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Week 1: Washougal tackles next challenge after Week 1 win

Panthers hope to improve to 2-0 when they host Prairie

Just a week into the season and there is internal beef within the Washougal football program.

Washougal coach Dave Hajek said his linebackers coach credited Brevan Bea with 22 tackles, but the team statistician only had 21 for Bea.

The Washougal Panthers opened the season on the road with a three-point win over a Class 3A team. This week, Washougal hosts another 3A program, the Prairie Falcons. Photo by Mike Schultz
The Washougal Panthers opened the season on the road with a three-point win over a Class 3A team. This week, Washougal hosts another 3A program, the Prairie Falcons. Photo by Mike Schultz

Washougal Panthers (1-0)

Week 1: Washougal 16, Hudson’s Bay 13

Next: vs. Prairie, 7 p.m. Friday at Washougal HS

OK, so that’s a good beef to have, and no matter the count, that is a lot of tackles.

“He’s the real deal. He’s going to be awesome,” Hajek said. “He was all over the place.”

The Panthers opened the season with a 16-13 victory over Class 3A program Hudson’s Bay.

After watching the game on video, Hajek noticed a lot of good and a lot of not-so-good. Typical Week 1 stuff.

“We learned we have a ways to go to get to the point where we are going to compete with Hockinson,” Hajek said, referring to the defending 2A state champion. “We made a lot of mistakes but we were still able to pull off the win against a good team. Bay is a quality team, definitely.”
In fact, Hudson’s Bay is coming off a playoff season, too, just like the Panthers.

Washougal appreciates that first win, but quickly turned its attention to the next game. And fixing the miscues.

The Panthers, Hajek noted, had three trips to the red zone that failed to score any points. One touchdown was called back on a formation penalty.

That is what non-league games are for, though. This week in practice, the Panthers are going the extra steps to ensure that type of penalty does not cost them again.

Hajek noted the next opponent, Prairie, another 3A program, looks to be improved from last season. This will be another test for the Panthers.

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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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