Battle Ground breaks through with win in Week 9

Tigers defeat Davis 28-20 in non-league tilt

Battle Ground Tigers (1-8, 0-4 4A GSHL)

Week 1: Beaverton (Ore.) 46, Battle Ground 6

Week 2: Tualatin (Ore.) 53, Battle Ground 0

Week 3: Mountain View 55, Battle Ground 22

Week 4: Prairie 21, Battle Ground 20

Week 5: Camas 35, Battle Ground 0

Week 6: Union 52, Battle Ground 8

Week 7: Skyview 48, Battle Ground 13

Week 8: Heritage 28, Battle Ground 21
Week 9: Battle Ground 28, Davis 20

The Tigers will go into the 2018 season on a one-game winning streak. Might not sound like much, but Battle Ground’s players earned the right to feel good about themselves.

Battle Ground’s Brock Robinson (21) is shown here making a tackle in a game earlier this season against Mountain View. Robinson had a standout season on offense for the Tigers, finishing with 1,195 yards rushing including 200 yards and three touchdowns in a non-league victory over Davis in Week 9. Photo by Mike Schultz
Battle Ground’s Brock Robinson (21) is shown here making a tackle in a game earlier this season against Mountain View. Robinson had a standout season on offense for the Tigers, finishing with 1,195 yards rushing including 200 yards and three touchdowns in a non-league victory over Davis in Week 9. Photo by Mike Schultz

Victory:

Battle Ground lost more all-league players than just about any team in Southwest Washington coming into this season. A lot of new starters and a new coach, yet the same challenging schedule.

So there were times when it had to feel like the weight of the world was on the Tigers’ shoulders. Blowout losses the first three games. Then a “how-did-that-happen?’ one-point loss to a rival. Another close game in league play, but a loss.

Finally, Week 9.

A win.

“It was very exciting to get things to fall into place and finish a complete game,” Battle Ground coach Mike Kesler said. “The kids battled until the end, and the outcome was successful.”

MVP on defense: Garrett Moon had two interceptions in the fourth quarter, preserving the win for the Tigers.

MVP on offense: Brock Robinson rushed for 200 yards and three touchdowns in the win over Davis. That gave him 1,195 yards on the season. That is a testament to him and the offensive line.

Inspirational: Speaking of the offensive linemen, Kesler said they were the most inspirational players on this year’s team. “They were consistent throughout the season, putting us in successful position all season,” Kesler said.

Next: “Looking forward to continuing to develop the underclass, to be part of the great future success of Tiger football,” the coach said.

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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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