Day After Report: Week 6
Well, we did not learn a whole bunch from Week 6 in Southwest Washington high school football.
Camas is still undefeated.
Union and Skyview remain on a collision course.
Oh, and La Center can still run the ball.
We also already knew from last year that Columbia River always seems to find a way to win in October. The Chieftains did again Friday night.
And we did find out that Ridgefield has a lot of heart, bouncing back from consecutive losses to get back in the playoff race in the Trico League.
But this week was not exactly thrilling for most of the fans. There was one close league game in the 3A GSHL. There was one close non-league game between the bigger leagues. But everywhere else on the scoreboard was domination by one team over another.
Coverage note: Determining where to send our reporters each Friday is not easy. Nor is it easy to pick the showcase game, the one with the main photo on the front page of the Sports section. This week, we went with Union-Heritage as the top game because it was Union’s first game in the 4A GSHL. I covered this game, as well as kept stats for the short write-up at the first game of the doubleheader at McKenzie Stadium.
We had two other available reporters and decided to go to two Class 3A GSHL games. Unfortunately, there were three 3A GSHL games Friday, so we had to choose. Well, we went with Columbia River vs. Prairie because the winner would still be in the playoff race. And we went with Mountain View vs. Fort Vancouver. We had a feeling Mountain View would win, but we figured it would be a closer game than the Camas-Hudson’s Bay game.
Turns out, the only close game of these four games — the 4A GSHL contest and the three 3A GSHL contests — was the River-Prairie game. We were not at Camas’ victory, but we appreciate the fact that their coach called in the stats.
That makes two weeks in a row we were not at the Camas game — two blowouts, by the way. A lot can change between now and next week, but the plan for now is to be at the Camas game next week. Even though the Papermakers are playing a non-league game, they are the only 6-0 team in the region. We don’t want to go three weeks without being there. Of course, if the Papermakers keep playing this well, we might be covering them deep into November or beyond.
Tentatively, the plan is for the feature game in Week 7 to be Kelso vs. Mountain View. Kelso is trying to get to 4-0 in league play and get in position to try to knock off Camas. Mountain View needs the win to have the inside shot at second place in the league.
Union 56, Heritage 14
Stat guy: Those of you who have been reading me for years know I am a stickler for the stats. Last night, I was nine yards off from my play-by-play to my yards chart. It drove me nuts all night because, you know, I’m a stickler.
Turns out, it was a simple math error on my part. (I’m blaming the doubleheader on that.) But I found this math error by re-charting every play. (I told you I was kind of crazy.) And in doing so, I found another small miscue.
Brandon Brody-Heim, I owe you an apology. I had you down for 136 yards on 25 carries. It actually was 137 yards on 26 carries. At least I got the three touchdowns right!
More yardage stuff: So after re-charting, I came up with 475 yards from scrimmage for the Titans, 338 of it on the ground. Brody-Heim and Zak Browning combined for 277 yards and six rushing touchdowns.
No. 21s were everywhere: Zak Browning wears No. 21 for the Titans and can often be easily seen with the ball in his hands in the end zone. He got four more touchdowns Friday night — the third time this season he has accomplished that feat. This time, he got three rushing TDs and an interception return for a TD.
But he was not the only No. 21 making plays. Michael Quintana of Heritage returned a kickoff 82 yards for Heritage’s first touchdown. And earlier in the game, he stopped a Union drive — and that did not happen much — with a sack of the Union quarterback for a 9-yard loss.
Union’s defense on the clock: The Titans defense shut out their opponents in Weeks 4 and 5 and then did not allow a touchdown to Heritage. The Timberwolves scored on an interception return and a kickoff return. That means the Union defense has not give up a touchdown since Week 3.
According to Brian Levesque of gshlfootball.com, the Titans have gone 174 minutes and 27 seconds of football without giving up a touchdown while on defense.
And Union coach Cale Piland said that touchdown given up in Week 3 came after the offense turned the ball over, giving Westview a short field.
Skyview 52, Battle Ground 0
It’s up and it’s gooooooooooood: Not that the Skyview Storm needed Nick Phillips on Thursday night, but they must feel great about having a dependable kicker should they play in close games.
Phillips was solid again in this one, making all nine of his extra points. Battle Ground started on its own 20 after five kickoffs, four of them being touchbacks. And in one of the kicks that Phillips did not get all of, the coverage team pounced on the live ball after the Tigers failed to retrieve the ball.
“It’s a huge goal for me, to get 70 or 80 percent of my kicks to be touchbacks,” Phillips said.
He also got his chance to boot a long field goal. His 40-yarder was right down the middle. It would have been good in Arena Football. It also would have been good from at least 45 yards, maybe longer.
“It felt great to get one,” Phillips said of the long attempt.
Running clock: Skyview took a 49-0 lead with 8:03 left in the third quarter. Any game with a 45-point spread in the second half starts the running clock format. The game clock only stops for a touchdown or injury.
Camas 66, Hudson’s Bay 14
A come-from-behind victory: First off, let’s give credit to Hudson’s Bay. The Eagles came into this game knowing they were overmatched. Yet the Eagles scored two first-half touchdowns and led 14-8 early in the second quarter.
From there, though, it was all Camas. The Papermakers improved to 6-0 overall, 4-0 in the 3A GSHL with the romp. Camas scored 55 last week and 66 this week. Eventually, that trend will have to stop, right? Right? Well, you never know, the way this team is playing.
Addison Owen scored from all angles — with a touchdown catch, an interception return, and a punt return.
Logan Grindy was on his game again, this time completing 15 of 18 passes for 271 yards and three touchdowns.
Zack Marshall rushed for 98 yards and scored three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving).
Next: Camas takes on Heritage in a non-league game in Week 7, then gets back to league with a Week 8 contest against Fort Vancouver and Week 9 matchup with Kelso.
Columbia River 27, Prairie 21
Big turnover: River built a 21-0 lead, but Prairie battled back to tie the game in the fourth quarter. That’s when linebacker Andrew Morgan turned the game around by forcing a fumble that led to the game-winning drive.
Managing to have a strong game: Rugged sophomore running back Remick Kawakaki carried the bulk of the Chieftains’ offense, finishing with 26 carries for 150 yards. But a big part of Prairie’s comeback was its ability to contain Kawawaki. After a strong first half, he rushed 12 times for 35 yards in the final two quarters.
Kawawaki said the Chieftains were temporarily derailed by Prairie’s comeback.
“At first, we were kind of out of breath. Once we saw we could move the ball up the field, we got breath back in our lungs. We get really emotional where we can take emotion out on the other team — controlled emotion.”
Could have been even better: Prairie’s Jesse Zalk had five receptions for 46 yards, but that does not represent his impact on the game. Zalk scored on a 49-yard interception return and a 2-yard run. He also had a 65-yard kickoff returns that was called back because of penalty and a 75-yard punt return for a TD that was nullified, as well.
This pass worked: Columbia River’s third touchdown came on a 17-yard pass from Clayton Frank to Jordan Erdman on a third-and-12 play in the second quarter. It was the Chieftain’s only completion for more than four yards in the game. Frank set up the score with an 18-yard scramble to the Falcons’ 15-yard line.
Strange but true: Undoubtedly, the most unusual play of the game came early in the fourth quarter, leading to Prairie’s tying touchdown. On a third-and-18 play from the River 32, Prairie QB Colin Seitz rolled out of the pocket, looking for a receiver. He ended up throwing toward the goal line. where a receiver was one-on-one with a defensive back.
The defender (sorry, Greg Jayne did not see who it was; hey, there’s no replay in high school games) made a nice play, knocking the ball away. However, Prairie’s Ansel Cecil, not the intended receiver, swooped in to make the catch at the 2-yard line.
Defensive TD: Columbia River’s defensive lineman Tylor Jaskierny opened the scoring with a 27-yard fumble return.
“I saw the scoreboard, and I knew were we adding six points to it,” he said.
Mountain View 56, Fort Vancouver 7
A true team effort: Not one player from Mountain View completely dominated the box score. Oh sure, Sterling Reynolds had three touchdowns, but there were so many other big plays that were spread around among the Thunder.
Jeff Carmody had a touchdown run and set up two more scores with an interception and a long punt return.
Ryan Hansen threw for two touchdown passes and rushed for another. He ended up with 126 yards passing and a team-high 78 yards rushing.
In all, a bunch of Mountain View players combined for 359 yards from scrimmage.
Kelso 21, Evergreen 13
Nice pass plays: Evergreen’s two touchdowns came via the air.
The first was a perfect pass from Anthony Thomas to Atrem Konkin for a 51-yard strike. Konkin was focused on this ball, as the defender was called for pass interference. Not enough interference, though. Konkin caught it, the defender fell down, and Konkin was all alone to waltz into the end zone.
The next TD pass went to Nemo Beavers.
One again, his name was not on the roster. So, yes indeed, I had to go on a search. Just call in Finding Nemo II.
And we all found him in the end zone, after he leaped over a defender and hauled in the pass from Thomas.
Kelso’s defense: The Hilanders got two fourth-quarter touchdowns, but they can thank their defense for keeping them in this game. The Plainsmen were held to two first downs in the second half and did not get any breathing room after leading by a touchdown.
La Center 40, Castle Rock 13
No need to pass: La Center threw a few passes Friday night. It did not matter that none of them connected. The Wildcats rushed for 387 yards in the rout.
Ryan Kulla and Seth Baxter combined for 270 yards.
Chris Mayola scored on a rushing touchdown and a defensive TD when he returned a fumble into the end zone.
Toledo 33, Stevenson 0
Tough way for Stevenson to lose its first game of the season. Toledo, which has been playing solid defense all season, got the shutout to take over sole possession of first place in the Trico League.
Ridgefield 38, Kalama 18
Spudders are back: Ridgefield won its first three games of the year, but then suffered consecutive defeats. Well, now the Spudders are back in the playoff hunt in the Trico League.
Dylan Young was everywhere in the boxscore, with two 100-yard games in the same contest. He had 132 yards rushing, with two touchdowns, and also had 105 yards receiving with a score. (That’s a lot of fantasy points, too!)
There was a third 100-yard game, as well. Fullback Matt Cushwa rushed for 107 yards.
Ridgefield scored 24 points in the second quarter to take command. Matt Newman, who made a 25-yard field goal, also was solid with the punting.
Week 7 schedule:
Evergreen vs. Skyview, 8 p.m. at Kiggins Bowl
Battle Ground vs. Union, 8 p.m. McKenzie Stadium
Prairie vs. Hudson’s Bay, 5 p.m., Kiggins Bowl
Kelso vs. Mountain View, 5 p.m., at McKenzie Stadium
Fort Vancouver at Columbia River, 7 p.m.
R.A. Long at Hockinson, 7 p.m.
Woodland at Washougal, 7 p.m.
Mark Morris at W.F. West, 7 p.m.
La Center at Stevenson, 7 p.m.
Ridgefield at Castle Rock, 7 p.m.
Pe Ell vs. Vancouver Christian, TBD
Washkah Valley at King’s Way Christian, 1 p.m., at WSD Stadium