Columbia River to face Woodland in key game for both teams

Chieftains are 1-1 in Class 2A Greater St. Helens League play

Columbia River Chieftains (1-4, 1-1 2A GSHL)

Week 1: Evergreen 26, Columbia River 13

Week 2: Tumwater 55, Columbia River 6

Week 3: Washougal 17, Columbia River 0

Week 4: Columbia River 25, R.A. Long 13

Week 5: Skyview 42, Columbia River 6

Next: at Woodland, 7 p.m. Friday

The Chieftains knew they were going up against a much bigger program but still managed to make a few plays here and there.

Shout out to some River defensive gems:

Tristan Hoyer had himself a night with a lot of positive plays for the Chieftains.

In the first quarter, he got to a scrambling quarterback and forced a fumble, which was recovered by teammate Monyell Hedgmon.

Later in the first half, Hoyer knocked down a third-down pass. Skyview chose to punt on fourth down.

Columbia River can improve to 2-1 in Class 2A Greater St. Helens League play with a win at Woodland Friday. Photo by Mike Schultz
Columbia River can improve to 2-1 in Class 2A Greater St. Helens League play with a win at Woodland Friday. Photo by Mike Schultz

And on one drive, the Columbia River defense picked up two sacks. Logan Wilson got the first one, then Hoyer chased down the QB for the other.

On that one, give credit to the River defensive backs. The initial pass protection was there, but there was no one open, allowing time for Hoyer to get the sack.

Coach Speak:

What did Christian Swain learn about his team in Week 5? “We learned that we can play with teams like Skyview if we execute clean and tackle better.”

MVP on offense: Kanon Eaton, who had more than 60 yards receiving, plus scored River’s only touchdown.

MVP on defense: Koben Jamison. “As usual, all over the field,” Swain said.

Thoughts on Week 6 vs. Woodland: “I’m extremely excited for the opportunities we have ahead of us,’’ Swain said. “Woodland is the first big opportunity. The QB (Wyatt Harsh) is a great player as well as No. 21 (Tyler Flanagan). We feel like we have several great young players as well that are just starting to realize their talent. This will be a great opportunity for them to take another step forward against a good, well coached ball club.”

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Paul Valencia joins ClarkCountyToday.com after more than two decades of newspaper experience. He became the face of high school sports coverage in Clark County during his 17 years at The Columbian. Before moving to Vancouver, Paul worked at Oregon daily newspapers in Pendleton, Roseburg, and Salem. A graduate of David Douglas High School in Portland, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving three years as a soldier/journalist. He and his wife Jenny recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. They have a son who has a passion for karate and Minecraft. Paul’s hobbies include: Watching the Raiders play football, reading about the Raiders playing football, and waiting to watch and read about the Raiders playing football.

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