns for touchdowns, the fumble return for touchdown and the touchdown run from Billy Nelson. Well, he also had an interception and decent return that set up Evergreen’s final touchdown of the game. Nelson had two long punt returns, as well, one setting up a touchdown.
What about that first kickoff return for a TD? Nelson’s first touchdown of the game came while playing defense. He scooped up a fumble and tip-toed down the sideline for a touchdown. I asked him if he thought he stepped out of bounds. He said no.
I did not have to ask him if he stepped out of bounds on his first kickoff return for a touchdown. Because he did. His touchdown made it 26-10 in the second quarter. The only person who did not see Nelson step out of bounds around the 3-yard line was the official on the sideline.
I tweeted out that Nelson was so fast that the official had no chance to see the play. He was 20 or 30 yards behind the play. Yes, Nelson stepped out of bounds. But no one from Evergreen was going to apologize.
Consistency: Evergreen coach Don Johnson Jr., was livid after the game, still steaming about a call he thought should have been made against the Timberwolves. Evergreen, after all, had several penalties, including some unsportsmanlike calls, go against them. The game did get a bit chippy at times.
Johnson wondered why Heritage was not called for unsportsmanlike conduct after a fourth-down play in the fourth quarter. Evergreen quarterback Jerrin Williams ran out of bounds, just short of the marker. Momentum carries a few players ran into the Heritage bench area. These kind of things happen several times a game. But in this case, a player wearing a Heritage jersey but not playing shoved Williams about five yards past the boundary.
If the officials had seen it, it would have been called. It looked bad. I just think the officials were more concerned with where to mark the ball. After all, it was a fourth-down play and it was close to the first down. None of the officials saw the shove.
It happens sometimes. They are human. Just like they did not see Nelson step out of bounds on the kickoff return.
There was plenty of defense: The final score does not look like there was much defense in this game, but remember, there were a ton of returns for touchdowns. So yes, there were big defensive plays.
Evergreen’s Erik Safford and Joseph Tataolut had back-to-back sacks in the fourth quarter when Heritage was in desperation mode.
“It felt awesome,” Safford said. “You have him, and you can feel him trying to get away, and ‘Nope, you’re going down.’”
D.J. Roberts also had a sack, and I wrote down No. 55 had a sack, as well. But the name on the roster does not match who the player was who got the sack. Sorry about that. Must have wrote the number down wrong. Dallas Goodpaster and Jacob Riverman also had tackles-for-loss for the Plainsmen. Nelson and Kobey Eaton had interceptions.
Evergreen held Heritage to 172 yards of offense.
Nelson said he was not impressed, though. He said the Plainsmen won’t be impressed with themselves until they get even better.
Heritage had some nice plays on defense, too. You saw the Luedecker touchdown return. Race Bynum also had an interception for the Timberwolves. Jeremiah Kelly had a third-down sack for the Heritage defense.
A lot of yards: Kalani Umiamaka had his third consecutive big game for the Timberwolves, carrying the ball 29 times for 141 yards and two touchdowns. (Plus he had the kickoff return for a TD.)
Late in the third quarter, the Timberwolves got down to the Evergreen 3-yard line. This was a fun moment for a football fan. The Evergreen defense knew Umiamaka was going to get the ball. Heritage knew it was going to give Umiamaka the ball. The defense was up to the challenge on the first two plays, with Umiamaka getting a yard on each play. On third down, Umiamaka broke a tackle in the backfield, then scooted into the end zone.
That made it 34-31. It was a game.
And then Nelson touched the ball again. Game over.
UNION 51, MOUNTAIN VIEW 21
The Titans are 1-0 all time against Mountain View in league games.
First league battle: Union started playing football in 2007. This was the first time these two teams played a league game, though, as they both were in different classifications until this year.
A lot of yards: Union rushed for 397 yards and threw for 158 for a total of 554 yards of offense.
Mountain View ended up with 343 yards of offense. That’s not a bad number. It’s just seems so small compared to 554.
Mountain View drives: Most of Mountain View’s yards came on two drives. The Thunder went 91 yards on 10 plays to score their first touchdown of the game. Garrett Jones capped the drive with a 7-yard touchdown run to make it 7-7 in the first quarter.
Then in the third quarter, Mountain View went 91 yards on 14 plays. Garrett Jones again ended the drive, this time on a 10-yard TD run.
Preston Jones, by the way, led the Thunder with 162 yards on the ground. He had a 65-yard touchdown run just before the end of the first half.
Defensive standouts: Union defensive lineman Austin Holloway had two sacks. On one, he showcased his athletic talent. It seriously looked like the quarterback had spun away from the pressure, but Holloway would not go for it. Dropped him.
Ian O’Brien also had a sack for the Titans. Kyle Vermeulen was in on a big defensive play, too. Caleb Browning and Carter Clay had interceptions.
Jake Ryan had an interception for Mountain View.
Sorry, no interviews: On deadline for the second game at McKenzie Stadium, I wrote a quick game story and filed the boxscore. By the time I was done, all the players were gone. Hope to find some of you next time.
SKYVIEW 44, BATTLE GROUND 9
The Storm still among the Big Three.
So this happened again: Last year, the person who does The Columbian’s picks, picked Battle Ground to surprise Skyview. Wasn’t that big of a stretch. Others predicted it, too, including one system that uses math and stuff. Well, Skyview won that game last year.
I remember thinking that if one of the Big Three (Camas, Union or Skyview) were going to lose last year, Battle Ground was the team that was going to do beat one of those teams. So, yes, last year, I understood with the person who made our pick, going with Battle Ground.
(By the way, I promise I do not make the picks for The Columbian. I have been in discussions with the person who does. Every once in a while my opinion is asked, and I will give it, but I do not make the picks for The Columbian.)
This year, this Battle Ground-Skyview game was discussed again. And our picks guy ended up going with Battle Ground, with a funny explanation, too. No need for me to go into detail of how I would have predicted this game.
Instead, let me try to predict the future. I will predict that Skyview will be picked to beat Battle Ground next year. I have no idea who will be on the field for each team. I just know that our picks guy has missed this game two years in a row.
So until further notice, Skyview seems to still have Battle Ground’s number.
CAMAS 68, ROGERS 0 (Saturday)
Listened to a few minutes of this game over the internet. Only needed a few minutes. This game was over as soon as Camas walked off the bus.
Anyway, I’m recording this game, which will be on TV this evening. I hope to “stat” it and have the Camas stats in our system by Sunday night.
COLUMBIA RIVER 36, CENTRALIA 20
Chieftain shut out Centralia in second half.
Adversity: For the first time all year, the Chieftains were in a battle. The game was tied at the half.
Then Columbia River got the second-half shutout to improve to 3-0.
WASHOUGAL 26, RIDGEFIELD 14
Panthers get a win in 2A GSHL opener.
This and that: There are 10 new coaches on Washougal’s staff this year, including head coach Dave Hajek. … Washougal benefited from huge plays in the running game from running back Brandon Casteel on a little trap play which he broke for three big runs. … Washougal receiver Tristan Roseff was Kyron Carlson’s most frequent target in the passing game going for 59 yards on three catches. … Washougal’s defensive linemen figured out Ridgefield’s middle screen stuff, stopping several plays that could have been big-gainers for the Spudders. … Hajek said he still thinks Ridgefield could be good enough to be one of the top three teams in the league. This was Washougal’s night, he said, but the Spudders have speed and size that will cause problems for future opponents.
WOODLAND 50, HUDSON’S BAY 0
Woodland returns to the 2A GSHL with a win; Bay loses its first league game as a 2A team
3-for-3 shutouts: While it was easy to focus on Eli Whitmire’s career night (five touchdowns, 289 all-purpose yards), let’s stop for a minute to celebrate the Beavers defense.
For the third consecutive game, the Beavers threw a shutout at their opponents – first Kalama (50-0), then La Center (44-0) and now Hudson’s Bay.
And while those opponents are a combined 2-7 through three weeks of the season, it’s still hard to keep three teams off the scoreboard in a season, much less in three consecutive weeks.
Friday night, the Beavers held the Eagles to minus-12 yards rushing, 47 total yards of offense and five first downs. They also forced six turnovers, including on all three Bay second-half possessions.
Linebackers Troy Flanagan (nine tackles, sack, forced fumble) and Tristan Thomas (eight tackles, sack) led the defensive charge before joining Whitmire and the rest of the starters on the sidelines following Bay’s first possession of the second half, which ended with an interception by senior cornerback Paul Castro.
“I told the kids that we raised the bar against La Center last week,” said Woodland coach Mark Greenleaf. “We emphasized that again at halftime tonight. We just need to keep raising that bar to compete at the next level.”
Injury report: Two concerns for Greenleaf as the score grew more lopsided – avoid injuries and cut down on the extra-curricular action after the Beavers were called for three first-half personal fouls.
They succeeded on the second count (only four minor penalties from the second-stringers), but not on the first. They lost junior starting lineman Austin Rintala to an injury to his left knee in the second quarter, and Greenleaf said his status for next week’s game at Ridgefield won’t be known until Monday.
Bay watch: At least Eagles co-coach Andy Meyer kept his sense of humor intact following the game.
“I liked when we last talked a lot more,” Meyer quipped when I approached him.
That last time was following Bay’s season-opening 20-19 win over archrival Fort Vancouver in the Peace Pipe game.
Now, after back-to-back games in which the Eagles have given up 50 points and not scored an offensive touchdown, where do they go as they prepare for a non-league encounter at La Center?
“We’re going to regroup, and we’ll be up for the challenge,” Meyer said. “We’re a young program in a lot of different ways. The thing we’ll build on from tonight is that the kids never gave up, even though things got ugly early. We fought hard in the second half. We’ll build on that.”
HOCKINSON 48, CASTLE ROCK 0
The Hawks are undefeated, too
The 2A GSHL is going to be fun to watch. Hockinson won its third consecutive blowout, just like Woodland.
This one was over early. We had conflicting reports, though. One had the score 48-0 at the half. The other had it 41-0 at the half. Either way, it was over at the half.
STEVENSON 24, ESTACADA 3
Congrats to the Bulldogs for winning in Oregon
Backup quarterback Luke Nichols threw for 156 yards and a touchdown for Stevenson. Brandon Campbell had two catches for 140 yards and a touchdown. Two catches for 140 yards. Decent average, huh?
That’s it for this week. Hope to get the stats posted by Sunday night.
Thanks to Erik Gundersen for the Washougal notes. Thanks to Rene Ferran for the Woodland notes.]]>
I learned Evergreen is playing JV-only this season, which is why readers may not see their scores reported among the varsity results even though they remain on the schedule. All varsity teams playing Evergreen receive 6-0 forfeit wins as far as the team standings go.
Nevertheless, I focused my camera lens on the No. 1 singles match Monday between Evergreen’s Hayden Priebe and Mountain View’s Shiva Chetrri. Since the matches were JV, all were pro sets. Chetrri won the match 8-2. (Hint: Click on photos to make them BIGGER)
Going to give a shout out to Fort Vancouver’s doubles team of Luis Figuero Valencia and Jonah Benavente. They won their match against Washougal 6-1, 6-3 on Monday to give the Trappers their first varsity point of the season. Since Fort has just four players, the challenge is big every match. Nice to see — even with their long odds — the Fort players giving it their all.
How close were Skyview and Camas on Monday? Not only did the varsity match need to be decided on total games won, but so did the JV match. Skyview won both.
Three stars of the day in Tuesday’s print edition went to tennis players who won three-set matches on Monday. Both of Columbia River’s victories against Union were very close three-set matches. Owen Carlson needed a third-set tiebreaker for his win at No. 1 singles, and Nathan Crary, at No. 2, came back from a set down for his win. (Union won the match 4-2.)
In the Skyview-Camas match, Camas No. 1 Jonathan Ho also came back from a set down and then won in the third 7-5.
Union’s Zhengyi Chen was on the short end of Crary’s victory on Monday. On Wednesday it was a different match as he was playing No. 1 singles against Heritage’s Brandon Hatch. Zhengyi Chen won 6-1, 6-1.
Union dominated at No. 1 doubles with Alex Calpagiu and Bjorn Morfin, posting a 6-0, 6-0 win.
Intriguing matchups coming up include: Mountain View at Camas on Monday, Sept. 22, Union at Mountain View on Wednesday, Sept. 24, and Prairie at Columbia River on Wednesday as well.
Prior to all that, Mountain View will be busy with some nonleague matches. Todd Beamer of Federal Way will play the Thunder on Friday at Club Green Meadows, and then stick around for Saturday’s Thunder Invitational also at Club Green Meadows. Olympia and Kentridge are also scheduled to participate in the tournament, which begins at 10:30 a.m.
One other note from the week, Fort Vancouver coach Charles Hahn and his USTA/Pacific Northwest 8.0 Mixed 40-over doubles team from Vancouver Tennis Center won the Sectional title, played Sept. 12-14 in Sunriver, Ore. They swept a team from Seattle (3-0) in the final on Sunday. As Sectional champs, the VTC team qualifies for the USTA National tournament in Surprise, Ariz., Nov. 12-14.
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So I went to talk to the Prep Proletariat about his Week 2 picks earlier this week.
And ever since he started his Twitter account, the Prep Proletariat has become a bit more paranoid. So we had to take some elaborate steps to set up our meeting.
I met a couple of his contacts at a local Starbucks (an interesting choice for a meeting spot). They blindfolded me and took me to the Prep Proletariat’s hideout.
When my eyes were uncovered, I was greeted by the sight of the Prep Proletariat sucking on a venti Chocolate Chip Frappuccino and looking as confident as ever.
So we started to talk football.
ME: So, PP (we’re close). You went 11-4 last week on picking winners. That takes you to 22-7 on the season or a 76 percent success rate. Are you pleased?
PREP PROLETARIAT: Eh. It’s a good start. But we will not be satisfied until we’ve achieved perfection.
ME: Well, the let’s start with your misfires.
PP: If you insist.
ME: Woodinville-Skyview, Juanita-Mountain View, Beamer-Evergreen and White Salmon-Woodland. The common thread there with three of those games is that they involved Seattle-area teams.
PP: Yes, you see I have a team of advisors to help me with my predictions. Even though it might seem like it, I can’t actually be everywhere. And it wasn’t a good week for my advisors.
ME: What are you going to do fix that?
PP: Well, I sent them off to a long winter vacation to help them reconsider their scouting habits.
ME: Winter vacation? But it’s September.
PP: Do you not understand the word “long”?
ME: Oh, I see. Well, let’s talk about some of your wins. Some folks on Twitter pointed out how some of your scores were kind of “off.” You had Camas, Hockinson and Woodland winning close game, and yet those three teams won by an average of 43 points.
PP: Did they win?
ME: Yes, but by a lot more than you predicted.
PP: Did they win?
ME: Yes, but—
PP: The only thing that matters is wins and losses. Everything else is just decoration.
ME: OK then. Let’s talk about a near miss. You had Battle Ground beating Spanaway Lake 39-27, and the Tigers won 38-29. Pretty close.
PP: Yes, I was actually quite upset by that. Spanaway Lake made a two-point conversion on its last TD, and Battle Ground didn’t go for two on its last TD. Reverse those and we were spot on. I’m going to have to talk to Coach Peck about that.
ME: Week 3 brings league play. Are there games this week that gave more trouble than others?
PP: Evergreen-Heritage and Skyview-Battle Ground. Really deliberated over those ones. Also thought a bit about Ridgefield-Washougal and White Salmon-Fort.
ME: Well, at least, none of those teams come from the Seattle area? Right?
PP: You know, we still have room on the train east.
ME: OK, well, thanks for your time.
4A Greater St. Helens League
HERITAGE (2-0) vs. EVERGREEN (1-1)
When, where: 5 p.m., McKenzie Stadium
Internet radio: elisportsnetwork.com
Last week: Heritage beat Hudson’s Bay 50-7; Evergreen lost to Todd Beamer 33-0
About Heritage: The Timberwolves have new confidence under coach Chuck Hawthorne. Hawthorne has led the T-Wolves to the 2-0 start in school history. … The Heritage defense has not allowed a point all season. The only opponent’s points came on an interception return. … Junior RB Kalani Umiamaka leads the county in rushing with 315 yards. Almost all of his 165 yards last week were gained in the first half. … Hawthorne said Heritage’s 50-7 win was “not pretty.” He was concerned with the center-to-quarterback exchange. After several bad snaps in the opener, the issue continued into Week 2. “We worked on that last week,” Hawthorne said. “And we’ll just keep working on that.”
About Evergreen: After scoring 56 points in their opener, the Plainsmen were shut out in Week 2. Todd Beamer used a power running game to overpower Evergreen. The Titans defense bottled up Evergreen’s runners, giving them little room to use their explosive speed. And the Plainsmen completed only 2 of 15 passes.
Prep Proletariat says: These two teams enter this game from two different points of view. Evergreen trying to regroup, while Heritage brims with confidence. Both coaches are trying to change the culture of their programs. While I like what Hawthorne is doing at Heritage, Evergreen’s weapons likely will hard to contain.
Prediction: Evergreen 28-23
SKYVIEW (1-1) vs. BATTLE GROUND (1-1)
When, where: 7 p.m., District Stadium, Battle Ground HS
Last week: Skyview lost to Woodinville 28-16; Battle Ground beat Spanaway Lake 38-29
About Skyview: The Storm’s defense has been their strength so far this season. But the offense has struggled to produce points. Skyview has scored 33 total points in two games, and one TD was scored by the defense. RB Josh Emmy has rushed for 214 yards. QB Zac Shomler has passed for 307 yards, but has a sub-.500 completion percentage.
About Battle Ground: QB Gunner Talkington leads the county in passing with 661 yards, more than 200 than the next highest total. His eight TD passes are double the next highest total. After rushing for zero yards in Week 1, Talkington rushed for 120 yards last week. However, no RB has gained more than 36 yards this season. The Battle Ground has allowed an average of 36 points in two weeks.
Prep Proletariat says: History says this is an easy one. Skyview has won the last nine meetings between these two teams by an average margin of 35.6 points. Last year, we predicted that Battle Ground would end the Storm run, and Skyview said “Not so fast my friend,” making us look silly by winning 44-24. But this is also the first Skyview team since 2007 that played consecutive games without scoring at least 20 points. So we’ll be silly again.
Prediction: Battle Ground 27-20
MOUNTAIN VIEW (0-2) vs. UNION (2-0)
When, where: 8 p.m., McKenzie Stadium
Internet radio: elisportsnetwork.com
Last week: Mountain View lost to Juanita 56-29; Union beat Curtis 24-7
About Mountain View: The Thunder welcomed back Preston Jones to the attack. Jones rushed for 164 yards on 15 carries in his season debut last week. But Mountain View had a hard time matching up with Juanita’s speed. This week, the Thunder will need to match up with Union’s tough defense. Having a more balanced attack with QB Lex Reese (418 yards passing) will help.
About Union: After giving up big plays in the first half against Federal Way, the Union defense has tightened up, allowing on 13 points in their last six quarters. This is Union’s home opener after playing the first two weeks up in the Puget Sound area. Union’s ground game is led by Alex Berfanger (178 yards) and Caleb Browning (140).
Prep Proletariat says: The Thunder are looking to avoid their first 0-3 since opening 0-4 in 2006. And they’ll try to do it against a team the Thunder have never beaten. Union is 4-0 in this series, winning by an average score of 30-7.
Prediction: Union 31-14
3A Greater St. Helens League
PRAIRIE (0-2) vs. KELSO (1-1)
When, where: 7 p.m., Schroeder Field, Kelso HS
Internet radio: 1015thewave.com
Last week: Prairie lost to Hockinson 41-0; Kelso lost to R.A. Long 22-3
About Prairie: Two weeks into the season, and the Falcons have failed to move the scoreboard. It gets worse than that. If you go back to last season, Prairie has been shut out in three consecutive games as 2013 ended for Prairie with 13-0 loss at Kelso. The Falcons only managed 64 yards of offense against 2A Hockinson. Their leading rusher gained five yards.
About Kelso: The Hilanders also failed to find the end zone against a 2A foe last week. Kelso was limited to 131 yards last week and turned the ball over four times. Mason Meeker rushed for 57 yards last week. Kelso did beat Mark Morris 35-6 in Week 1
Prep Proletariat says: Prairie Terry Hyde says it may not look like it, but the Falcons offense is getting better. We’ll take his word for it, and will predict that Prairie … will score. But that’s as far as we’re willing to go.
Prediction: Kelso 24-6
2A Greater St. Helens League
RIDGEFIELD (2-0) vs. WASHOUGAL (1-1)
When, where: 7 p.m., Fishback Stadium, Washougal HS
Last week: Ridgefield beat Kalama 35-14; Washougal lost to White Salmon 14-7.
About Ridgefield: The Spudders opened against a pair of 1A teams, just like they did last year. But instead of losing 34-0 and 39-8, they’ve posted two solid wins this season. RB Nathan Eggleston had a big game last week, rushing for 140 yards on 24 carries and scoring two TDs. He ranks No. 2 in the county with 289 yards in two games. QB Jonah Roberts was efficient, completing 6 of 8 passes for 112 yards. Cade Morrill caught five passes for 98 yards.
About Washougal: The Panthers defense has played well, allowing just 20 points in two weeks. But the offense has been sluggish and mistake-prone. Garret Duey rushed for 85 yards last week, as White Salmon scored the winning TD in the final minute.
Prep Proletariat says: Ridgefield hasn’t faced a defense as strong as Washougal. But Washougal hasn’t faced an offense as proficient as Ridgefield. So what wins? Ridgefield’s offense, or Washougal’s defense?
Prediction: Ridgefield 21-13
HUDSON’S BAY (1-1) vs. WOODLAND (2-0)
When, where: 7 p.m., Beaver Stadium, Woodland HS
Last week: Hudson’s Bay lost to Heritage 50-7; Woodland beat La Center 44-0
About Hudson’s Bay: Heritage made Bay one-dimensional by shutting down the ground game. The Eagles gained 11 net yards on the ground last week. That put pressure on QB Jeremy Matheny, who threw for 83 yards and three interceptions.
About Woodland: The Beavers have been VERY impressive in the opening two weeks, outscoring two good 1A teams 94-0. It doesn’t look like Woodland will skip a beat moving up to the 2A GSHL. Freshman QB Wyatt Harsh has passed for 284 yards. RB Eli Whitmire has rushed for 248 yards. And the defense has been awesome.
Prep Proletariat says: Matchup of two new 2A teams, one moving up from 1A, one moving down from 3A. It seems like the latter should have the edge. But, no.
Prediction: Woodland 34-6
COLUMBIA RIVER (2-0) vs. CENTRALIA (2-0)
When, where: 7 p.m., Centralia HS
Internet radio: kelaam.com
Last week: Columbia River beat Mark Morris 35-0; Centralia beat Aberdeen 56-14
About Columbia River: The Chieftains defense has set the tone early for River, pitching two shutouts. The offense has been steady but not spectacular. The Chieftains are still trying to find its ground attack. Vincent Daniels was the leading rusher last week with 40 yards, even though River played with the lead all game. QB Gabe Evenson passed for 147 yards and three TDs.
About Centralia: The Bearcats piled up 490 yards rushing against Aberdeen, led by Gavin Kerner’s 137 yards and two TDs in just five carries. In two games this season, Centralia has not punted. The Tigers rushed for 422 yards in a 47-7 win over Rochester in Week 1. Kerner had 116 yards on six carries in that game.
Prep Proletariat says: A bigger test for the Chieftains’ defense this week. The Tigers like to run. That plan didn’t work well for Mark Morris last week.
Prediction: Columbia River 27-20
WHITE SALMON (1-1) vs. FORT VANCOUVER (1-1)
When, where: 7 p.m., Kiggins Bowl, Discovery MS
Last week: Fort Vancouver beat the The Dalles (Ore.) 54-28; White Salmon beat Washougal 14-7
About White Salmon: The Bruins like to shorten the game by pounding out yards on the ground and playing solid defense. Josh Lewis is the Bruins’ leading rusher. QB Tanner Rabinowitz leads the passing game.
About Fort Vancouver: The Trappers got a huge confidence boost after losing a tough one to Hudson’s Bay in Week 1. D.J. Owens had a huge game, rushing for 171 yards on 15 carries. QB Jordan Suell passed for 149 yards, with David Bishop catching five passes for 85 yards. The Trappers built a 54-12 lead in the fourth quarter.
Prep Proletariat says: Mistakes played big roles in Week 1 losses for both teams. Limiting those mistakes will be the key to victory in Week 3.
Prediction: Fort Vancouver 27-22
HOCKINSON (2-0) vs. CASTLE ROCK (0-2)
When, where: 7 p.m., Castle Rock HS
Last week: Hockinson beat Prairie 41-0; Castle Rock lost to Tenino 39-19
About Hockinson: The Hawks have looked impressive in the opening two week under the return of Rick Steele as head coach. Hockinson rolled past 1A Trico League favorite La Center, then shut out 3A Prairie. Tommy Harshaw (269 yards, 4 TDs) and Austen Johnson (245 yards, 2 TDs) have led the offense. Mitch Lines was efficient in his debut at QB, completing 11 of 14 passes for 161 yards last week.
About Castle Rock: The Rockets dug themselves into a hole last week, giving up a TD on the opening kickoff and then fumbling away the ensuing kickoff to help Tenino to an early 12-0 lead. The Rockets’ Chris Millward rushed for 95 yards and two TDs, but both scores came in the fourth quarter after Tenino built a 39-7 lead.
Prep Proletariat says: Castle Rock already has one loss to a 2A GSHL team (Ridgefield in Week 1). I think the Rockets will find a tougher time against the Hawks.
Prediction: Hockinson 41-7
LA CENTER (0-2) vs. TUMWATER (2-0)
When, where: 7 p.m., Tumwater Stadium, Tumwater HS
Last week: La Center lost to Woodland 44-0; Tumwater beat Timberline 35-33
La Center: To say the least, things have not gone well for the Wildcats so far in 2014. La Center challenged itself with a tough non-league slate. The Wildcats have been outscored 72-3 in two games against 2A foes. Now the Wildcats get to play the No.2-ranked 2A team and two-time 2A state runner-up. Not good. And to make matters worse, their league defensive player of the year Max Hiller is injured.
About Tumwater: The Thunderbirds have opened the season with some tough non-league contests. Tumwater beat 3A Capital in Week 1 and 4A Timberline in Week 2. Spencer Dowers threw three TD passes last week. Here’s the most impressive stat for the T-birds: They are 27-2 in their last 29 games dating back to 2012. The lone two losses were to Lynden in state title games.
Prep Proletariat says: The league schedule starts next week Wildcats. So things will get better. But by the time you get there you might have been outscored by opponents by more than 100 points. Yikes.
Prediction: Tumwater 48-6
STEVENSON (0-2) vs. ESTACADA (0-2)
When, where: 7 p.m., Estacada (Ore.) HS
Last week: Stevenson lost to Hoquiam 19-6; Estacada lost to Sweet Home 45-13
About Stevenson: The Bulldogs have dropped two games by nearly identical scores (they lost 18-6 to Washougal in Week 1). Last week’s game got off to a good start as Stevenson led 6-0 at halftime. But the Bulldogs struggled to move the ball after the intermission as Hoquiam rallied to win. QB Colton Van Pelt passed for 60 yards. RB Josh Anderson rushed for 42.
About Estacada: This is the home opener for the Rangers, who had their practice Monday canceled because poor air conditions caused by the nearby forest fire. Estacada is coming off a 3-7 season in 2013.
Prep Proletariat says: Going into this one a little blind with little info on Estacada. But it would appear Stevenson will face a less stingy defense than it had in the first two weeks.
Prediction: Stevenson 22-19
NORTH BEACH (2-0) vs. SETON CATHOLIC (1-1)
When, where: 7 p.m., Doc Harris Stadium, Camas
Last week: Seton Catholic lost to Blanchet (Ore.) 36-0; North Beach beat South Bend 54-0.
About Seton Catholic: The Cougars could muster little momentum against a tough Oregon squad last week. QB Will Noce-Sheldon rushed for 87 yards and passed for 59.
About North Beach: The Hyaks of Ocean Shores have rolled in the opening two weeks, outscoring opponents 106-0. They opened the season with a 52-0 win over Ilwaco, a former 1A Trico rival of Seton. North Beach is a Class 2B school.
Prep Proletariat says: That Ilwaco result for North Beach is not very encouraging for Seton Catholic.
Prediction: North Beach 40-12
CAMAS (2-0) vs. ROGERS-PUYALLUP (1-1)
When, where: 4 p.m., Sparks Stadium, Puyallup
Internet radio: elisportsnetwork.com
Last week: Camas beat Federal Way 49-6; Rogers lost to Tahoma 48-41
About Camas: A new bunch of Papermakers, but really the same ol’ Papermakers. Camas has been very impressive in the opening weeks, particularly last week against Federal Way. WR James Price has 14 catches for 211 yards. QB Liam Fitzgerald has passed for 428 yards. And the defense has been as stellar as usual.
About Rogers: The Rams, coming off a 4-5 season, like to operate in space in the spread offense. That might explain their 48-41 loss to Tahoma. WR Kyler Ooley is their big playmaker. QB Griffen Stacey threw for 500 yards and six TD passes, all to Ooley. Ooley had 11 catches for 326 yards and 496 all-purpose yards. BUT the Rams also allowed 579 passing yards to Tahoma’s Amandre Williams. Crazy.
Prep Proletariat says: The Papermakers are always up for a challenge on defense. But you remember last year’s Camas win over Battle Ground? 85-38. This might end up looking like that. Good thing this game is being played Saturday at 4 p.m. It MIGHT be over by 9 p.m.
Prediction: Camas 49-24
Other games, Friday
2A GSHL: R.A. Long (1-1) at Mark Morris (0-2), 7 p.m.
Non-league: King’s Way Christian (0-2) at Kalama (0-2), 7 p.m.
Union got another road win. Eventually the Titans do plan to play in Clark County, right?
Heritage is 2-0 for the first time in school history. Or second time in history. There was some confusion with this. Tim Martinez wrote second time in history but then was told by a Heritage official that it had never happened before. However, I thought Heritage went 9-0 in 2000. Maybe they were just undefeated in league play?
There are other good storylines out there, too.
Hockinson is 2-0 with convincing wins.
Fort Vancouver got a win in Oregon. It is Fort’s first win outside of Clark County since 2007.
Woodland has to feel good with such an easy win over a rival.
Still a couple teams from Southwest Washington to play on Saturday but I’ve got to get this report started now.
Before first, I must say this will be a bit smaller report than usual. It is possible another reporter will either add to this report or put up another report. But as soon as I file this one, I’m done for the weekend. I’m heading to the Promised Land: Raiders home opener.
Here’s a pic of of a friend I met last year in the stadium:
As you can see, all Raider fans are awesome.
So anyway, back to the Report:
THIS IS REALLY, REALLY DUMB
Seriously, this is dumb.
In high school football, dead-ball penalties against both teams do not offset. The officials actually step off the yardage against one team, then step off the yardage against the other team. Looks silly. But the end result, usually, is the ball is placed at the spot where all of this started.
But not always.
And here is the dumb part.
In the Skyview-Woodinville game, the Skyview Storm picked up a first down at the Woodinville 9-yard line. After the play, one of the Falcons and one of the Storm decided to have their own little battle. The official ruled unsportsmanslike conduct against Skyview, then unsportsmanlike conduct against Woodinville.
Now, in most football worlds, this would offset. The play was over, after all. So the next play would begin at the 9-yard line. Right?
Well, take a guess as to how the ball was moved to the 12-yard line.
Figured it out yet?
Well, try this:
The officials stepped off 15 yards against Skyview to the 24-yard line. Then, it was time to step off the penalty yardage against the defense. But it’s not 15 yards in this case. Because the Storm were so close to the end zone, the enforcement of the penalty is half the distance. So Skyview was awarded 12 yards instead of 15.
See what just happened there? The defense “gained” three yards.
So I spoke to an official after the game, and yep, that’s the way it works out. The official, who I am not naming, acknowledged that this is a bad rule.
Or, as I said, dumb.
There is more to this. Apparently, if an official sees who “started” the altercation, and still gives the penalty to both teams, then the team that started the altercation is supposed to be accessed the penalty first.
So this could have been worse for the Storm. It could have been a 5-yard penalty to the 4-yard line (half the distance from the 9) and then a 15-yard penalty against them to the 19-yard line. But in Friday’s game, officials walked off the penalty against Skyview first.
See where this is going?
You realize that if the offense has the ball, at say, the 6-yard line, the defense now has incentive to pick a fight after a play. I’m not suggesting anyone would coach this, but consider:
If the ball is at the 6-yard line, a defensive player could start talking trash or pushing, hoping to get the offensive player to push back, hoping to draw a penalty. If the official just sees the defense, it would be a 3-yard penalty to the 3-yard line. If the official only sees the offense retaliate, it would be a 15-yard penalty against the offense, ball back to the 21. And if the official rules against both teams, but gives the defense the penalty first, the ball would initially move to the 3-yard line (3-yard penalty on defense) then all the way back to the 18-yard line (15-yard penalty against the offense). And even if officials rule against the offense first, the ball would move back to the 21, then ahead half the distance to the 10-yard line. The defense wins again!
This is nuts! This is dumb.
Statistically, shouldn’t the defense actually try this? The defense, in this case, would risk a 3-yard penalty for the chance to get the offense moved back up to 12 yards?
I really hope I’m wrong, that I misheard the explanation from this official. Please, please tell me I’m wrong.
I don’t think I’m wrong, though.
But I know this rule is wrong.
WOODINVILLE 28, SKYVIEW 16
Storm had their moments, but not enough of them
Touchdown vulture: In fantasy football, a touchdown vulture is a running back who comes in and scores on short-yardage situations. The other running backs might have gained most of the yards to get in position to score, but it is the touchdown vulture who actually finds the end zone.
Woodinville’s Mitchell Jones is Washington high school football’s touchdown vulture. And trust me, that’s a compliment. Jones had nine carries for 18 yards, but scored four touchdowns against the Storm.
Blake Ingram was all over the place: After the game, a Skyview teammate came up to Blake Ingram and asked him a simple question.
“Did you have 47 tackles or 74 tackles?”
Easy mistake to make. Because it seemed like Ingram was in on just about every tackle for the Skyview defense.
None of the Storm were thrilled with the result, but Ingram still appreciates this squad.
“Our whole team played with heart,” Ingram said. “We’ll always play with heart. I’ll always love my team for that.”
Credit Woodinville: Skyview coach Steve Kizer noted his team’s miscues but also wanted to give credit to the Falcons.
“They didn’t want to go 0-2,” Kizer said. “They played harder than we did, no doubt.”
Emmy drive: Josh Emmy had his own personal two-play touchdown drive for the Storm. He rushed for 25 yards on the first play, then broke free for a 40-yard touchdown run on the second play of the possession, pulling Skyview within five points at 14-9.
“I gotta thank the O-line,” Emmy said.
Yeah, the hole was that big. Big enough, in fact, that one didn’t need to be as fast as Emmy to make that play.
“You could have put a lineman in there, and he could have scored on that one,” Emmy said.
BATTLE GROUND 38, SPANAWAY LAKE 29
A whole lotta yards for quarterback Gunner Talkington
Impressive. Most impressive: This has got to be one of the best stat lines of the week in all of Washington, let alone Southwest Washington. Battle Ground quarterback Gunner Talkington completed 23 of 30 passes for 372 yards and four touchdowns. Oh, and he rushed for 120 yards. That’s 492 yards of offense. (Didn’t even need my calculator for that!)
Chris Waters caught all four touchdown passes, by the way. Dude had a game, too, with 10 receptions for 172 yards.
But Talkington. Wow. Eight yards from 500.
As Darth Vader would say … Well, you can hear it from Darth Vader:
Battle Ground coach Larry Peck had some things to say about Talkington, too.
“We had a really strong game from our sophomore quarterback, both running and throwing, making plays when we had to have them,” Peck said.
Hey Tigers, Darth Vader said it better, but Peck determines playing time so best to just to listen to him.
This game, which featured 67 points, was scoreless after the first quarter. Spanaway Lake took the lead first. Then Spanaway Lake cut the Battle Ground lead to two points in the fourth quarter.
“It was a great win for us because we fought through some adversity,” Peck said. “We could have cracked, but we didn’t.”
COLUMBIA RIVER 35, MARK MORRIS 0 (Thursday night)
The Chieftains have opened up with consecutive shutouts.
Journalists love guys like this: If you read my game story, you read that Hunter Graham is very confident in his team’s abilities. We journalists love a confident guy who gives confident quotes. We journalists don’t care about “bulletin board” material and the like. We care about fun quotes.
(To be fair, because he is a high school athlete, I did ask Hunter if he was sure he wanted me to use his words. I’m a nice guy (usually) so if he would have reconsidered, I just wouldn’t have used those quotes. He was fine with what he said, though.)
After our conversation, I told his coach what Hunter had said. John O’Rourke paused for a second. Shrugged a bit. And then …
“When 18-year-olds get an opinion, that’s what you get,” O’Rourke said.
Hey, it’s not like Graham said anything negative toward an opponent. Quite the contrary. He just believes his team is awesome. Nothing wrong with that.
Defense dominates, helps offense: I am looking forward to seeing the Columbia River offense get in synch. Didn’t happen much on Thursday, but you can see it’s close.
There were a few times when quarterback Gabe Evenson threw the ball to open areas of the field, but his receivers had broke off the route or turned the other way. When they all get on the same page, those throws would be touchdowns.
So while the offense might not have started off so fast Thursday, the defense made sure it did not matter. Columbia River has won with back-to-back shutouts to start the season.
Columbia River ruled field position all night, the defense setting up the offense. Columbia River scored on drives that started on the Mark Morris 23-yard line, 34-yard line, 25-yard line, 37-yard line, and at the 50.
Odd plays, odd bounces: Columbia River’s Nathan Hawthorne created the first turnover of the game with a hustle play.
Mark Morris threw a backward pass and the Monarchs stopped going after the ball, thinking it was an incomplete pass. Hawthorne ran past a Monarch and jumped on the ball before it rolled out of bounds. River ball.
Five plays later, Hawthorne scored a touchdown on a 4-yard pass from Evenson.
Columbia River also recovered the ball on the second-half kickoff. The Chieftains kicked off. It wasn’t an onside kick, but it worked just the same. The Monarchs allowed the ball to bounce on the grass, and it seemed like no one but the Chieftains reacted. Easy recovery. Five plays later, Vincent Daniels scored on an 11-yard run for a 21-0 lead. Ball game.
HOCKINSON 41, PRAIRIE 0
(These notes provided by Rene Ferran. Thanks for sending them in so quick, Rene.)
The man of Steele returns: Rick Steele hated giving up the title of being the only head football coach the Hockinson program had ever known.
But after nine seasons, Steele got a promotion at his job and moved to a day shift, making it difficult for him to make it to practice on time.
Brian Schott took the reins over last season, but when the job opened again, Hockinson AD Brian Lehner called Steele to ask if he was interested in coming back.
Was he ever.
“It worked out good for me,” said Steele, who returned to shift work and the sidelines in one fell swoop.
Through two weeks, things have worked out a little better than good. The Hawks are 2-0, having outscored opponents 69-3, and they may have discovered their successor to departed starter Jess Krahn, now playing quarterback at Montana State Northern, in Friday’s rout of the Falcons.
“Having Coach Steele back has definitely brought back the fire,” said senior Austen Johnson, who ran for 117 yards and a touchdown Friday. “I couldn’t ask for a better mentor. I’m so glad to have him back.”
One reason is a change in philosophy this year after relying heavily on Krahn’s right arm the past two years.
This season, the Hawks’ theme song comes straight from Olivia Newton-John.
“We looked at the kids coming back on the offensive line, and the running backs we had, and it just made sense to run the football more,” Steele said.
After amassing 331 yards on 48 carries against the Falcons – a 6.9-yard average – Johnson was all smiles.
“All we do at practice is work on our running plays. Hard, hard, hard running all day,” he said.
That may change a little on Monday. Steele had an open competition between junior Gage Seekins and sophomore Mitch Lines to replace Krahn this fall, and Seekins got the start in Week 1 vs. La Center.
Lines started Friday’s game, and he looked poised in directing the offense to almost 500 yards and 23 first downs. Lines’ final line – 11 of 14 for 161 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
“The kid just did a great job,” Steele said.
So did he earn the start for next Friday’s game at Castle Rock? Steele chuckled.
“Well, obviously I’ve got to look at the film,” he said. “But he’s looking pretty good.”
Prairie’s point of view: On the other sideline, ninth-year Prairie coach Terry Hyde could only tip his cap to a Hockinson team that held his team to 64 yards and two first downs.
“It’s not that we didn’t make plays. They just made (more) plays,” Hyde said. “You cough the ball up two times early in the game to a good football team, that sets the tone.”
Hyde preached patience with his young squad before the season, and after being shut out by Heritage and Hockinson in the first two weeks, the Falcons now jump into the fire of 3A Greater St. Helens League play next week when they travel to Kelso.
“All these games are good to get things figured out, for developing another piece of the game, for growing,” he said. “But when you get to the first league game, everything else doesn’t matter at that point.”
This and that: Hockinson easily won the time-of-possession battle, holding the ball for 29 minutes, 19 seconds. … The Hawks were 7-of-10 on third-down conversions. … All those plays allowed some Prairie defenders to rack up big numbers. Linebacker Justin Pena had a game-high 11 tackles, while William Prestwich added six and Reuvim Ponomarenko had five.
That’s it for now. (It’s 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning.) Again, there might be more notes added to this later, or perhaps a different report gets published on the blog.
But me, I’m outta here. Got a flight to paradise in a few hours.
Raider for Life.
Silver and Black Forever.
So any tips, match highlights, photos … feel free to send them along to firstname.lastname@example.org.
First stop for me this season was at Prairie on Wednesday to see the Falcons and Camas. The goal each week is to regularly visit an area tennis match to collect images of the season and provide some color to the blog, and perhaps print products. (Tip: Click on the photos to make them BIGGER.)
Jon Ho won this match vs. Erik Saylor, but Saylor made it a battle coming back to force a second set tiebreaker. The match lasted about 1 hour, 20 minutes before Ho prevailed 6-0, 7-6 (6).
No. 2 singles went into a third set between Prairie’s Seth Tripp and Camas’ JJ Jung. They were the last varsity match in action at 5 p.m. Wednesday, and Tripp went on to win 2-6, 7-5, 6-2.
Camas won the team match 5-1.
For the complete match results, please refer to our high school scoreboard for Sept. 11, 2014.
Tennis is a popular as ever among the Clark County schools. Camas coach Jonathan Burton said he has 60 boys out this fall. Prairie coach Chris Linquist said she has 35 players on her team this fall. Word is, most bigger schools have in excess of 30 players on their teams.
This was the first week of competition for boys tennis teams. Of matches reported on Monday, Columbia River defeated Hudson’s Bay 4-2; Prairie defeated R.A. Long 4-2; and Mark Morris defeated Fort Vancouver 6-0.
Matches reported Wednesday (aside from Camas-Prairie as previously discussed) also included Union 5, Columbia River 1, and Skyview 6, Hudson’s Bay 0.
Once more results begin to roll in, look to this blog for team standings and individual statistics.
The Mountain View Jamboree is Thursday, Sept. 11 and will be played on Camas’ eight courts. Mountain View coach Mat Clark said the WIAA allows for a tiny window for “jamborees”, and this is it. Mountain View, Skyview, Camas and Prairie are participating.
“It is a great preseason event that doesn’t count and really is not advertised, but proves to be a good season kick-off nonetheless,” Clark said in an email.
The event begins at 3:30 p.m. … and again … Mountain View is host but matches are at CAMAS!
Skyview’s three-time WIAA state girls singles champion Sammi Hampton played in the qualifying tournament for the USTA Pro Circuit $25,000 Challenger at Redding, Calif., this week. Hampton, competing as an amateur, needed two wins to get into the main draw. She won her first match over Sabastiani Leon of Mexico 4-6, 6-4, 7-5. However, Hampton was then eliminated by Karla Popovic of Croatia 6-1, 7-6 (5).
In rankings released on Sept. 10, Hampton remains the No. 1 player in the USTA Pacific Northwest Section for girls 18s. Jen Lewis of Camas, WIAA state doubles champion, is ranked No. 6.
Again, please email any tennis highlights, photos or comments to email@example.com. I’ll make an effort to get them in. The more to work with, the better.
For a few years now, The Columbian has been making weekly picks on high school football games.
And for years, many people figured that Columbian preps reporter Paul Valencia was behind those picks.
It makes sense. He is the preps reporter. There shouldn’t be anyone better equipped to make the picks for The Columbian.
But Paul Valencia doesn’t make the picks. Never has. So, please, don’t give him a hard time if we don’t pick your team to win.
Many people think that because I write the weekly blog post, I make the picks. But I’m only responsible for the stats, facts and details. I’ll admit I even took credit for the better than 80 percent accuracy of these picks through the years.
But it’s not me.
And now, after years shrouded in secrecy, I am ready to reveal who is responsible for these picks.
It’s the Prep Proletariat.
He stepped out of into the spotlight last week. After years lurking in the shadows, the Prep Proletariat announced himself last weekend on Twitter. “Let the revolution begin!!”
You can follow him @PrepProletariat.
His Twitter description reads “Working-class prep football prognosticator for The Columbian; antithesis of the Score Czar and his bourgeois computer.”
The Score Czar is, of course, the Vancouver-based prep football (and other sports) ranker and prognosticator, who uses computer rankings to make predictions. His Twitter description says “Scary Accurate Computer Rankings.”
So now it’s on. Battle lines drawn.
The establishment Score Czar vs. the subversive Prep Proletariat.
Oh, and by the way, the Prep Proletariat went 11-3 last week.
COLUMBIA RIVER (1-0) vs. MARK MORRIS (0-1)
When, where: 7 p.m., Memorial Stadium, Longview
Internet radio: KLOG
Last week: Columbia River beat R.A. Long 32-0; Mark Morris lost to Kelso 35-6
About Columbia River: The Chieftains dominated R.A. Long, a 2A GSHL rival of Mark Morris, in all facets. And they did it without a standout performance. QB Gabe Evenson was efficient, passing for 147 yards. Two RBs ran for at least 40 yards. And three receivers caught four passes each. Oh yeah, and the defense was dominant.
About Mark Morris: The Monarchs got worked over up front against Kelso. Mark Morris played three different quarterbacks, but only managed 76 yards through the air — most of that came late. The Monarchs had eight new starters on each side of the ball.
Prep Proletariat says: To say the least, the Prep Proletariat never thought much of monarchs. But these Monarchs at Mark Morris face a pretty sharp learning curve early in the season. Look for the Chieftains to hand out another lesson.
Prediction: Columbia River 38-13
HUDSON’S BAY (1-0) vs. HERITAGE (1-0)
When, where: 5 p.m., McKenzie Stadium
Internet radio: elisportsnetwork.com
Last week: Hudson’s Bay beat Fort Vancouver 20-19; Heritage beat Prairie 24-0
About Hudson’s Bay: Bay’s offense last week was Jeremy Matheny passing to Anthony Sanchez. Half of Matheny’s completions (7) went to Sanchez for most (136) of his yards. The Eagles rushed for 31 yards total. Things figure to get much tougher against a Heritage team coming off a shutout.
About Heritage: Kalani Umiamaka outgained Prairie by himself last week with 155 yards and scored all three Heritage TDs. He had a 77-yard TD run on which he actually covered more than 100 yards eluding would-be tacklers. The defense limited Prairie to 144 total yards.
Prep Proletariat says: One of these struggling programs will be 2-0 after this week. Bay hasn’t been 2-0 since 2001, when the Eagles finished the regular season 8-1. Heritage hasn’t been 2-0 since 2000 when the Timberwolves had a 9-0 regular season. Since the Prep Proletariat whiffed on both teams last week, I need to get this one right.
Prediction: Heritage 31-13
HOCKINSON (1-0) vs. PRAIRIE (0-1)
Last week: Hockinson beat La Center 28-3; Prairie lost to Heritage 24-0
When, where: 7 p.m., District Stadium, Battle Ground HS
About Hockinson: The Hawks used their speed and size to run all over La Center. Tommy Harshaw ran for 147 yards, and Austen Johnson added 128. The passing game only produced 20 yards, but the Hawks only attempted four passes. They’ll likely need a more balanced attack against Prairie. The defense limited La Center to three points, but did allow the Wildcats to move the ball.
About Prairie: Prairie struggled to move the ball against Heritage, with QB Denzel Hamiel trying to do all he could. He was involved — either passing or running — in 35 of Prairie’s 46 plays. The defense allowed 150 yards rushing by Heritage’s Kalani Umiamaka. So stopping the Hawks on the ground will be a concern.
Prep Proletariat says: Prairie routed Hockinson in their previous two meetings (2010 and 2011). But those were more potent Prairie teams. This Prairie team has some work to do.
Prediction: Hockinson 24-20
WOODINVILLE (0-1) vs. SKYVIEW (1-0)
When, where: 7 p.m., Kiggins Bowl
Last week: Woodinville lost to Mount Si 21-0; Skyview beat Walla Walla 17-7
About Woodinville: Woodinville, coming off a 5-4 season, was picked by coaches to of finish sixth in the nine-team 4A KingCo. The Falcons were shut out in their opener.
About Skyview: The defense carried the day in Walla Walla for the Storm, who forced three turnovers. One of those turnovers was an interception returned 35 yards by Andrae Jordan for a touchdown. Josh Emmy led the rushinggame with 99 yards and a TD. QB Zac Shomler admitted he’s had better days, passing for 119 yards.
Prep Proletariat says: You got a strong defense coming off nice performance facing an offense that was shut out. Not a good combination for Woodinville.
Prediction: Skyview 24-7
UNION (1-0) vs. CURTIS (0-1)
When, where: 7 p.m., Vikng Stadium, Curtis HS, University Place
Last week: Union beat Federal Way 34-27; Curtis lost to Kentwood 43-0
About Union: Big plays stung the Titans early against Federal Way. But then Union wore down the Eagles in the second half for a solid road win. Alex Berfanger credit his offensive line for his 126 rushing yards. Caleb Browning’s 74 yards and Jack Bauer’s 71 yards are further evidence.
About Curtis: The Vikings were a ranked team that got stunned in the playoffs last season by Skyview. But the Vikings got plain run over by Kentwood last week, giving up 328 yards on the ground. To make matters worse, Curtis threw three interceptions, lost a fumble and gave up a safety.
Prep Proletariat says: Curtis has a long history of football success, but the only thing that will slow Union down is the scheduled road construction on I-5.
Prediction: Union 38-13
FEDERAL WAY (0-1) vs. CAMAS (1-0)
When, where: 7:30 p.m., Doc Harris Stadium, Camas
Last week: Federal Way lost to Union 34-27; Camas beat Chiawana 16-14
About Federal Way: As goes Chico McClatcher, so go the Eagles. At least, that’s the way it seemed last week against Union. McClatcher had a 54-yard TD run, a 25-yard TD reception and he picked up a block field goal attempt and raced 99 yards for another score. But the Eagles wore down in the second half.
About Camas: The Papermakers earned an emotional win over Chiawana last week. QB Liam Fitzgerald passed for 250 yards, WR James Price caught 8 passes for 132, and Cole Zarcone led the ground game with 82 yards. The Camas defense played a bend-but-don’t-break game, giving up 227 yards to Chiawana RB Austin Urlacher. Federal Way brings a different challenge for the Camas defense.
Prep Proletariat says: As emotional as last week’s game was, this one may be just as big for Camas. They can’t lose at home to a team rival Union beat on the road. And a history lesson: the last time Federal Way came to Doc Harris Stadium (the 2012 playoffs), Camas won 65-32.
Prediction: Camas 28-24
BATTLE GROUND (0-1) vs. SPANAWAY LAKE (1-0)
When, where: 7 p.m., Art Crate Stadium, Bethel HS, Spanaway
Last week: Battle Ground lost to Kent-Meridian 43-28; Spanaway Lake beat Decatur 56-42
About Battle Ground: It was a familiar tune for the Tigers: Lots of yards and points on offense, but was undone by lots of big plays and mistakes. Kent-Meridian’s second-half points came on a 51-yard pass, 45-yard interception return and 55-yard fumble return. If the Tigers can clean that up, it wil give their passing game led by Gunnar Talkington (283 yards) a chance. BG could also use an improved ground game.
About Spanaway Lake: Spanaway Lake is coming off a 2-8 season and projected to finish fifth in six-team South Puget Sound League South Division. Battle Ground will face a different team in the Sentinels. Where the Tigers like to throw the ball, Spanaway Lake likes to ground it out behind an experienced offensive line. While the Sentinels are coming off a win, Decatur is a young team with a new coach, coming off a 1-9 season.
Prep Proletariat says: The Prep Proletariat picked the Tigers last week, and they lost. We’re doing it again this week. Don’t let me know again.
Prediction: Battle Ground 39-27
FORT VANCOUVER (0-1) vs. THE DALLES (0-1)
When, where: 7 p.m., The Dalles (Ore.) HS
Internet radio: KODL 99.1 FM/1440 AM
Last week: Fort Vancouver lost to Hudson’s Bay 20-19; The Dalles lost to Molalla (Ore.) 50-0
About Fort Vancouver: There were positives to take from Fort’s loss last week. QB Jordan Suell passed for 202 yards. RB Mitchell Cooper averaged 5.1 yards a carry. And the Trappers held the lead late. Missed PAT conversions hurt Fort, as did six fumbles (although they lost only one).
About The Dalles: The Riverhawks return a very young team from one that went 5-5 last season. And it showed in the opener. The Riverhawks managed only three first downs and their stars of the game were a sophomore defensive back and a freshman defensive lineman.
Prep Proletariat says: Trappers haven’t won a game away from Kiggins Bowl since 2010 or a game outside of Clark County since 2006. But the Prep Proletariat loves the color red.
Prediction: Fort Vancouver 19-12
KALAMA (0-1) vs. RIDGEFIELD (1-0)
When, where: 7 p.m., Ridgefield High School
Last week: Kalama lost to Woodland 50-0; Ridgefield beat Castle Rock 34-6
About Kalama: Kalama opened the season shorthanded with 16 players unable to take the field against Woodland. Coach Eric Boswell expects most to be ready for Ridgefield, including QB Isaac Truesdell. His replacement completed more pass to Woodland (3) than to Kalama (1) players.
About Ridgefield: The Spudders snapped an 11-game game losing streak in a big way. QB Jonah Roberts threw TD passes to Noah Couch and David Causey. Nathan Eggleston and Cody Duncan ran for TDs.
Prep Proletariat says: Kalama beat Ridgefield 39-8 in Week 2 last season. But these are two different teams in 2014.
Prediction: Ridgefield 27-17
WHITE SALMON (0-1) vs. WASHOUGAL (1-0)
When, where: 7 p.m., Fishbeck Stadium, Washougal HS
Last week: White salmon lost to Goldendale 22-19; Washougal beat Stevenson 18-6
About White Salmon: The Bruins lost to Goldendale last week, and that’s all we know about them.
About Washougal: The Panthers won the return game of coach Dave Hajek with defense. RB Tristin Roseff was the leading rusher with 47 yards and two TDs.
Prep Proletariat says: While we applaud White Salmon’s drive for automony and isolation, the Bruins won’t be able to block out the Panthers.
Prediction: Washougal 21-13
WOODLAND (1-0) vs. LA CENTER (0-1)
When, where: 7 p.m., La Center High School
Last week: Woodland beat Kalama 50-0; La Center lost to Hockinson 28-3
About Woodland: The Beavers came to camp looking to replace a senior all-league QB. And they may have an all-leaguer in freshman Wyatt Harsh. Harsh passed for 211 yards and two TDs. And, of course, they had RB Eli Whitmire, who rushed for 128 yards and three TDs and starred on defense.
About La Center: The Wildcats produced yards against Hockinson, but not many points. QB Wyatt Aguirre passed for 62 yards and rushed for 87. RB Brett Judd also ran for 87 yards. La Center will be breaking in their new on-campus footbal stadium.
Prep Proletariat says: These two teams played for the Trico League title the past two years, each won by the Wildcats. Now, non-league rivals, it may be the Beavers’ turn.
Prediction: Woodland 27-24
HOQUIAM (0-1) vs. STEVENSON (0-1)
When, where: 7 p.m., Stevenson HS
Last week: Hoquiam lost to Meridian 14-7; Stevenson lost to Washougal 18-6
About Hoquiam: The Grizzlies suffered a tough-luck loss against a solid Meridian team. Hoquiam outgained Meridian 265-165, but fizzled in the red zone.
About Stevenson: The Bulldogs also struggled to get into the end zone last week. Josh Miller had a 23-yard TD run, and he caught 6 passes for 55 yards. QB Colton Van Pelt passed for 79 yards.
Prep Proletariat says: Hoquiam missed opportunities last week. The Grizzlies don’t figure to do that two weeks in a row.
Prediction: Hoquiam 28-12
JUANITA (1-0) vs. MOUNTAIN VIEW (0-1)
When, where: 8 p.m., McKenzie Stadium
Internet radio: elisportsnetwork.com
Last week: Juanita beat Inglemoor 44-6; Mountain View lost to Auburn 31-21
About Juanita: QB Tavin Montgomery was very efficient, going 16 for 18 for 248 yards last week. He also ran for 48 yards. RB Austin Cole ran for 91 yards and two TDs. Seven Rebels caught passes, led by sophomore Salvon Ahmed with six catches for 62 yards and a TD. Juanita went 8-3 last year.
About Mountain view: The Thunder didn’t look like the Thunder last week. The normally ground-oriented team took to the air with QB Lex Reese passing for 315 yards. The Thunder get 1,000-yard rusher Preston Jones back in Week 2, which will give them a more balanced attack.
Prep Proletariat says: The Thunder throwing the ball? This is something I have to see. Although I’m sure the Thunder would like to see Jones run the ball. Should be a good game.
Prediction: Mountain View 24-21
EVERGREEN (1-0) vs. TODD BEAMER (0-1)
When, where: 6 p.m., Federal Way Memorial Stadium
Internet radio: elisportsnetwork.com
Last week: Evergreen beat Eisenhower 56-7; Todd Beamer lost to Rogers-Puyallup 28-21
About Evergreen: The Plainsmen piled up 56 points against Eisenhower with a sloppy, sup-par performance without out their best player — Justice Murphy. Murphy will be back this week to add another weapon to the Evergreen arsenal.
About Todd Beamer: Beamer hung tough with Rogers despite giving up 302 yards passing and losing the leading rusher in the South Puget Sound League to a knee injury. Beamer, a team that went 3-6 last season, has its strength up front.
Prep Proletariat says: Evergreen was pretty impressive last week despite not firing on all cylinders. If the Plainsmen play better against Beamer, it won’t be good news for the Titans.
Prediction: Evergreen 31-14
BLANCHET CATHOLIC (1-0) vs. SETON CATHOLIC (1-0)
When, where: 7 p.m., McKenzie Stadium
Last week: Blanchet beat Rainier (Ore.) 29-12; Seton Catholic beat King’s Way Christian 26-18
About Blanchet: Nicolas Orlandini rushed for two second-half touchdowns to rally Cavaliers from Salem, Ore., past Rainier (Ore.). Trent Gianella rushed for 80 yards and a TD and had 13 tackles. Blanchet went 8-4 last season and reached the oSAA 3A quarterfinals.
About Seton Catholic: Seton also rallied to win. The Cougars were down 18-7 to King’s Way Christian.
Prep Proletariat says: We like both teams ability to rallied up from adversity last week. We’re just more impressed with Blanchet. Which also happens to be the name of our favorite actress.
Prediction: Blanchet Catholic 27-14
Other games, Friday
White Salmon JV at King’s Way Christian (0-1), 6 p.m.
Kelso (1-0) at R.A. Long (0-1), 7 p.m.
Castle Rock (0-1) at Tenino (1-0), 7 p.m.]]>
1. Bothell (14) 1-0 146
2. Skyline (1) 1-0 120
3. Camas 1-0 115
4. Union 1-0 103
5. Graham-Kapowsin 1-0 79
(tie) Gonzaga Prep 1-0 79
7. Chiawana 0-1 68
8. Federal Way 0-1 50
9. Lake Stevens 1-0 40
10. Olympia 1-0 8
Others receiving 6 or more points: None.
1. Bellevue (14) 1-0 140
2. O’Dea 1-0 116
3. Marysville-Pilchuck 1-0 104
4. Shadle Park 1-0 91
5. Eastside Catholic 0-1 87
6. Lakes 1-0 68
7. Mt. Spokane 1-0 55
8. Columbia River 1-0 37
9. Glacier Peak 1-0 29
10. Lincoln 1-0 12
Others receiving 6 or more points: 11, Peninsula 9. 11, Oak Harbor 9
1. Lynden (15) 1-0 150
2. Tumwater 1-0 133
3. Ellensburg 1-0 117
4. Prosser 1-0 110
5. Lindbergh 1-0 63
6. Othello 1-0 59
7. W. F. West 1-0 56
8. Hockinson 1-0 55
9. Liberty (Renton) 1-0 41
10. East Valley (Spokane) 1-0 9
Others receiving 6 or more points: 11, Sedro-Woolley 7. 11, Mark Morris 7.
1. Freeman (13) 1-0 130
2. Cascade Christian 1-0 117
3. Royal 1-0 104
4. Tenino 1-0 73
5. King’s 0-1 64
6. La Center 0-1 54
7. Zillah 1-0 34
8. Meridian 1-0 28
(tie) Montesano 0-1 28
10. Connell 0-1 19
Others receiving 6 or more points: 11, Mount Baker 14. 12, Lynden Christian 13. 13, Cashmere 9. 14, Eatonville 8.
1. Lind-Ritzville Sprague (8) 1-0 121
2. Napavine (3) 1-0 111
3. Colfax 1-0 82
(tie) Waitsburg-Prescott (1) 1-0 82
5. Toledo 1-0 71
6. Adna 1-0 64
7. Raymond 1-0 41
8. Reardan 1-0 33
9. White Swan 1-0 14
(tie) Morton White Pass 0-1 14
Others receiving 6 or more points: 11, North Beach 13.
1. Neah Bay (9) 1-0 107
2. Touchet 1-0 95
3. Liberty Christian (2) 1-0 89
4. Lummi 0-1 68
5. Colton 1-0 51
Others receiving 6 or more points: 11, Cusick 12.
He plans on playing football and wrestle for the Plainsmen. In fact, he might play in Saturday’s football game against Todd Beamer of Federal Way.
Goodpaster, now a junior, left Prairie for a prep school in New Jersey. He said he had practiced with the team in New Jersey, but after an illness, he decided to return to Southwest Washington. His family has since moved into the Evergreen boundary, and Goodpaster enrolled at Evergreen.
School officials say that Goodpaster has met eligibility requirements, and his practice time in New Jersey counts in Washington so he has the required number of practices to participate in a football game.
While at Prairie, Goodpaster finished third in the Class 3A state championships last winter at 220 pounds. He placed fifth in state as a freshman.
In football, Goodpaster rushed for 173 yards in a win over Class 4A Skyview to open the 2013 season. He also is a strong defensive player.]]>
All state rankings are for Class 4A, 3A and 2A, and the football rankings included Union, Camas, Hockinson.
At 4A, Union moved up two slots to No. 3 after bumping off previously-No. 2 Federal Way. Camas moved up two spots to No. 5 after beating previously-No. 3 Chiawana.
In 2A, Hockinson held firm at No. 5 after beat La Center.
In girls soccer, the first 4A rankings has Union at No. 8 and Camas at No. 9. Columbia River is No. 7 in 3A. At 2A, Hockinson is No. 7 and Ridgefield No. 10.
In volleyball, Battle Ground is third in 4A, followed by Camas at No. 4. Columbia River is No. 3 in 3A. At 2A, Ridgefield is No. 7 and R.A. Long is No. 10.
For more, see the Seattle Times]]>
I got to cover Camas vs. Chiawana on Friday in one of the greatest football atmospheres — pro, college, or high school — in the Northwest at Doc Harris Stadium. Then, on Saturday, I got to cover Union vs. Federal way.
There are several Class 4A state rankings out there, but in just about all of them, you’ll find that these four teams are somewhere in the top six going into the season.
Not only were the matchups fantastic on paper, they turned into dramatic, down-to-the-wire games.
To read more about Camas’ 16-14 win over Chiawana, read the game story and the first of my two Day After Reports for Week 1.
The rest of this edition will focus on Union, some more notes from the Hudson’s Bay-Fort Vancouver game, and a correction.
UNION 34, FEDERAL WAY 27
The Titans couldn’t get much going in the first half, and then they barely could be stopped in the second half. A tremendous adjustment at halftime led Union to the victory in Gary McGarvie’s first game as head coach.
Federal Way’s No. 5 is alive:
But before talking about Union, let’s give Camas a preview of a guy they might want to pay attention to in Week 2. Federal Way is coming to Camas on Friday night, and fans might want to get a good look at No. 5, Chico McClatcher.
He was a one-man fantasy football team, scoring on offense, special teams, and also getting an interception on defense.
He gave Federal Way a 14-7 lead on a 54-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter. Four minutes later, he was alone in the end zone to haul in a 25-yard touchdown pass from quarterback D’Jimon Jones. McClatcher set up that TD drive with an interception while playing defensive back.
In the third quarter, Federal Way blocked a field goal and McClatcher scooped the ball up at the 1-yard line, took advantage of one amazing block, and went 99 yards the other way in Usain Bolt-like style.
He had 94 yards rushing in the first half, but then he only touched the ball two times on offense in the second half. One was a rush for -4 yards and the other he threw an incomplete pass on a pass-run option play.
A few players suffered through leg cramps throughout the hot night in Federal Way. Not sure if that’s what happened to McClatcher. Or perhaps Federal Way coaches figured the Union defense was keying on him the rest of the night. There could be plenty of other reasons, too.
Regardless, his performance was fun to watch.
Who is that big guy running so fast?
Union wide receiver Tyler Dionne caught a pass from quarterback Nolan Henry and took off toward the end zone. He made it for a 61-yard score that tied the game at 7 late in the first quarter.
Dionne has a combination of size and speed. He looks like a tight end at 6-4, 241 pounds, but the wheels to take one to the house from 61 yards. He will likely be a great target on any third-and-5 play. Throw the ball high, and let Dionne “post-up” his man and go get the ball. Then, he is strong and fast enough to perhaps break the short gain for a long one.
(This has been updated: Was told Dionne is 241 pounds. He was 215 pounds last year. Better get that roster updated now Titans!)
He can run, too:
Everyone knows Union quarterback Nolan Henry can throw the ball. Now, it looks like he might be used as a run option, as well. He gained 31 yards. (By the way, this is a correction. My boxscore in the paper said 71 yards! Whoops. Jack Bauer did have 10 carries for 71 yards, and I must have just thrown in those numbers for Henry’s stats, too. I’m guessing Nolan didn’t mind!)
Wait? Jack who?
Jack Bauer had 71 yards rushing on 10 carries. You heard that right.
This is Jack Bauer of Union. Not to be confused with Jack Bauer, the guy who saves the world 24 hours at a time while never going to the bathroom.
It was hard to tell the difference, though. The Union Jack Bauer did come to the rescue a few times. He scored two rushing touchdowns and provided a change-of-pace running style. He also intercepted a pass to end Federal Way’s final drive of the game.
Oh, and don’t think we didn’t notice that Union’s Jack Bauer wears No. 24.
Halftime and final stats AND corrected stats:
The Federal Way guys in the trenches dominated the first half. Then the big guys from Union ruled the second half. Want proof? Check these numbers out:
Federal Way gained 276 yards on 33 plays in the first half. Federal Way gained 10 yards on just 15 second-half plays.
Union, meanwhile, had 126 yards on 23 plays in the first half. Union gained 325 yards on 43 second-half plays.
By the way, as any long-time readers know, I am a stickler for my stats. On deadline, errors happen, such as the one I already noted with Henry. Drives me nuts when I’m off, even by a yard. That is why I look at my play-by-play again the next day. Sure enough, I messed up on the game story regarding team yards. I will fix it online.
I take notes of every play, and then I chart each play. If I make a mistake on the chart, say, in the third quarter, then the running totals will be off for the rest of the night. When I feel I’ve made an error, though, I have my play-by-play to turn to. So on Sunday night, I re-charted the Union game.
The boxscore on this game report (and the numbers used in the story) have now been updated.
As noted in my game story, there was a lot of finger-pointing going on with the Titans in the first half. Coaches made adjustments with the strategy, but just as important, the players had an attitude adjustment.
“We got rid of that in the second half, and it showed,” running back Alex Berfanger said, referring to the negativity in the first half. “Football is a team sport. If you don’t think like that, you’ll lose.”
HUDSON’S BAY 20, FORT VANCOUVER 19
Hudson’s Bay’s defense came through with several big plays Friday night as the Eagles won the Peace Pipe trophy for the 25th time in the series history.
Bay sacked Fort quarterback Jordan Suell four times, knocked away three passes, and forced a fumble with 4 1/2 minutes left that thwarted a potential scoring drive.
“Our philosophy was bend but don’t break,” said Andy Meyer, who credited fellow first-year co-head coach Rick Skinner with developing the defensive game plan that held the Trappers to 255 yards and 12 first downs. “We came out tonight and did what we needed to do.”
Still, the game came down to one final play after a roughing-the-passer penalty gave Fort a first down at its 43-yard line with 2.9 seconds left.
“Anything was possible at that minute,” Meyer said after Tristan Maxwell had knocked away the last-gasp pass. “But I was at peace with that. Either way, the kids had played hard, and they never gave up the whole game.”
Fort shows promise:
Fort coach Cal Szueber’s second stint as head coach, returning after three seasons at Portland Christian, may have ended in defeat, but there were some bright spots to build upon.
Suell showed good chemistry with his big outside receivers, hitting 6-foot-5 senior David Bishop on several jump-ball passes — including a touchdown on the first play of the second quarter — and finding 6-foot Jorge Regalado on a 70-yard pass that set up the first of Mitchell Cooper’s two touchdown runs.
“Jordan just needs to develop confidence,” Szueber said. “He’s been throwing under pressure for a while. He’s just going to get better this season.”
Cooper also showed he’ll be a force on both sides of the ball, running for a game-high 51 yards on 10 carries while also making nine tackles, 4 1/2 for loss, including a pair of sacks.
“Mitchell played pretty hard tonight,” Szueber said. “He gave everything he’s got out there. He just needs to play with less emotion at times, and he’ll be a great ballplayer for us.”
This and that:
The Trappers played without 6-7, 235-pound senior Will Doty, who was injured in last week’s jamboree. Szueber said Doty should be back for next week’s road game at The Dalles. … Jeremiah Davis added eight tackles for Fort at linebacker, while junior tackle Duncan Crawford had 2 1/2 tackles for loss. … Bay senior Anthony Sanchez not only caught seven passes for 136 yards and two TDs, but he also shared team-high honors with six tackles, along with Caleb Grahnert and Stone Sabourin. … The Eagles last won a season opener in 2007. They haven’t won two games in a season since 2010, and they’ll go for their first winning streak since Sept. 22-29, 2006, next Friday when they play Heritage.
Skyview correction: I’ve been told that Skyview’s Blake Ingram had one of the team’s two interceptions Friday night in Walla Walla. If our freelance reporter did miss this one, it was an honest mistake.
I promise we journalists never want to be wrong. Sometimes the jersey numbers are hard to read from the press box. Sometimes we see the wrong name on the roster. These things happen, especially on a tough deadline.
Appreciate the help from the Storm to give credit where credit is due.
That’s it for Week 1. Thanks to Rene Ferran for the Bay-Fort notes.