Seton Catholic hopes to christen new home with a victory

Seton Catholic Cougars

Cougars to play their first game on their home field Saturday

Week 1: Seton Catholic 49, Toledo (Ore.) 18

Week 2: Charles Wright at Seton Catholic, 1:30 p.m. Saturday

The Cougars had about a day or so to prepare for Toledo after a last-week schedule change. I’d say they did OK.

(This was a game I was not able to view, but it is my hope I will be able to watch future Seton Catholic games.)

A real home game:

Seton Catholic will play its first real home game Saturday. The program has never had a home field … until this year.

Seton Catholic will meet Charles Wright Saturday in the first home game for the Cougars at their field in Vancouver. Photo by Mike Schultz
Seton Catholic will meet Charles Wright Saturday in the first home game for the Cougars at their field in Vancouver. Photo by Mike Schultz

Coach Speak:

What did Will Ephraim learn about his team from Week 1? “We’ve learned that mental preparation during the week is key,’’ Ephraim said. “We really worked on focusing for this game after Friday Harbor cancellation. We only had one day to prepare for Toledo due to no practice on Tuesday due to bad air quality.”

Coach’s pick for MVP on offense: Running backs Taj Muhammad and Jonathan Stell. “Both demonstrated great vision and quickness,” Ephraim said.

Coach’s pick for MVP on defense: Aiden Kirby. “Made several key tackles and always seemed to be at the right place at the right time,’’ Ephraim said. “Relentless pursuit.”

Thoughts on Week 2: “Charles Wright seems to be an almost mirror image of us,’’ Ephraim said. “Good quarterback and receivers that could give us a lot of trouble.”

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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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