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Week 1: Columbia River ready to play on new home field

Chieftains, who won in Week 1, prepare for rival Skyview

The defense was so good that the offense barely played.

That is a good problem to have, by the way.

The Columbia River Chieftains opened the season with a 49-0 victory at Centralia. Coach Christian Swain said his offense only had around 40 plays because the field position was so good. River’s defense gave up two first downs all night.

The Columbia River Chieftains, shown here practicing on their new field, get to play a game for the first time on the new field on campus. They host rival Skyview on Friday. Photo by Mike Schultz
The Columbia River Chieftains, shown here practicing on their new field, get to play a game for the first time on the new field on campus. They host rival Skyview on Friday. Photo by Mike Schultz

Columbia River Chieftains (1-0)

Week 1: Columbia River 49, Centralia 0

Next: vs. Skyview, 7 p.m. Friday at Columbia River HS

“I’ve been trying to tell people, defensively, we’re pretty solid,” Swain said.

And special teams, too. There was a blocked punt. Plus a couple of forced turnovers.

With not much yardage to gain, the scoring drives were short and sweet.

Columbia River is using a two-quarterback system, with Dawson Lieurance and Matthew Asplund.

“I don’t even notice who’s in there,” Swain said. “They both do such a good job.”

Kanen Eaton had four catches, totalling more than 100 yards, plus two touchdowns. Swain believes it should have been three scores. He was ruled out of bounds but Swain thinks Eaton was in the end zone first. Oh well.

Isaac Bibb-O’Neil had three rushing touchdowns.

On defense, it was the Logan Wilson show. All over the field with nine tackles, including five for loss. Three were quarterback sacks.

Overall, a solid season debut, the coach said.

New field, old rival:

Next is the neighborhood rivalry game. Skyview is coming to Columbia River on Friday night.

It is a special night for the Chieftains, too, as they play their first home game on the new field. No more grass at the stadium.

“It’s a blessing to have the new turf,” the coach said. “To christen the new turf against a rival is a cool deal.”

The Chieftains are also looking at surprising their rivals. Skyview has had the best of River in recent years.

“We believe we can go in there and win this game,” Swain said. “If we play clean football and don’t turn the ball over and eliminate penalties, I think we can beat Skyview. We’re excited for the opportunity to do that on the new turf.”

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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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