Week 6 of the high school football season is not one to miss in the Greater St. Helens League, as league titles in Class 4A, 3A and 2A may be on the line Friday.
In 4A, Camas and Skyview renew their annual rivalry at Doc Harris Stadium, a game that often pits the GSHL’s best against each other.
In 3A, the league title is probably at stake in Kelso, where the 4-1 Hilanders take on Mountain View.
In 2A, the only 2-0 teams in league square off at Columbia River when the Chieftains play host to Woodland.
Skyview is the last team to beat Camas during the regular season, way back when in 2011 when the Storm scored a 31-10 decision. Since then, the Papermakers have rattled off 46 consecutive regular-season wins and four GSHL championships.
Camas is coming off an impressive 49-28 win over previously unbeaten Battle Ground, a game where quarterback Jack Colletto threw seven touchdown passes. The Papermakers have put away four of their five opponents by halftime this season, the lone exception coming in a 49-30 win at Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Skyview (3-2) could be Clark County’s forgotten team, what with Camas and Battle Ground stealing the headlines through most of September. But a closer inspection of Skyview’s schedule says the Storm is dangerous, as its two losses came to returning 3A state champion Eastside Catholic and 3A top 10 O’Dea of Seattle.
The Storm is led by dual-threat quarterback Brody Barnum, who has run for more than 100 yards twice this season, and passed for six touchdowns.
As for the 3A dual in Kelso, don’t be fooled by Mountain View’s 2-3 record. The Thunder were ranked among the state’s top 10 in 3A earlier this season, and its three losses came to 4A schools Battle Ground, Skyview and Union. Kelso’s schedule hasn’t been nearly as difficult, as the Hilanders have a pair of non-league wins over 2A schools.
Columbia River must rebound from the frightful emotional beating it took from Skyview, which easily whipped the Chieftains 42-0 last Friday. Against 2A counterparts, Columbia River has been much more competitive, beating GSHL foes R.A. Long and Washougal by two touchdowns each.
Woodland can all but clinch the GSHL title with a win over Columbia River, as two weeks ago the Beavers handed Hockinson its only loss of the season.
Meanwhile, Hockinson and Washougal play in a must-win game for both if they hope to stay in the GSHL title chase. Both are 2-1 in league heading into their game at Hockinson.