Week 9 football preview: Hudson’s Bay vs. Fort Vancouver
When, where: 5 p.m. Friday at Kiggins Bowl (3A Greater St. Helens League game). TV: Live on Comcast cable Ch. 29.
Last meeting: Hudson’s Bay 23-22 on Oct. 29, 2010.
HUDSON’S BAY (0-8, 0-4)
Last week: lost to Mountain View 42-0.
Players to watch: RB Richard Carter 97-455, 1 TD; Jahmile Sipaia 73-384, 1 TD.
Notes: The Eagles have not scored since a 21-15 loss to Battle Ground on Sept. 23. … They’ve suffered four consecutive shutouts. … Bay had endured 18 consecutive scoreless quarters. … They’ve been shut out five times total this season. … Bay has a one-dimensional offensive attack, as passing has been a weakness. The Eagles’ season-highs for completions is 6 and for yards is 34. … Bay has completed 22 passes all season. They’ve thrown 13 interceptions.
FORT VANCOUVER (0-8, 0-5)
Last week: lost to Camas 58-6.
Players to watch: QB Jacob Austin 51-136, 579 yards, 1 TD; RB Jordan Vela 36-222, 1 TD; WR Taylor VanHeck 13-207.
Notes: Fort has lost 14 consecutive games dating back to last season. … The Trappers also have had their scoring problems, tallying only 12 points in their last five games (including three shutouts). … Both TDs scored in last five games came in fourth quarter when game was out of hand. … Austin could be key player for Fort, especially if Bay forges early lead.
Bottom line: It’s not every week that you pick a team to win that hasn’t scored in six weeks. But Bay’s ground attack may be enough to possess the ball, not require them to pass, which should minimize turnovers.
Columbian’s pick: Hudson’s Bay.
Fans’ pick: Hudson’s Bay (67 percent).