Fort Vancouver attempts to get in the win column at Hoquiam

Trappers travel to Hoquiam for Week 3 non-league matchup

Fort Vancouver Trappers (0-2)

Week 1: King’s Way Christian 56, Fort Vancouver 0

Week 2: The Dalles (Ore.) 34, Fort Vancouver 0

Next: Fort Vancouver at Hoquiam, 7 p.m. Friday

Can’t sugarcoat it: This has been a horrible start to the season on the scoreboard. But the Trappers insist they are on the right path.

Note: Was not able to watch this game on the computer, but did get these notes from coach Steve Broussard:

The Fort Vancouver Trappers are finding out rebuilding a high school football program is a long process. Photo by Paul Valencia
The Fort Vancouver Trappers are finding out rebuilding a high school football program is a long process. Photo by Paul Valencia

One major goal achieved: Through two weeks, the Trappers have not been assessed an unsportsmanlike penalty. That might not seem like a big deal, but it is to the Trappers. The Trappers want to one day earn the respect of opponents with their performances. But they know they can earn the respect of opponents each week with the way they play the game.

What did the coach learn about his team in Week 2? “It was disappointing, no doubt about that,’’ Broussard said. “But we continue to show signs of just grit. It’s the little things, the small details. We’re trying to teach them about the game. They are receptive.”

Coaching staff’s pick for MVP on offense: Freshman Devyn Turner played quarterback for the Trappers. “He showed some moxie, leadership qualities that I liked,” Broussard said. “He was the unsung MVP.”

Coaching staff’s pick for MVP on the defense: Defensive lineman Ezekiel Block. “He did some good things as far as assignment wise and effort wise,” the coach said. “He was the one who stood out. We played pretty good in the second half.”

Thoughts on Week 3 at Hoquiam: “Good skill guys, with a running back who can hurt you. He’s shifty. Pretty good team.” Broussard said he wants his team “just to compete” and try to eliminate the turnovers.


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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