Columbia River attempts to get into win column against R.A. Long

Columbia River will attempt to eliminate the mistakes that led to its Week 1 loss to Evergreen when the Chieftains play host to Tumwater this week.

Chieftains to play host to Lumberjacks in Class 2A Greater St. Helens League matchup this week

Columbia River Chieftains (0-3, 0-1 2A GSHL)

Week 1: Evergreen 26, Columbia River 13

Week 2: Tumwater 55, Columbia River 6

Week 3: Washougal 17, Columbia River 0

Next: R.A. Long at Columbia River, 7 p.m. Friday

Columbia River’s defense came to play. Future opponents probably realize that once the River offense gets going, that will be a strong combo.

Only 17 points against:

The Columbia River coaches have to be impressed with the defensive effort in Friday’s loss to Washougal. No fun to lose, but the score could have been a lot worse had it not been for River’s defense.

The tone was set early, too.

Logan Wilson met the Washougal running back the Panthers’ first offensive play of the night, stuck him for a gain of a yard.

Columbia River’s work in practice on its defense paid off in the Chieftains’ Week 3 effort against Washougal. Photo by Paul Valencia
Columbia River’s work in practice on its defense paid off in the Chieftains’ Week 3 effort against Washougal. Photo by Paul Valencia

Next play, on a little wide receiver screen, every Chieftain saw it coming. And when I say every one, I mean it. By the end of the play, there are 11 Chieftains surrounding the receiver. That was a great rally to the ball.

Later, Washougal got a turnover and set up inside the River 5-yard line. The River defense forced a field goal attempt. The special teamers were called for roughing the kicker, and the Washougal offense again had a first-and-goal situation. And again, the River defense forced a field goal.

Back-to-back first-and-goal set-ups, and the River defense did not allow a touchdown.

Coach Speak:

What did Christian Swain learn about his team in Week 3? “Our offense is behind our defense right now. Just haven’t been able to get it to click on offense. We never really got anything going. Never found any rhythm. We ran six plays in the third quarter. We just gotta continue to trust the process. We have talented kids. It’s going to click at some point. Good news is it’s not a lack of talent. We’ve been misfiring a lot. We’re an eyelash away. A lot of close, missed opportunities.”

MVPs on defense: Austin Carter and Koben Jamison. “Both really, really good Friday night,’’ Swain said. “They were all over the field.”
Thoughts on Week 4 vs. R.A. Long: “They’re a good football team,’’ Swain said. “Got a quarterback who runs all over the place and extends plays. They’re 2-1 and have confidence. We’re at a point we have to get the bad juju off our back this week. Hoping to get some momentum going. We’ve got to improve. I really believe this team can compete with anybody in our league.”

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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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