La Center looks to follow first win with a victory over Hoquiam

Wildcats coming off Week 3 win over Ridgefield

La Center Wildcats (1-2)

Week 1: Hockinson 42, La Center 6

Week 2: Woodland 35, La Center 28

Week 3: La Center 35, Ridgefield 7

Next: Hoquiam at La Center, 7 p.m. Friday

The Wildcats put offense and defense together in this one, earning their first win of the season.

Turnover, then touchdown:

La Center had a great drive going on its opening possession. Then there was an unforced turnover.

No problem for the Wildcats. The defense got the ball right back, and La Center went on a 46-yard scoring drive. All power, too. A few yards here, a few more there. Touchdown.

 

La Center’s defense held Ridgefield to just 7 points in Week 3. Several Wildcats defenders are shown here swarming a Hockinson ball carrier earlier this season. Photo by Mike Schultz
La Center’s defense held Ridgefield to just 7 points in Week 3. Several Wildcats defenders are shown here swarming a Hockinson ball carrier earlier this season. Photo by Mike Schultz

 

A play-caller’s dream:

Nothing like getting nine yards on a first-down play. That is how La Center got in position to take a 14-0 lead in the third quarter. A gain of nine allows a coach to come up with whatever he wants on the next play.

Depending on the situation, a run up the gut just to ensure another first down is the play. Some go with a safe pass. Or maybe a sweep, to see if something breaks. Of course, one option is to go deep, too. Incomplete pass does not hurt too much.

The entire playbook is available.

La Center took advantage, went deep, and Hayden Williamson found Evan Honore for a 54-yard play, setting up the next touchdown.

Defense and offense:

Still in the third quarter, up 14-0, La Center’s Clint Smith pressured the quarterback into a bad throw, an incomplete pass on third down.

Ridgefield punted, and a few plays later, Smith was rewarded on offense.

He was not the intended receiver, but the ball was tipped right to Smith, who caught the ball and waltzed into the end zone for a 38-yard touchdown from Williamson.

That pretty much ended any hope for Ridgefield.

Coach Speak:

What did John Lambert learn about his team in Week 3?
Due to injuries, we have been searching for a RB that fit our traditional RB for our offense. We found that Collin Namanny is going to be that player. (Namanny) and Wyatt Dodson will make a great 1-2 punch when (Dodson) recovers fully from injury.”

MVP on offense:
Collin Namanny. “Hard-running, fast, physical back.”

MVP on defense:
Hayden Williamson. Had an interception and got his hands on many other passes.

Thoughts on Week 4 vs. Hoquiam:
Hoquiam is 2-1 and has a strong tradition of football. The return of (La Center’s) Thomas Dreyer from injury should have impact in this game with his speed and ability to play multiple positions.

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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