High school football season arrives

Paul Valencia
Paul Valencia
Reporter

Official practice started in mid-August.

But you would be foolish to think football practice started then. It has been going on since spring drills in June. Or weight training in January. Or the day after the last game ended last season.

Of course, that would mean one team — Camas — got a real late start to this season because the Papermakers played into December last season.

No matter when preparation started, the real thing starts tonight. And there are a whole lot more games Friday. And one Saturday, too.

Yes, it is actually here: The 2017 high school football season.

I’ll wait to finish writing this story until after the angels have stopped singing.

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Oh yes, it is football season.

Kiggins Bowl will get to open this season when Fort Vancouver hosts King’s Way Christian in a non-league game Thursday night. Not going to try to spin this one into a clash of giants, but it is The Game of The Day for Clark County. And it is special for the Trappers and Knights.

All games are special. Week 1 just brings another thrill. After all, every dream is still alive going into Week 1. The journey can begin.

Friday night, 15 more Clark County teams will play their first games.

Mountain View has to wait until Saturday. The Thunder will have an afternoon game at McKenzie Stadium.

We have made it. The date on the calendar has arrived. It is football season. Week 1 of the 2017 high school season in Washington begins now. Photo by Mike Schultz
We have made it. The date on the calendar has arrived. It is football season. Week 1 of the 2017 high school season in Washington begins now. Photo by Mike Schultz

All Week 1 games involving Clark County teams are non-league contests. Here are a few featured games for Friday:

Camas vs. Central Catholic in Hillsboro, 7:30 p.m.: The defending Washington state champs go up against one of Oregon’s top programs. Camas also heads to Oregon on a 50-game regular-season win streak. The Papermakers have not lost in September or October since 2011.

Sunset vs. Skyview at Kiggins Bowl, 8 p.m.: The Storm’s first chance to send a message that they really are in position to take over the Class 4A Greater St. Helens League.

Hermiston vs. Union at McKenzie Stadium, 4:30 p.m.: The Titans have plenty of talent coming back, plus new talent that they cannot wait to show off for their fans.

Columbia River vs. Evergreen at McKenzie Stadium, 7:30 p.m.: The second of two games at McKenzie, these two teams went to overtime last season.

Hockinson at La Center, 7 p.m.: The battle of two league champions from a year ago. The 2A GSHL champion Hawks beat the Trico champ Wildcats in Week 1 last year.

To get you more prepared for the season, head to ClarkCountyToday.com’s links to a feature on every team in the county.

Click for the 4A GSHL
Click for the 3A GSHL
Click for the 2A GSHL
Click for the Trico League

Thursday

Team   Team Time
King’s Way Christian at Fort Vancouver at Kiggins Bowl 7 p.m.

Friday

Team   Team Time
Hermiston (Ore.) at Union at McKenzie Stadium  4:30 p.m.
Columbia River at Evergreen at McKenzie Stadium  7:30 p.m.
LaSalle (Ore.) at Hudson’s Bay at Kiggins Bowl  5 p.m.
Sunset (Ore.) at Skyview at Kiggins Bowl  8 p.m.
Camas at Central Catholic (Ore.) at Hillsboro Stadium  7 p.m.
Heritage at Prairie at District Stadium  7 p.m.
Battle Ground at Beaverton (Ore.)  7 p.m.
Hockinson at La Center  7 p.m.
Washougal at West Seattle  7 p.m.
Woodland at Kalama  7 p.m.
Ridgefield at Castle Rock  7 p.m.
Seton Catholic at Toledo (Ore.)  7 p.m.

Saturday

Team   Team Time
Ferris at Mountain View at McKenzie Stadium 2 p.m.


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About The Author

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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