Week 5 high school football previews, predictions and livestream links

An 11-4 week last week moved our overall record for the season to 51-18 (73.9 percent).

This is how it broke down:

Ridgefield vs. Hudson’s Bay

Predicted: Ridgefield 41-7

Actual: Ridgefield 53-27

Battle Ground vs. Heritage

Predicted: Battle Ground 35-6

Actual: Battle Ground 71-0

Evergreen vs. Foss

Predicted: Evergreen 48-6

Actual: Evergreen 46-0

Kamiak vs. Skyview

Predicted: Skyview 35-14

Actual: Skyview 48-20

Prairie vs. Union

Predicted: Union 38-26

Actual: Union 40-20

Mountain View vs. Hanford

Predicted: Mountain View 34-19

Actual: Hanford 34-28

Kelso vs. Camas

Predicted: Camas 42-20

Actual: Camas 45-21

Hockinson vs. R.A. Long

Predicted: Hockinson 40-13

Actual: Hockinson 48-6

Columbia River vs. Woodland

Predicted: Columbia River 33-13

Actual: Woodland 28-21

Mark Morris vs. Washougal

Predicted: Mark Morris 34-28

Actual: Washougal 39-22

Seton Catholic vs. Stevenson

Predicted: Seton Catholic 27-13

Actual: Stevenson 40-37

Castle Rock vs. Montesano

Predicted: Montesano 36-13

Actual: Montesano 57-12

Elma vs. Columbia-White Salmon

Predicted: Elma 33-6

Actual: Elma 41-7

St. Helens (Ore.) vs. Fort Vancouver

Predicted: St. Helens 29-26

Actual: St. Helens 62-22

Connell vs. La Center

Predicted: La Center 20-13

Actual: La Center 49-7


This week, the 3A Greater St. Helens League and the Trico League move into league play. And Washougal and Ridgefield meet in a pivotal 2A GSHL matchup.

Here are preview caps for Week 5 with predictions and links to livestreams (don’t get caught getting scammed; these have all been validated).

La Center (3-1) vs. King’s Way Christian (2-1)

When: 6 p.m. Thursday

Where: Preece Memorial Stadium, King’s Way Christian High School, Vancouver

What: 1A Trico League game

Livestream: King’s Way Christian Schools YouTube channel.

Last week: La Center beat Connell 49-7; King’s Way Christian was idle.

Last meeting: La Center 38, King’s Way Christian 21, Oct. 4, 2019

Game notes: La Center moved up to No. 9 in the Associated Press Class 1A rankings with a dominating win over Connell last week. The Wildcats like to pound the ball behind their big offensive line, letting Jalen Ward and QB Tru Feldman run the ball. King’s Way Christian has had two weeks to prepare for their return to Trico League play. The Knights needed the rest after suffering some key injuries in a loss to Meridian.

Prediction: La Center 42, King’s Way Christian 8


Castle Rock (3-1) vs. Fort Vancouver (1-3)

When: 5 p.m. Friday

Where: Kiggins Bowl, Vancouver

What: 1A Trico League game.

Livestream:  NFHS Network (subscription required)

Last week: Castle Rock lost to Montesano 57-12; Fort Vancouver lost to St. Helens (Ore.) 62-22.

Last meeting: Castle Rock 55, Fort Vancouver 0, Oct. 1, 2021

Game notes: Castle Rock will look to rebound after getting routed by Montesano last week. Quarterback Stephen Ibsen has been a dual-threat for the Rockets. Fort Vancouver was very much in its game with St. Helens last week, trailing 16-8 at halftime before letting the game get away. The Trappers can move the ball with quarterback Kaeleb Cvitkovich (872 yards passing, 11 touchdowns) and receive Evan Mendez (33 catches, 617 yards). But stopping teams has been a challenge for Fort.

Prediction: Castle Rock 40, Fort Vancouver 14


Camas (1-3) vs. Kamiak (1-3)

When: 6 p.m. Friday

Where: Goddard Stadium, Everett

What: Non-league game

Livestream: None.

Last week: Camas beat Kelso 45-21; Kamiak lost to Skyview 48-20.

Last meeting: First meeting.

Game notes: Camas quarterback Taylor Ioane has passed for 300 or more yards the past two weeks. Receiver Trenton Swanson has 29 catches for 469 yards and seven touchdowns. And the Camas defense had its best game. One of Kelso’s three touchdowns came on an interception return last week. This game will be a good measuring stick for the Papermakers for league play with Kamiak coming off a 48-20 loss to Skyview last week. 

Prediction: Camas 45, Kamiak 13


Union (1-3) vs. Coeur d’Alene (3-2)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Viking Stadium, Coeur d’Alene HS, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

What: Non-league game

Livestream: NFHS Network (subscription required)

Last week: Union beat Prairie 40-20; Coeur d’Alene beat Woodinville 28-14

Last meeting: First meeting

Game notes: Union QB Tyson Fuehrer had his most complete game of the season with 219 yards passing and 70 yards rushing. The Titans had four players – Cody Zehner, Clayton Maus, Fuehrer and Luke Burbank – rush for 56 yards or more last week as Union controlled the line of scrimmage. The Titans have been vulnerable to the pass, and that could be an issue this week. Coeur d’Alene QB Jamison Kizziar threw for 481 yards and two touchdowns last week against Woodinville. The Vikings have played solid defense recently, not allowing any of its last three opponents to score more than 14.

Prediction: Coeur d’Alene 27, Union 14


Mount Tahoma (0-4) vs. Battle Ground (2-2)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: District Stadium, Battle Ground HS, Battle Ground

What: Non-league game

TV: Cable Ch. 28.

Livestream: BG27 TV YouTube channel.

Last week: Mount Tahoma lost to Lincoln 35-21; Battle Ground beat Heritage 71-0.

Last meeting: First meeting.

Game notes: Battle Ground put up a record-breaking number of points last week against Heritage. The Tigers were able to get a lot of players onto the field and spread the ball around. QB Kameron Spencer (807 yards, 10 touchdowns passing) is the spark to the Tigers offense. Mount Tahoma is a deceptive 0-4. The T-Birds have been competitive in three of those four games against good opponents (North Kitsap, Lincoln). 

Prediction: Battle Ground 28, Mount Tahoma 24


Evergreen (4-0) vs. Mountain View (2-2)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: McKenzie Stadium, Vancouver

What: 3A Greater St. Helens League game.

Livestream: None.

Last week: Evergreen beat Foss 46-0; Mountain View lost to Hanford 34-28

Last meeting: Mountain View 38, Evergreen 7, Oct. 28, 2021

Game notes: Evergreen has big-play potential. Jonathan Landry caught three passes for 143 yards and two touchdowns last week against Foss. LaDaimian McCord had an 86-yard kickoff return for a score. Jayden Crace and Khalil Osbin continue to split time at quarterback. This is the first big test for the Plainsmen. Mountain View QB Mitch Johnson continues to be the Thunder’s leading rusher with 285 yards. But the run sets up the pass. Johnson has thrown for 960 yards and 13 touchdowns. Mountain View has won 13 of the past 14 meetings of this rivalry.

Prediction: Mountain View 28, Evergreen 20


Prairie (3-1) vs. Kelso (2-2)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Schroeder Field, Kelso HS, Kelso

What: 3A Greater St. Helens League game

Livestream: NFHS Network (subscription required)

Last week: Prairie lost to Union 40-20; Kelso lost to Camas 45-21.

Last meeting: Kelso 33, Prairie 8, Sept. 24, 2021

Game notes: Prairie’s running attack was held in check last week against Union, putting more pressure on QB Braeden Slamp. Now the Falcons face another tough defense in Kelso. The Hilanders like to run the ball led by Conner Noah’s 329 yards. QB Tucker Amrine has thrown for 372 yards, but 277 of those yards came in one game. Kelso has won nine of the last 10 meetings.

Prediction: Prairie 21, Kelso 20


Washougal (3-1, 2-0) vs. Ridgefield (2-2, 2-0)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Ridgefield HS, Ridgefield

What: 2A Greater St. Helens League game

Livestream: Ridgefield Athletic YouTube channel

Last week: Washougal beat Mark Morris 39-22; Ridgefield beat Hudson’s Bay 53-27

Last meeting: Ridgefield 39, Washougal 13, Oct. 1, 2021

Game notes: The defense has not been as strong this season for Ridgefield as it was the previous two seasons. The Spudders will be in for a test this week against Washougal QB Holden Bea. Bea has thrown for 1,084 yards and 11 touchdowns in four games. Sam Evers (21 catches, 479 yards and 8 TDs) has been his top target. Ridgefield has focused more on the run this season than last year. Rocco Wright has rushed for 463 yards and five touchdowns. The Spudders will look for a strong start, as they have been more of a second-half team this season.

Prediction: Ridgefield 28, Washougal 23


R.A. Long (0-4, 0-2) vs. Columbia River (1-3, 0-2)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: John O’Rourke Field, Columbia River HS, Vancouver

What: 2A Greater St. Helens League game

Livestream: NFHS Network (subscription required)

Last week: Columbia River lost to Woodland 28-21; R.A. Long lost to Hockinson 48-6.

Last meeting: Columbia River 21, R.A. Long 3, Oct. 1, 2021.

Game notes:  R.A. Long’s Layne Oberloh may be one of the better kickers in the region. But that comes as little consolation for the Lumberjacks, whose woes up front has led to struggles against stopping the run. That has also led to big plays in the passing game. With quarterback Adam Watts, Columbia River is capable of doing both. The Rapids are looking for some positive momentum to get them back into the playoff chase in the 2A GSHL.

Prediction: Columbia River 36, R.A. Long 10


Hudson’s Bay (2-2, 1-1) vs. Mark Morris (3-1, 1-1)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Longview Memorial Stadium, Longview.

What: 2A Greater St. Helens League game

Livestream: N2 Media.

Last week: Hudson’s Bay lost to Ridgefield 53-27; Mark Morris lost to Washougal 39-22.

Last meeting: Mark Morris 27, Hudson’s Bay 21, Oct. 1, 2021.

Game notes: Hudson’s Bay senior Mateo Varona has been one of the area’s top performers of this season. He leads the region with 507 rushing yards and six touchdowns. He has also made big plays as a receiver and a defensive back. But the Eagles will need consistent play from a lot of players to keep up with Mark Morris, particularly is the Monarchs are healthier than they were last week against Washougal. Deacon Dietz is the second leading rusher in the area with 498 yards, even though he only had one carry last week. That one carry went for a 51-yard touchdown.

Prediction: Mark Morris 36, Hudson’s Bay 20


Woodland (2-2, 1-1) vs. Hockinson (2-2, 1-1)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Hockinson HS, Hockinson

What: 2A Greater St. Helens League game

Livestream: None.

Last week: Woodland beat Columbia River 28-21; Hockinson beat R.A. Long 48-6.

Last meeting: Hockinson 41, Woodland 0, Oct. 1, 2021.

Game notes: Woodland thrust itself right into the playoff race in the 2A Greater St. Helens League with a win over Columbia River. The Beavers can solidify that position with a win over Hockinson. Sophomore Elijah Andersen has rushed for 432 yards as the Beavers look to control the ball. Hockinson quarterback Jarod Oldham has passed for 886 yards and 10 touchdowns, but he has also been susceptible to the interception. Getting turnovers will be pivotal to Woodland.

Prediction: Hockinson 27, Woodland 19


Columbia-White Salmon (0-4) vs. Seton Catholic (2-2)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Seton Catholic HS, Vancouver

What: 1A Trico League game

Livestream: None.

Last week: Columbia-White Salmon lost to Elma 41-7; Seton Catholic lost to Stevenson 40-37.

Last meeting: Seton Catholic 60, Columbia-White Salmon 30, Oct. 1, 2021.

Game notes: Seton Catholic got hit with injuries in their loss to Stevenson last week. The defense, which allowed 44 total points in the first three weeks (most of the points coming late when the game was not competitive) allowed 40 last week at Stevenson. This week, the Cougars face a Columbia team that has struggled to put up points. The Bruins have scored just 15 points total all season and have been shut out twice so far this season.

Prediction: Seton Catholic 27, Columbia-White Salmon 6


Stevenson (2-2) vs. Kalama (0-3)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Chinook Stadium, Kalama HS, Kalama

What: Central 2B League

Livestream: None.

Last week: Stevenson beat Seton Catholic 40-37; Kalama was idle

Last meeting: Kalama 65, Stevenson 14, Sept. 30, 2021.

Game notes: Stevenson got a complete game from junior quarterback Kacen Bach last week. Bach threw one touchdown pass, rushed for two more scores, had an interception return to set up another touchdown and kicked the game-winning field goal with about two minutes to play. After a slow start, the Bulldogs offense has played much better the past two weeks. Kalama is coming off a bye week. And although the Chinooks are winless, they are showing signs of improvement as they move into league play. Sophomore QB Aiden Brown continues to make strides.

Prediction: Kalama 34, Stevenson 20


Heritage (0-4) vs. Skyview (3-1)

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Kiggins Bowl, Vancouver

What: Non-league game

Livestream: None.

Last week: Heritage lost to Battle Ground 71-0; Skyview beat Kamiak 49-20

Last meeting: Skyview 56, Heritage 14, Nov. 1, 2019.

Game notes: It has been a rough opening to the season Heritage. The Timberwolves have been on the wrong end of running-clock games in three of their first four games. And now Heritage moved into the teeth of its schedule. Skyview continues to get better each week. It faces two winless teams (Kentwood next week) before a big showdown against Camas. The Storm will focus on remaining healthy.

Prediction: Skyview 48, Heritage 0

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