Winless Battle Ground to face Camas in Week 5

Tigers try to rebound after heartbreaking loss to district-rival Prairie

Battle Ground Tigers (0-4)

Week 1: Beaverton (Ore.) 46, Battle Ground 6

Week 2: Tualatin (Ore.) 53, Battle Ground 0

Week 3: Mountain View 55, Battle Ground 22

Week 4: Prairie 21, Battle Ground 20

Next: Camas at Battle Ground

This one could haunt the Tigers all season. They know they had this one. Battle Ground dominated the statistics, but fell a point short on the scoreboard.

Credit to the linemen:

A shout-out to the Battle Ground offensive line for leading the Tigers to 335 yards rushing. Austin Martin, Beckett Honeycutt, Drew Skolrud, Chase Bray, and Aksel Fridriksson were among the linemen who created the holes for that attack. In all, Battle Ground put up 382 yards of offense.

Running back Brock Robinson was amazing, too, finding those holes and breaking tackles on his way to 275 yards rushing.

Battle Ground’s Brock Robinson (21) moves to make a tackle in a game earlier this season with Mountain View. Robinson rushed for 275 yards in last week’s loss to Prairie. Photo by Mike Schultz
Battle Ground’s Brock Robinson (21) moves to make a tackle in a game earlier this season with Mountain View. Robinson rushed for 275 yards in last week’s loss to Prairie. Photo by Mike Schultz

Defense solid, too:

On the scoreboard, the Prairie Falcons scored three touchdowns. The Battle Ground defense is, in a way, responsible for only one of those scores.

Battle Ground tried a surprise onside kick. The surprise was on the Tigers, though. Prairie recovered it and ran it back for a touchdown.
Later a punt went awry, setting up Prairie in the red zone for a short touchdown drive.

Prairie was held to 55 yards through three quarters.

Coach Speak:

What did Mike Kesler learn about his team in Week 4? “That we can play hard and run the offense. I think our kids never gave up. Unfortunately on that last drive, we were in position to make some plays but just didn’t make them.”

MVP on offense: Brock Robinson. “He ran hard, and he ran through some would-be tacklers and just kept it going north and south,” Kesler said.

MVP on defense: Noah Barr. Middle linebacker was solid stopping the run.
Thoughts on Week 5 vs. Camas: “Continue to get better and play hard and believe in themselves,” Kesler said.

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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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