Woodland looks forward to annual clash with La Center

Woodland Beavers

Beavers hope to rebound after Week 1 loss to Kalama

Week 1: Kalama 26, Woodland 14
Week 2: La Center at Woodland, 7 p.m. Friday

The Beavers had their opportunities but never led in their Week 1 matchup. Oh, and an offensive lineman gets picked by the coach as the team’s MVP. Gotta give the guys up front some love.

(Note: Woodland was one of two teams I did not get a chance to watch, which is why this report will be brief. I expect to be able to watch future Woodland games. And I did get these notes from coach Mike Woodward.)

Woodland will play host to La Center on the Beavers’ home field Friday. Photo by Mike Schultz
Woodland will play host to La Center on the Beavers’ home field Friday. Photo by Mike Schultz

Coach Speak:

What did Mike Woodward learn about his team in Week 1? “All eleven have to execute in order to be successful. We had the right attitude and effort, but we were sloppy and we paid for it.”

Coach’s pick for MVP on offense: Offensive lineman Alex Wakefield. Graded out as the highest of Woodland’s linemen in Week 1. Did an excellent job in both the run game and pass protection. It was his debut as a varsity player.

Coach’s pick for MVP on defense: Sometimes, when a quarterback is just too good of an athlete, he must play defense, too. Wyatt Harsh is Woodland’s pick for the MVP on defense. The defensive back had a strong night in coverage and with his tackling. “An absolute warrior for us on both sides of the ball all night,” Woodward said.  

Thoughts on Week 2: “La Center is always an exciting rivalry for us,’’ Woodward said. “We have to slow down their run game to have a chance. I’m confident our kids will step up to the challenge.”

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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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