Week 7 • HS football reports: 2A GSHL and Trico

Hockinson HawksWoodland BeaversColumbia River ChieftainsWashougal PanthersRidgefield Spudders

Game of the week: Woodland at Columbia River

Columbia River Chieftains (5-2, 4-1 2A GSHL)

Week 7: Columbia River

Next: vs. Woodland, 7 p.m. Friday at Columbia River High School

Going into final two weeks of regular season: The Chieftains might have two games left but only one really matters. It matters big time. This week is Woodland. Winner will be the No. 2 seed from the Class 2A Greater St. Helens League. The Chieftains will finish the regular season with a non-league game. That makes things simple for the Chieftains. Win this week, and they are No. 2. Lose, and they will finish 4-2 in league and be the third seed.

Against Woodland: “We need to consistently execute on offense and try to control 21,” River coach Christian Swain said.

Jackson Fobbs, shown here earlier this season, was one of several Columbia River Chieftains to score last week as the Chieftains put up 55 points. Columbia River takes on Woodland this week. Photo by Mike Schultz

Of course, he was referring to No. 21, Tyler Flanagan, Woodland’s do-it-all quarterback who has put up video game numbers all season.

The Chieftains go into this game with some momentum, breaking out on offense for pretty much the first time since Week 1 with a 55-point outburst against R.A. Long.

“We’re finally getting things clicking on offense a little bit, so that was good,” Swain said.

The Chieftains do not have one go-to guy necessarily. They use two quarterbacks, four running backs, and several receivers. But together, along with a very tough defense, thing are working to the tune of an overall 5-2 record.

Woodland (6-1, 3-1, 2A GSHL)

Week 7: Woodland 42, Ridgefield 21

Next: at Columbia River, 7 p.m. Friday

Going into final two weeks …: The Beavers have an interesting finish to their regular season. If they win Friday against Columbia River, they will secure the No. 2 seed from the 2A GSHL. However, if they lose, they might then need a victory in Week 9 over Mark Morris to make the playoffs. The Beavers want to make things easier on themselves and lock in a playoff spot this week.

Against Columbia River: “This is a signature game for our team,” Woodland coach Mike Woodward said. “Obvious playoff seeding implications but more importantly the status of our program. While we’re certainly not over-confident, this is the first time we’ve ever felt like we’re not the underdogs against River. This is a team that our school has never beat.”

Woodland quarterback Tyler Flanagan has more than 1,400 yards passing and 1,200 yards rushing this season. The Beavers take on Columbia River this week in a crucial 2A GSHL contest. Photo by Mike Schultz
Woodland quarterback Tyler Flanagan has more than 1,400 yards passing and 1,200 yards rushing this season. The Beavers take on Columbia River this week in a crucial 2A GSHL contest. Photo by Mike Schultz

Woodward knows all about Columbia River’s rich football history. He competed against the Chieftains when he played for Battle Ground.

“A victory for our program on Friday night could have an impact on our school and give us confidence in so many ways, and not just football, for many days ahead,” Woodward said.

Undefeated Hockinson returns to football after bye

Hockinson Hawks (6-0, 4-0 2A GSHL)

Week 7: Bye

Next: at Washougal, 7 p.m. Friday

Going into final two weeks …: The top-ranked team in all of Class 2A football in the state will be looking to extend its win streak to 21 games this week and finish out the regular season with 22 in a row before heading into the playoffs. Yes, we know, technically, the Hawks have to win one game to lock in a playoff spot, but confidence is high that will happen. In theory, if the Hawks lose two games there could be a four-way tie for first place. Don’t bet on it.

On a roll: The Hawks are so good, their non-league opponent scheduled for Week 7 decided it was better to just call off the game. That news came even before the season. Attempts to find another Week 7 opponent did not work out. Instead, Hockinson went bowling:

Washougal gives itself a shot at winning season

Washougal Panthers (4-3, 2-2 2A GSHL)

Week 7: Washougal 25, Mark Morris 22

Next: vs. Hockinson, 7 p.m. Friday at Washougal High School

Going into final two weeks …: The Panthers, a young squad, have felt the sting of close league losses this season to Columbia River and Woodland (by a combined four points) but they also have learned to close out close games with wins over Ridgefield and Mark Morris. Now they will take that experience into their final two games of the season. No one expects the Panthers to beat top-ranked Hockinson this week. But what a story to tell if it does happen. Even if Washougal loses to Hockinson, the Panthers will have a shot at a winning season with a Week 9 matchup against R.A. Long. That would be three regular seasons in a row with at a winning record.

Improved Ridgefield will get a week off

Ridgefield Spudders (3-4, 1-4 2A GSHL)

Week 7: Woodland 42, Ridgefield 21

Week 8: Bye

Next: vs. Hockinson, Week 9

Going into final two weeks …: The Spudders lost a non-league game off their schedule, which will give them two weeks to prepare for the hottest team in Southwest Washington. Not exactly the way Ridgefield wanted to finish the season, of course, but even if the team finishes at 3-5, it has shown a lot of progress. A year ago, the team lost its last eight games. This season, three wins total, including two shutouts, and a couple of close losses.

King’s Way Christian KnightsLa Center WildcatsSeton Catholic Cougars

La Center still thinking big in Trico League

La Center Wildcats (2-5, 2-1 Trico League)

Week 7: La Center 48, Seton Catholic 14

Next: at Columbia-White Salmon, 7 p.m. Friday

Going into final two weeks …: The overall record is what it is. The league record, though, shows that there is still a chance at a share of a league title, and definitely still a chance for a playoff spot. La Center has a must-win game this week against White Salmon if the Wildcats want a shot ending up tied for first place. A win would also lock in at least a tie for playoff position. No matter what happens this week, though, there could be another huge game in Week 9 vs. Castle Rock.

Seton Catholic look to play spoiler, maybe get a winning season, too

Seton Catholic Cougars (3-4, 0-3 Trico League)

Week 7: La Center 48, Seton Catholic 14

Next: at Castle Rock 7 p.m. Friday

Going into final two weeks …: An 0-3 start to league play is a bummer for the Cougars but they still have a shot at a winning overall record. They could play spoiler this week by topping Castle Rock, a team still in playoff contention. Seton Catholic will finish the regular season with cross-town rival King’s Way Christian.

King’s Way Christian plays tough during tough stretch of schedule

King’s Way Christian Knights (2-5, 0-3 Trico League)

Week 7: Columbia-White Salmon 34, King’s Way Christian 14

Next: at Stevenson, 7 p.m. Friday

Going into final two weeks …: King’s Way played tough for a while against one first-place team last week. Now the Knights get the other undefeated league team this week. They understand the odds are against them, but they expect to compete again. The Knights will finish with a Week 9 game against Seton Catholic. That game will not be for any playoff spot, but it will be a big deal for both programs.


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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