Week 2 prep football preview, predictions

Jason Bracken, #25, and number 99 (no name on roster) of Prairie High School stop Nate Arriola, #15) of Skyview near the goaline at Kiggins Bowl Friday September 6, 2013 in Vancouver, Washington. (Troy Wayrynen/The Columbian)

Jason Bracken, #25, and number 99 (no name on roster) of Prairie High School stop Nate Arriola, #15) of Skyview near the goaline at Kiggins Bowl Friday September 6, 2013 in Vancouver, Washington. (Troy Wayrynen/The Columbian)

The first week of high school football picks went, well, OK.

I went 9-4 in the 13 Week 1 games. Apologies to Prairie and Columbia River.

All four misses involved four smaller school teams beating four larger school teams: Columbia River (3A) over Heritage (4A), Prairie (3A) over Skyview (4A), R.A. Long (2A) beat Battle Ground (4A) and Rochester (1A) beat Ridgefield (2A).

Week 1 gave us a sample about which teams will have a good season. But we really won’t get a clear picture until after Week 2.

In Week 1, if A beats B, we don’t know if it was because A is really good or if B isn’t so good.

So with that in mind, here are the Week 2 previews




When, where: 5 p.m., McKenzie Stadium

Internet broadcast: www.portlandsportsbeat.com

Last week: Mountain View lost to Union 44-0; Evergreen beat Fort Vancouver 56-20.

Last meeting: Mountain View won 38-21 on Sept. 7, 2012

Stat pack: Mountain View’s Lex Reese was 6-for-12, 46 yards passing; Garret Jones 2 catches, 30 yards; Evergreen’s Justin Straup 12 carries, 140 yards rushing; Rey Green 7 rushes, 179 yards rushing and 3 catches, 48 yards receiving; Kobey Eaton 5-for-8, 65 yards passing.

Game notes: This may be the hardest game to call this week. Both teams had similar Week 1 results last year, and Mountain View rolled to a 38-21 victory over Evergreen. This year’s game may follow a similar path, but we expect a closer game.

The pick: Mountain View 27-21

HERITAGE (0-1) vs. KELSO (0-1)

When, where: 7 p.m., Schroeder Field, Kelso

Internet radio: klog.com

Last week: Heritage lost to Columbia River 33-21; Kelso lost to Mark Morris 40-20

Last meeting: Kelso won 49-46, Sept. 7, 2012

Stat pack: Heritage, Loren Standiford 13-for-25, 154 yards passing; E’Lon Mack 3 catches, 58 yards.

Game notes: Last year, the Timberwolves and Hilanders played a wild, back-and-forth game that wasn’t decided until the final moments. We don’t expect such a wild game (who would?) this time in Kelso. Both teams coming off frustrating losses seek a win to put their season back on track. Kelso fell behind 33-6 to Mark Morris last week.

The pick: Heritage 28-20

CAMAS (1-0) vs. CANBY (1-1)

When, where: 7 p.m. at Canby (Ore.) HS

Last week: Camas beat Jesuit (Ore.) 47-14; Canby beat McNary (Ore.) 42-14

Last meeting: Camas won 31-7 on Sept. 7, 2012

Stat pack: Camas, Nate Beasley 11 carries, 41 yards rushing, 3 catches, 119 yards receiving; Reilly Hennessey 14-of-17, 277 yards passing; Zach Eagle 7 catches, 118 yards receiving; Camas, Dominic Shorter 212 yards rushing in two game.

Game notes: Canby rushed for 452 yards against McNary after being beaten by No. 6 Tigard 38-7 in its opener. … Canby was ranked No. 9 in preseason 6A polls. … Camas undressed Jesuit, the top-ranked 6A Oregon team last week. … Canby believes it is a better than than last year. Unfortunately for the Cougars, so is Camas.

The pick: Camas 42-14


When, where: 7 p.m. at Chieftain Stadium, Columbia River HS

Last week: Skyview lost to Prairie 31-17; Columbia River beat Heritage 33-21.

Last meeting: Skyview won 42-0 on Sept. 7, 2012

Stat pack: Skyview, Nate Arriola 14 rushes, 82 yards; Jacob Dennis 12 catches, 144 yards; Columbia River, Jonathan Branson 12 carries, 116 yards rushing, 13-of-23, 122 yards passing; Nathan Hawthorne 4 catches, 67 yards.

Game notes: Skyview used three different quarterbacks vs. Prairie. Starter Mav Yamaguchi left in the third quarter with an apparent injury. … Skyview has owned this rivalry, winning the last seven meetings. … Both teams broken several new starters last week.

The pick: Columbia River 31-24


When, where: 7 p.m. at District Stadium, Battle Ground HS

Last week: Prairie beat Skyview 31-17; Battle Ground lost to R.A. Long 49-28

Last meeting: Battle Ground 41-21 won on Sept. 7, 2012

Stat pack: Prairie, Dallas Goodpaster 22 rushes, 173 yards; Tyler Armstrong 7-of-12 passing, 141 yards; Jason Bracken 4 catches, 60 yards; Battle Ground, Colston Vukanovich 16 rushes, 65 yards; 23-of-39 passing, 315 yards; Hayden Humphrey 7 catches, 98 yards.

Game notes: This game has all the looks of a shootout. BG’s Vukanovich produced 380 yards of offense against R.A. Long, but turnovers really hurt the Tigers. Also the defense struggled, giving up 242 rushing yards to Jacob Yordy and an 88-yard kickoff return. Now, the Tigers will need to stop Prairie’s rushing game, led by Goodpaster.

The pick: Prairie 38-28

JESUIT (1-1) vs. UNION (1-0)

When, where: 8 p.m. at McKenzie Stadium

Internet broadcast: www.portlandsportsbeat.com

Last week: Jesuit lost to Camas 47-14; Union beat Mountain View 44-0

Last meeting: Jesuit won 48-12 on Sept. 7, 2012

Stat pack: Union’s Leon Siofele had 12 rushes, 187 yards rushing; Nolan Henry 9-for-16, 147 yards passing; Ethan Beniga 6 catches, 110 yards receiving; Jesuit, after rushing for 217 yards in the opener, Chase Morrison was held to 73 yards on 23 carries vs. Camas.

Game notes: Jesuit ran over Union in last year’s meet. But Union looks stronger this year, and Jesuit does not appear to be as strong. Union shut down Mountain View’s running game last week. It’s hard to say a Week 2 non-league game is a must-win game. But if Union falls to Jesuit one week after Camas buried Jesuit, it would be a bad harbinger for the Titans.

The pick: Union 34-21

MARK MORRIS (1-0) vs. HUDSON’S BAY (0-1)

When, where: 7 p.m. Kiggins Bowl

Last week: Mark Morris beat Kelso 40-20; Hudson’s Bay lost to Washougal 35-0.

Last meeting: Mark Morris won 63-0 on Sept. 7, 2012

Stat pack: Mark Morris, Keigan Baker rushed for 98 yards and 100 receiving yards last week; Hudson’s Bay, Devon Casey 16 rushes, 57 yards.

Game notes: Bay lost to a Washougal team that wasn’t even at full strength. Bay also gave up nine points on a couple of special teams mishaps. The bad news for the Eagles is that Mark Morris is a stronger team than Washougal.

The pick: Mark Morris 48-6


When, where: 7 p.m. at Nautilus Field, Hockinson HS

Last week: Fort Vancouver lost to Evergreen 56-20; Hockinson beat Elma 7-0

Last meeting: Hockinson won 60-7 on Sept. 7, 2012

Stat pack: Fort Vancouver’s Jordan Suell 7-for-16, 174 yards passing; Marquis Taylor 4 catches, 149 yards receiving; Hockinson, Jess Krahn 11-of-26 passing, 180 yards; Nicholas Barclay 5 catches, 89 yards.

Game notes: Hockinson played an odd game last week. There were 68 passes attempted, odd for a 7-0 game. Both teams are looking for better results in the run game. Hockinson’s only touchdown came on a 74-yard pass play.

The pick: Hockinson 35-14

TENINO (0-1) vs. WASHOUGAL (1-0)

When, where: 7 p.m. at Fishback Stadium, Washougal HS

Last week: Tenino lost to Raymond 27-21; Washougal beat Hudson’s Bay 35-0

Last meeting: Tenino won 55-28 on Sept. 7, 2012

Stat pack: Washougal, Zack Neketuck 12 rushes, 72 yards; Garrett Duey 10 rushes, 58 yards.

Game notes: Tenino returns only seven starters from the team that beat the Panthers last year. Turnovers played big roles in last week’s games for both team. Washougal was aided by Bay mistakes, while Tenino was undone by miscues. Washougal had players out with injuries last week, and it’s unclear whether the Panthers will be closer to full strength this week.

The pick: Tenino 30-20

RIDGEFIELD (0-1) vs. KALAMA (0-1)

When, where: 7 p.m. at Chinook Stadium, Kalama HS

Last week: Ridgefield lost to Rochester 34-0; Kalama lost to Woodland 40-0

Last meeting: Ridgefield won 34-7 on Sept. 7, 2012

Stat pack: Ridgefield, Nathan Eggleston 8 rushes, 27 yards.

Game notes: Both offenses struggled to move the ball in Week 1 shutout losses. Kalama had just 133 yards. Ridgefield was even worse, being held to less than 64 yards of offense.

The pick: Ridgefield 19-13


STEVENSON (0-1, 0-1) vs. LA CENTER (1-0, 1-0)

When, where: 7 p.m. at La Center Middle School

Last week: Stevenson lost to Toledo 24-6; La Center beat Ilwaco 49-0

Last meeting: La Center won 46-6 on Sept. 7, 2012

Stat pack: Stevenson, Colton Van Pelt 9-of-19 passing, 218 yards; Brandon Campbell 6 catches, 159 yards; La Center, Connor Fulton 14 rushes, 100 yards.

Game notes: Stevenson had success passing last week, but also turned the ball over three times through the air. Meanwhile, La Center limited Ilwaco to 68 total yards and forced three turnovers.

The pick: La Center 42-12

CASTLE ROCK (1-0, 1-0) vs. WOODLAND (1-0, 1-0)

When, where: 7 p.m. at Woodland High School

Last week: Castle Rock beat Seton Catholic 35-7; Woodland beat Kalama 40-0

Last meeting: Woodland won 28-20 on Sept. 7, 2012

Stat pack: Castle Rock, Mason Klingberg 9 rushes, 99 yards; Chase Lam, 17 carries, 86 yards; Woodland, Eli Whitmire 5 carries, 94 yards; Hunter Huddleston 7-of-11 passes, 137 yards.

Game notes: Neither team pulled out all the stops in Week 1 victories. Both teams made need everything they’ve got to win in Week 2. Woodland brings a bit more balance with Whitmire running and Huddleston passing.

The pick: Woodland 27-13



ILWACO (0-1, 0-1) vs. SETON CATHOLIC (0-1, 0-1)

When, where: 7 p.m. at Doc Harris Stadium, Camas

Last week: Ilwaco lost to La Center 49-0; Seton Catholic lost to Castle Rock 35-7

Last meeting: Ilwaco won 66-28 on Sept. 7, 2012

Stat pack: Seton Catholic, Will Noce-Sheldon 16 rushes, 81 yards, 4-of-7 passing, 73 yards.

Game notes: Ilwaco clearly drew the tougher Week 1 assignment with La Center, but Seton looked stronger. The Cougars are clearly better than they were last year.

The pick: Seton Catholic 21-13


Rochester at R.A. Long, 7 p.m. Friday

Aberdeen at Hoquiam, 1 p.m. Saturday

Toledo at White Salmon, 7 p.m. Friday

King’s Way Christian at Sunnyside Christian, 7 p.m. Friday

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