Mountain View football standout Darien Chase announces he’s headed to Union

VANCOUVER — Darien Chase, who has scored at least one touchdown in his last 11 varsity high school football games at Mountain View, announced on social media Wednesday that he will be playing football at Union High School this fall.

Darien Chase (3) is shown here while playing football for Mountain View last fall. Chase announced on Wednesday that he will be playing in the fall at Union High School. Photo by Mike Schultz
Darien Chase (3) is shown here while playing football for Mountain View last fall. Chase announced on Wednesday that he will be playing in the fall at Union High School. Photo by Mike Schultz

Chase, a wide receiver and defensive back who is considered one of the top recruits in the Northwest for the Class of 2019, said he and his family are in the “transition” of moving to Union.

Mountain View coach and athletic director Adam Mathieson told ClarkCountyToday.com that is the message he has received.

Union coach and athletic director Rory Rosenbach said he has no comment about someone who is not a student at his high school.

Chase scored touchdowns in all 10 games he played in for the Thunder in 2016. He missed the team’s state playoff game due to injury. His touchdown streak goes back to the team’s final game of his freshman season.

“I will always appreciate the love and support Mountain View has provided for me,” Chase wrote in a message he posted on Twitter. “I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me up to this point, especially the coaching staff and I wish the Mountain View football program the best of luck next year.

“But next year I will play my junior season at Union High School.”

Already a prospect after his freshman season, Chase “arrived” in the first game of his sophomore season, catching seven passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns. Plus he had two interceptions, one he returned for a touchdown.

Mountain View would go on to win the Class 3A Greater St. Helens League title and also won the Week 10 state preliminary round playoff to reach the state playoffs.

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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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