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Week 1: Frustrating start for La Center

Wildcats know they will get better in the coming weeks

Not too many in La Center saw this one coming.

Even with virtually a brand new team, this was not expected.

“It was a frustrating game for the kids,” La Center coach John Lambert said, noting the loss was a combination of Ridgefield’s solid play and his squad’s mistakes.

La Center coach John Lambert knows that it will take some time with a new starting lineup this season. Photo by Mike Schultz
La Center coach John Lambert knows that it will take some time with a new starting lineup this season. Photo by Mike Schultz

La Center (0-1)

Week 1: Ridgefield 19, La Center 0

Next: vs. Woodland, 7 p.m. Friday at La Center High School

“We had a hard time tackling. Our fundamentals weren’t great. We’re going to get better at that,” Lambert said.

La Center, which has reached the Class 1A state semifinals the past two seasons, has 20 new starting players.

“Any time you have that, it’s a little more challenging,” Lambert said. “It’s a good learning experience. I don’t think there’s growth without failure.”

On defense, Lambert said Wyatt Dodson made a huge impact. Known as a great running back, this was his first start at safety. Lambert said Dodson made several big plays.

On offense, nothing really stood out, the coach said.

“(The Spudders defense) made some nice plays. And we made too many execution errors,” Lambert said. “It’s something we can build on.”

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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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