League-champion Hockinson can complete undefeated regular season

Hawks to play host to R.A. Long Friday

Hockinson Hawks (8-0, 5-0 2A GSHL)

Week 1: Hockinson 42, La Center 6

Week 2: Hockinson 42, Prairie 6

Week 3: Hockinson 49, Woodland 27

Week 4: Hockinson 42, Ridgefield 15

Week 5: Hockinson 46, Mark Morris 0

Week 6: Hockinson 41, Washougal 7

Week 7: Hockinson 42, Columbia River 14
Week 8: Hockinson 56, Hoquiam 3
Next: vs. R.A. Long, 7 p.m. Friday at Hockinson High School

The Hawks made it eight in a row in 2017 with a non-league victory. They return to 2A GSHL play in Week 9, hoping to secure an undefeated regular season.

It hasn’t been easy for opposing teams to slow down Hockinson this season. Here, running back Colton Wheeler (44) attempts to elude the grasp of a Washougal’s Nathan Tofell (10) in a game earlier this season. Photo by Mike Schultz
It hasn’t been easy for opposing teams to slow down Hockinson this season. Here, running back Colton Wheeler (44) attempts to elude the grasp of a Washougal’s Nathan Tofell (10) in a game earlier this season. Photo by Mike Schultz

Did not get a chance to see the Hoquiam game, but here are some notes courtesy Hockinson coach Rick Steele:

Thoughts on Week 8’s performance: “Dominated on both sides of the ball,’’ Steele said. “We took this game very seriously even though it was a non-league game. We got after them right from the get-go. It was over early. Kids played well.”

MVPs on offense: “How about the offensive line as a unit,’’ Steele said. “They have been working their tails off all year. Great game for them.”

MVP on defense: Jonathon Domingos. “He was all over the field for us from his linebacker spot,’’ Steele said. “Tackles, sacks, several for loss. He had a great game.”

Thoughts on Week 9 vs. R.A. Long: “We want to finish this league battle on a high note,’’ Steele said. “Still lots of stuff to clean up, but we are a good football team. As the coach, I can’t be happy till all the games are over. We can get better, and we will. R.A. Long has quality running backs and a dangerous quarterback. We will get their best game. We need to give them ours. Good way to head into the playoffs.”

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