Fort Vancouver measures its season by more than wins and losses

Fort Vancouver had a limited roster available for Week 1’s matchup with King’s Way Christian but the Trappers have more players getting eligible each week.Coach says players were successful in changing the culture of the program this season

Fort Vancouver Trappers (0-9, 0-5 3A GSHL)

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

Week 2: The Dalles (Ore.) 32, Fort Vancouver 0

Week 3: Hoquiam 49, Fort Vancouver 16

Week 4: Benson (Ore.) 18, Fort Vancouver 0

Week 5: Kelso 42, Fort Vancouver 0

Week 6: Evergreen 56, Fort Vancouver 13

Week 7: Mountain View 56, Fort Vancouver 0

Week 8: Hudson’s Bay 54, Fort Vancouver 0

Week 9: Prairie 63, Fort Vancouver 0

The Trappers did not get a win in 2017 but won in other important details.

Sportsmanship:

Fort Vancouver coach Steve Broussard said his players accomplished their goal of changing the culture of the Trappers’ football program this season. Photo by Paul Valencia
Fort Vancouver coach Steve Broussard said his players accomplished their goal of changing the culture of the Trappers’ football program this season. Photo by Paul Valencia

If you recall, back in August one of the goals for this team was to make its school proud of the program for the way the program conducts itself in games.

In 2016, two games were marred by fights.

Naturally, the Trappers wanted to win. But first, they wanted to change the culture.

To that degree, this was a successful season.

“No fights,” first-year coach Steve Broussard said. “That’s a big part of sportsmanship. If you were to ask some refs … we had very minimal unsportsmanlike penalties.”

Broussard said it was disappointing to go 0-0, but “there were some encouraging” things with the Trappers.

“My biggest goal was changing the behavior and things of that nature. They were glooming over the program in the past.”

Most inspirational player:

McWayne Ridep.

“Didn’t play much, but his attitude, every day, trying to get the guys going,” Broussard said. “He was very positive even when things were going bad.”

The future:

The Trappers had close to 30 sophomores and freshman in the program by the end of the season. A few of them were called up to varsity, but most got to play together at the lower level of competition. Broussard said last year there were only 13 or 14 young players in the program by the end of the season.

“My whole speech to them, when things are going bad, it’s easy to quit. Sticking in there and fighting it out builds character and builds friendships. You find out who you can count on when things get really bad. I’m trying to teach them life lessons in the midst of all this chaos.”

Now, the challenge for Broussard and the coaches is to get the Trappers to understand that football is not just a few months out of the year thing.

“We need to get the guys consistently in the weight room and really understanding what it takes to have success,” Broussard said. “Not just show up when the dates are required.”

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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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