Fort Vancouver looks to get its offense started against Evergreen

Trappers have struggled to score so far this season

Fort Vancouver Trappers (0-5, 0-2 3A GSHL)

Week 1: King’s Way Christian 56, Fort Vancouver 0

Week 2: The Dalles (Ore.) 32, Fort Vancouver 0

Week 3: Hoquiam 49, Fort Vancouver 16

Week 4: Benson (Ore.) 18, Fort Vancouver 0

Week 5: Kelso 42, Fort Vancouver 0

Next: vs. Evergreen, 8 p.m. Friday at Kiggins Bowl

Another slow start for the Trappers, but there are “small successes” according to coach Steve Broussard.

Injury update:

James Durr, one of the top long snappers in his class in the Northwest went out with a scary looking injury last week. He left the field on a stretcher. His family reports he is doing better and is hopeful for a return to the field this season. The Trappers do not expect him to play this week, but this is good news.

Fort Vancouver is focusing on ‘small successes’ as the Trappers attempt to change the culture of the their football program. Photo by Paul Valencia
Fort Vancouver is focusing on ‘small successes’ as the Trappers attempt to change the culture of the their football program. Photo by Paul Valencia

Coach Speak:

What did Steve Broussard think about Week 5’s game? “We dig ourselves in a hole and then we’re digging back up hill. We gotta find a way to start faster, give ourselves a chance.”

MVP on defense: “I keep saying it every week,’’ Broussard said. “Nehemiah.” As in Nehemiah Polk-Rasheed.

Thoughts on Week 6 vs. Evergreen: “Give ourselves a chance,’’ Broussard said. “Don’t put ourselves out of it in the first quarter. Give ourselves a chance early and see what happens.”

Keep the focus: “Like I told our players, the results are still the same but you have to believe things are different,’’ Broussard said. “There are small successes. We still continue to play and fight until the end. I don’t see guys giving up. I don’t see guys quitting. For me, that speaks volumes. I know that things look the same, but there is some progress.”

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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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