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Defending state champion-Hockinson opens state playoffs with rout

Hawks soar to 26-0 halftime lead and cruise to an easy 47-14 win over Washington

BATTLE GROUND — The Hockinson Hawks know when it’s playoff time.

After cruising through the high school football regular season undefeated, the Class 2A defending state champions know all about the postseason. They showed that with a 47-14 win over Washington in a first round state playoff game Friday at District Stadium in Battle Ground.

Hockinson receiver Sawyer Racanelli (11) soars high in the air to gather in a pass during the Hawks’ win over Washington in the first round of the Class 2A state high school football playoffs at District Stadium in Battle Ground. Photo by Mike Schultz
Hockinson receiver Sawyer Racanelli (11) soars high in the air to gather in a pass during the Hawks’ win over Washington in the first round of the Class 2A state high school football playoffs at District Stadium in Battle Ground. Photo by Mike Schultz

“I can tell that the kids just really want to get back to the championship game,’’ said Hockinson coach Rick Steele, whose team won its 24th consecutive game. “They can’t wait to get there and play in it again. They were ready to go tonight. During the regular season, they just wanted to get through it so we cruised a little bit at times. But, now it’s playoff football. It’s a different mindset now.’’

Hockinson dominated from the beginning of Friday’s game, both offensively and defensively. Peyton Brammer had three of his four touchdown receptions in the first half and also added an interception on defense. The Hawks’ defense held Washington to just 12 total yards of offense in the first half.

“Last week, we came out a little slow and got behind 14-0,’’ Steele said. “Tonight, we came out going hard from the start and scored two pretty quick ones (TDs) and the defense was playing fantastic.’’

Hockinson receiver Peyton Brammer (9) makes a catch during Friday’s Class 2A state high school football playoff game at District Stadium in Battle Ground. The Hawks won to remain undefeated and advance to the quarterfinals next week. Photo by Mike Schultz
Hockinson receiver Peyton Brammer (9) makes a catch during Friday’s Class 2A state high school football playoff game at District Stadium in Battle Ground. The Hawks won to remain undefeated and advance to the quarterfinals next week. Photo by Mike Schultz

Steele had special praise for his linebackers, including senior Jonathan Domingos, who had 10 tackles.

“Jonathan Domingos was just fantastic,’’ Steele said. “Our front eight kids just played great. Their main offensive weapon was their tailback (Joshua Camacho) and we shut him down all night. He got loose in the fourth quarter and scored against our JV team.’’

What would a Hockinson victory be like without some prolific numbers from the Hawks’ offense? Quarterback Levi Crum completed 28 of 47 passes for 343 yards and six touchdowns. Brammer had eight catches for 72 yards and the four touchdowns and Sawyer Racanelli had 12 catches for 213 yards and two touchdowns. Racanelli also added a rushing touchdown.

Hockinson quarterback Levi Crum (14) lets fly with a pass attempt in Friday’s win over Washington in the first round of the Class 2A state high school football playoffs. Photo by Mike Schultz
Hockinson quarterback Levi Crum (14) lets fly with a pass attempt in Friday’s win over Washington in the first round of the Class 2A state high school football playoffs. Photo by Mike Schultz

“We had eight different receivers catch balls tonight,’’ Steele said. “We can throw the ball to so many different kids. Levi is doing a fantastic job. He’s just doing fantastic. The kid gets better each start.’’

The No. 1-seeded Hawks will face Steilacoom in the quarterfinals next weekend. The game is expected to be played Saturday at Doc Harris Stadium in Camas. Official details of the game time will be announced early next week.

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Ken Vance got his start in the newspaper industry in 1987 as a reporter at The Columbian Newspaper in Vancouver. Vance graduated from Stevenson High School in Stevenson, WA, and attended Clark College in Vancouver. He worked for The Columbian from 1987-2001. He was most recently a staff member of The Reflector Newspaper in Battle Ground, where he served as editor since 2010 and reporter since 2007. Vance’s work in the newspaper industry has won him multiple awards, including a first place award from the Society of Professional Journalists for in-depth reporting.

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