High school football playoffs: Prairie, Hockinson and La Center all headed to the postseason as No. 1 seeds

Prairie co-champs in 3A GSHL; Hockinson claims 2A GSHL title and La Center outlasts Castle Rock to claim 1A Trico League championship

Prairie earned a share of the Class 3A Greater St. Helens League football championship with a 42-14 victory over Evergreen Friday night. The Falcons finished the season with an 8-1 overall record and they were 3-1 in GSHL play. Prairie will head into the playoffs as the league’s No. 1 seed. 

In recent years, the high school football playoffs were often out of the reach of the Prairie Falcons but this year, running back Dustin Shelby (22) and his teammates are heading to the postseason as the No.1 seed from the Class 3A Greater St. Helens League. Photo by Mike Schultz
In recent years, the high school football playoffs were often out of the reach of the Prairie Falcons but this year, running back Dustin Shelby (22) and his teammates are heading to the postseason as the No.1 seed from the Class 3A Greater St. Helens League. Photo by Mike Schultz

Kelso will be the 3A GSHL No. 2 seed and Evergreen will advance to the postseason as the league’s No. 3 seed. The Plainsmen finished the season with a 5-4 overall record, including 2-2 in GSHL action.

Class 2A

The two-time defending 2A state-champion Hockinson Hawks wrapped up the regular season with a lopsided win over Ridgefield Friday night. The Hawks finished the season with an 8-1 overall record and a perfect 6-0 mark in the 2A GSHL.

For the past three seasons, the numbers on the scoreboard have predominantly been considerably in Hockinson’s favor and this season was no different. Liam Mallory (10) provided just one of many highlights for the Hawks this season with this interception return for touchdown in a win over Washougal. Photo by Mike Schultz
For the past three seasons, the numbers on the scoreboard have predominantly been considerably in Hockinson’s favor and this season was no different. Liam Mallory (10) provided just one of many highlights for the Hawks this season with this interception return for touchdown in a win over Washougal. Photo by Mike Schultz

Hockinson will advance to the postseason as the league’s No. 1 seed. Ridgefield (5-4, 4-2) will advance to the postseason as the league’s No. 2 seed.

Class 1A

Once again, the La Center Wildcats sit alone atop the Trico League.

Quarterback Tom Lambert (6) is a key reason why the La Center Wildcats are undefeated this season. La Center won a wild game over Castle Rock Friday night, 42-39, to earn the Trico League championship and the Class 1A league’s No. 1 seed into the playoffs. Photo by Mike Schultz
Quarterback Tom Lambert (6) is a key reason why the La Center Wildcats are undefeated this season. La Center won a wild game over Castle Rock Friday night, 42-39, to earn the Trico League championship and the Class 1A league’s No. 1 seed into the playoffs. Photo by Mike Schultz

La Center earned the league championship with a wild, 42-39 victory at Castle Rock Friday night. The Wildcats finished 8-0 on the season and 4-0 in Trico League action. They will be the league’s No. 1 seed heading into the postseason.

King’s Way Christian will advance to the postseason as the Trico League’s No. 3 seed.

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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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