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Heritage closes out football season with 4-5 overall record

HeritageTimberwolves lose to Skyview in Week 9

Heritage Timberwolves (4-5, 1-3 4A GSHL)

Week 1: Heritage 28, Prairie 14

Week 2: Heritage 34, Evergreen 7

Week 3: West Valley (Yakima) 57, Heritage 16

Week 4: Redmond 38, Heritage 20

Week 5: Union 56, Heritage 6

Week 6: Heritage 34, Benson (Ore.) 14

Week 7: Camas 63, Heritage 13

Week 8: Heritage 28, Battle Ground 21

Week 9: Skyview 63, Heritage 21

The Timberwolves gained some experience, plus they picked up a league win for the first time since 2012. Not a winning season, but an important one in the development of the program.

Heritage sophomore Skyler Scoggins (18) is one of the Timberwolves set to return next season to build upon a 4-5 season record posted in 2017. Photo by Mike Schultz
Heritage sophomore Skyler Scoggins (18) is one of the Timberwolves set to return next season to build upon a 4-5 season record posted in 2017. Photo by Mike Schultz

Win of the year:

Defeating Battle Ground 28-21 in Week 8.

“Getting that league win was huge,” Heritage coach Matt Gracey said. “It sets us up to realize we can … try to get more than one. Have to get one before you can talk about getting more.”

Thoughts on the season:

“As a whole, we had really hoped to get that fifth win. But losing what we lost, as far as the number of returning starters (we only had three guys with starting experience) we did a good job to get to four wins and play as well as we did in spurts,” Gracey said. “I appreciate our seniors being the leaders that they were. By working as hard as they did with the young guys, they set us up to be pretty good in the next few years.”

Most inspirational player:

“I would have to say the guy that people really, really looked up to this year was Robbie Meadors,” Gracey said.
At a recent team dinner, the coach asked the team for a raise of hands of how many people Meadors gave a ride to this year, at least once, in order to get to weight training or practice or any other team event. The coach said about 90 percent of the players raised their hands.

“Robbie put his money where his mouth was. He would pick you up and make sure you were there. That was the one thing that stuck out to me as pure leadership,” Gracey said. “Robbie really was selfless and a true leader.”

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Paul Valencia joins 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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