Week 7 football preview: Union vs. Battle Ground

When, where: 7 p.m. Thursday at District Stadium, Battle Ground (Class 4A Greater St. Helens League game)

Last meeting: Union won 56-3 on Oct. 15, 2010 in Vancouver.

Last week: Union defeated Heritage 41-10; Battle Ground lost 76-0 to Skyview.

Union (5-1, 1-0): Union has won five in a row, averaging 41 points in each game. … Union has won both meetings with Battle Ground by an average score of 58-7. … The Titans’ running game got a little stronger with the return of Brandon Brody-Heim from knee surgery. Brody-Heim rushed for 113 yards on 16 carries and two TDs. … Gabe Rego rushed for 96 yards on 7 carries and two TDs against Heritage.

Battle Ground (4-2, 1-1): The Tigers need to regroup from last week’s 76-0 loss to Skyview. … In the first five weeks, the Tigers surrendered 69 points to opponents combined. … The Tigers must not let back-to-back tough opponents derail what had been a successful season. Battle Ground faces Heritage next week for what likely will be for a playoff berth.

Bottom line: There’s a clear split in the league between Skyview and Union and the rest of the league.

Columbian’s pick: Union.

Fans’ pick: Union (87 percent)

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