Woodland gets back into Class 2A playoff picture with win over Washougal

Beavers to face Ridgefield in Week 8

Woodland Beavers (3-4, 2-2 2A GSHL)

Week 1: Kalama 26, Woodland 14
Week 2: Woodland 35, La Center 28
Week 3: Hockinson 49, Woodland 27
Week 4: Hudson’s Bay 16, Woodland 15
Week 5: Woodland 27, R.A. Long 20
Week 6: Columbia River 19, Woodland 13, OT
Week 7: Woodland 20, Washougal 7

Next: at Ridgefield, 7 p.m. Friday

The Woodland Beavers got the best of Washougal this season, giving themselves a huge lift in pursuit of a playoff berth.

Flanagan is healthy:

Tyler Flanagan, one of the best athletes in the region, got hurt way back in Week 3. He had not been the same since then, as his ankle was slow to heal.

In Week 7, he looked more and more like Tyler Flanagan.

He got 27 carries on offense, plus four more touches as a receiver, combining for 159 yards from scrimmage. He also scored two touchdowns.

“To see Tyler back in there, pretty much 100 percent, running like that, it was nice,” Woodland quarterback Wyatt Harsh said.

Quite the adjustment:

Woodland used the pass to set up the run in the first half. Harsh was 15 of 21 for 199 yards in the first half. The Beavers scored on three runs.

In the second half, Harsh only attempted five passes. The Beavers rushed for 107 yards in the second half.

Funny stat:

Quarterback Wyatt Harsh became receiver Wyatt Harsh on the same play. And it was not a trick play.

Harsh’s pass was deflected at the line of scrimmage, then Harsh caught the ball and gained seven yards.

If you are scoring at home, that is 1 pass attempt, 1 pass complete, 7 yards passing for Harsh. Oh, and it’s 1 pass caught and 7 yards receiving for, yes, Harsh.


Woodland running back Tyler Flanagan (21) had 159 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns in the Beavers’ win over Washougal last week. Photo by Mike Schultz
Woodland running back Tyler Flanagan (21) had 159 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns in the Beavers’ win over Washougal last week. Photo by Mike Schultz


The drive:

It is rare for the drive of the game to be one that does not score any points. But it happened Friday for the Beavers. It was the fourth quarter, and the Beavers did not need points. They needed the clock to run.

Woodland got the ball with 7:19 to play, starting first-and-15 at its own 15-yard line after a penalty. Then the Beavers did this:

Flanagan run for 6 yards.

Flanagan run for 3 yards.

Harsh keeper for 8 yards and a third-down conversion.

Flanagan run for 4 yards.

Flanagan run for 9 yards and a first down.

Flanagan run for 2 yards.

Flanagan run for 11 yards and a first down.

Flanagan run for 3 yards.

Flanagan run for 3 yards.

Flanagan run for 1 yard.

Flanagan run for 1 yard, loss of downs.

Yes, the Beavers lost the ball on downs, but it was a very successful drive.

Washougal got the ball back, trailing by 13 points, with 1:57 left in the game.

Coach Speak:

What did Mike Woodward think of Week 7’s performance? “Still alive for that 2-seed. Good to have the passing game first half and the run game in the second. Time to put both together throughout a game. We’ve had 400 yards in the last three games but still aren’t putting enough points on the board. Hopefully we can get out of that funk shortly and put things together against Ridgefield.”

MVP on offense: Tyler Flanagan. Yes, he’s back.

MVP on defense: Brock Murray, linebacker. Seven solo tackles, three assists.


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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