Battle Ground to close out the season with a non-league game Friday

Tigers to play host to Davis in season finale

Battle Ground Tigers (0-8, 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
Next: vs. Davis, 7 p.m. at District Stadium in Battle Ground

The Tigers just missed in their opportunity to pick up a win this season. They have one shot left.

Battle Ground will get its final opportunity for a victory in 2017 when the Tigers play host to Davis Friday at District Stadium. Photo by Mike Schultz
Battle Ground will get its final opportunity for a victory in 2017 when the Tigers play host to Davis Friday at District Stadium. Photo by Mike Schultz

Intelligent play, then physical play:

Heritage had a third-down play and called for a screen pass.

Aksel Fridriksson and Gage Young were not fooled.

As soon as they realized they were not being blocked, then backed away from going after the quarterback and ran toward the running back, the intended receiver. The Heritage QB wisely did not throw the ball and instead was tackled for little or no gain.

That led to a punt.

Battle Ground got the ball and went 87 yards on 12 plays – all running plays.

Gotta give credit to the physical offensive line play on that drive, featuring Fridriksson, Drew Skolrud, Chase Bray, Beckett Honeycutt, and Austin Martin.

Fun play:

Battle Ground went to a trick play and picked up 30 yards when running back Brock Robinson completed a pass to Isaiah Cummings. The ball was tipped but Cumming secured it on the way down, falling hard on his back.

Big sack:

One again, Fridriksson was all over the Battle Ground highlight video. In the third quarter, he got one of those “Oooooh” sacks. The crowd went “Ooooh” after Fridriksson blasted the quarterback.

That led to a punt.

This time, Battle Ground would go 97 yards for a touchdown and a 21-14 lead, the last 48 on a TD run from Robinson.

Almost there:

By the way, Robinson is closing in on a milestone. With one game left on the schedule, Robinson has 995 yards rushing.


No team should have to endure a winless season. The Tigers have come close in two games this season, falling by a point to Prairie and then by a touchdown to Heritage.

Now, it is the team’s last chance. Davis is traveling from Yakima, bringing a 1-7 record to Battle Ground.


About The Author

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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