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The league title is out of contention for the Woodland Beavers, but there’s plenty left to play for in the final weeks of the Greater St. Helens 2A League season. The biggest game of the remaining schedule comes this week, as the Beavers conclude its home slate with a contest against Washougal on Friday at Beaver Stadium.

At 1-2 in league play, the Beavers badly need a win this week to keep pace in league. Four teams make the playoffs, but with a crossover playoff against Evergreen Conference teams in Week 10 looming, teams are positioning themselves in hopes to avoid Tumwater and W.F. West.

Those two EvCo powers likely take the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds out of the league and will face GSHL’s No. 3 and No. 4. To avoid those teams, Woodland must leap to second-place before season’s end and a win this week against Washougal would leave Ridgefield and Mark Morris left and a potential 4-3 record.

That could be good enough to hop up the division, but with Columbia River yet to face MM or Ridgefield plus the head-to-head tiebreaker, the task ahead is arduous.

A good start has to come this week, as the Beavers try to shake off the inconsistency that’s plagued them and get things on track heading into the final weeks. Washougal enters at 5-1, but comes off a 41-7 loss to the classification’s No. 2-ranked Hockinson.

Prairie (2-4, 1-1 league) at Kelso (4-2, 1-1 league)

7 p.m. in Ed Laulainen Stadium at Schroeder Field

Last week: Mountain View 29, Kelso 23 (OT); Hudson’s Bay 16, Prairie 13

Players to watch:

Max McDaniel, RB, Kelso: McDaniel had 26 carries for 225 yards including TD gallops of 65 and 24 yards against Mountain View.

Jayson Maddux, QB, Hudson’s Bay: Maddux completed 7 of 18 passes for 69 yards and a TD against Prairie.

Outlook: In last week’s overtime loss, the Hilanders were marching to the end zone when an MV player stepped in front of a Quentin Nelson pass for the interception on the final play of regulation. In the extra session, another Nelson pass was intercepted on third down to end Kelso’s possession. Riley Noah caught four passes for 51 yards including a 17-yard TD strike.

Bay’s offense came out aggressive against Prairie as Maddux attempted six passes of 20 or more yards. The big play came in the fourth quarter when receiver Zach Wright took a lateral from Maddux and tossed it downfield to Nolan Mickenham who ran 63 yards until he was tackled near the end zone. Maddux’s 10-yard TD toss to Izaiah Ward in the fourth quarter was the game-winner.

Mark Morris (1-5, 1-3 league) at Hudson’s Bay (4-2, 1-2 league)

7 p.m. at Kiggins Bowl

Last week: Mark Morris 30, Ridgefield 27; Hudson’s Bay 16, Prairie 13

Players to watch:

Dawson Fritz, QB, Mark Morris: Fritz completed 12 of 19 passes for 101 yards and a touchdown, had the game-winning TD scamper in the closing minutes, ran for two two-point conversions and passed for another in the victory over Ridgefield.

Quadrese Teague, RB/DB, Hudson’s Bay: Teague grabbed a 14-yard scoring toss, and had a 1-yard pick-six against Prairie.

Outlook: The victory also ended MM’s losing skid at 15 games, going back to the Week 10 loss to Tumwater at the end of the 2015 season. Fritz also had 11 carries for 55 yards, and Noah Mejia added 22 rushes for 108 yards including a 2-yard TD dive. Hunter Byman added 12 carries for 50 yards including a 3-yard TD gallop, and Jack Shipley caught eight passes for 59 yards including a 4-yard TD grab in the first quarter.

Teague made an impressive debut in the Bay backfield, rushing 17 times for a game-high 122 yards and catching four passes for 40 yards, and his pick-six proved to be the game-winner. Two weeks ago, he returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in a 38-25 loss to Mountain View. His backfield mate, Marco Cadiz, had 20 touches for 69 yards, and caught four passes for 18 yards.

Ridgefield (1-5, 0-3 league) at R.A. Long (2-4, 1-2 league)

7 p.m. at Longview Memorial Stadium

Last week: Montesano 32, R.A. Long 10; Mark Morris 30, Ridgefield 27

Players to watch:

Owen Enriquez, QB, R.A. Long: Enriquez had a solid effort in the nonleague loss to Montesano.

Dawson Lieurance, QB, Ridgefield: Lieurance completed 12 of 17 passes for 206 yards, and had a 10-yard TD run against Mark Morris.

Outlook: The RAL offense struggled at Montesano, producing a field goal in the second quarter, and a 1-yard scoring dive in the fourth period. The Lumberjacks are trying to snap a three-game losing streak, with their last win coming against crosstown rival Mark Morris (35-8) in Week 3.

Ridgefield is on a 5-game losing skid after winning its season-opener with Castle Rock 41-0. The Spudders grabbed a 27-22 lead against Mark Morris with less than eight minutes left when Jeremy Martin returned a kickoff 84 yards to paydirt. The lead was short-lived as MM’s Dawson Fritz scored on a short run minutes later to ensure the Monarchs’ victory. Hunter Adams rushed for 67 yards including a 53-yard TD run, and Carter Pankow caught a 34-yard pass from Lieurance.

Castle Rock (1-5, 1-1 league) at Stevenson (4-1, 1-1 league)

7 p.m. Friday

Last week: Castle Rock 55, King’s Way 14; La Center 64, Stevenson 32

Players to watch:

Nathan Halladay, RB, Castle Rock: Halladay had 16 carries for 178 yards, including TD gallops of 4, 47 and 11 yards against King’s Way.

Brandon Connell, QB, Stevenson: Connell completed 15-25 passes for 292 yards and three TDs against La Center.

Outlook: The Rockets snapped their 7-game losing skid against King’s Way. Running back Nate Myklebust was also a workhorse for CR, collecting 10 carries for 103 yards including TD runs of 20 and 51 yards. He also snagged three passes for 56 yards. Brady Bach also got in on the scoring with a 37-yard pass reception from Seth Werly, with Caleb Mullen and Wyatt Partridge also scoring on short runs.

Stevenson’s pass-heavy offense was led by Lincoln Krog, who caught four passes for 116 yards, and had TD runs of 15 and 2 yards. Isaac Hoidal caught four passes for 70 yards, including TD grabs of 10 and 20 yards. Preston Lowry caught the Bulldogs’ other score with a 34-yard reception in the third quarter. Stevenson’s defense gave up 400 rushing yards to La Center.

Toutle Lake (2-4, 1-1 league) at Kalama (6-0, 2-0 league)

7 p.m. Friday at Beaver Stadium

Last week: Toutle Lake 33, Winlock 0; Kalama 35, Wahkiakum 2

Players to watch:

Asher VanHoof, RB, Toutle Lake: VanHoof ran 16 times for 134 yards, including TD scampers of 4, 3 and 3 yards against Winlock.

Alex Dyer, QB, Kalama: Dyer was 13-16 passing for 181 yards and three touchdowns against Wahkiakum.

Outlook: The top-ranked Chinooks had a balanced offense against Wahkiakum, passing for 181 yards and rushing for 181. Tucker Wetmore caught two TD passes and returned a pick-six 58 yards, and Jacob Herz added a 55-yard scoring reception and a 66-yard TD run. Herz finished with 75 rushing and 90 receiving yards, and Colby Hutchinson chipped in 73 rushing yards.

Last week for TL, it was the Asher VanHoof Show as he scored all of his touchdowns in the first half as the Ducks led 21-0 at halftime. Riley Kent returned a kickoff 95 yards in the third quarter, and Logan Grabenhorst added a 4-yard TD run in the fourth. TL ran for 265 of its 287 total yards, while the defense held Winlock to 152 yards.

Toledo (4-2, 2-0 league) at Wahkiakum (4-2, 1-1 league)

7 p.m. Friday

Last week: Toledo 50, Mossyrock 0; Kalama 35, Wahkiakum 2

Players to watch:

Keyton Wallace, RB, Toledo: Wallace had five carries for 177 yards including TD totes of 44 and 63 yards in the first quarter against Mossyrock.

James Anderson, RB, Wahkiakum: Anderson had 16 carries for 68 yards against Kalama.

Outlook: The Mules avoided the shutout against Kalama when they grounded the ball in the end zone in the fourth quarter for a safety. Zach Brown added 10 carries for 61 yards.

Toledo, which scored 37 points in the first quarter on five touchdowns and a safety, held Mosyrock to 11 total yards. Coleby Cherrington scored TDs on a 6-yard run and a 60-yard punt return, and Ethan Buck and Trace Bybee chipped in one TD apiece. The Indians’ defense earned a safety, and Fano Arceo-Hansen added a 60-yard pick-six.

Winlock (1-5, 0-2 league) at Mossyrock (0-6, 0-2 league)

7 p.m. Friday

Last week: Toutle Lake 33, Winlock 0; Toledo 50, Mossyrock 0

Player to watch:

Seth Lindsey, RB, Winlock: Lindsey had 16 carries for 66 yards against Toutle Lake.

Outlook: The Cardinals amassed all 152 of its total yards of offense on the ground, and five first downs against Toutle Lake. On defense, Winlock gave up 287 total yards. A Winlock victory would give the Cardinals two wins, matching their 2015 season with two games remaining.

The Vikings, who were held to 11 total yards against Toledo, have been shutout in five of their six games. They scored two touchdowns in a 52-16 loss to Pe Ell/Willapa Valley in Week 3. Mossyrock has allowed an average of 45.5 points per outing, including three games where it allowed 50 or more points.

Pe Ell/Willapa Valley (4-2, 2-0 league) at Ilwaco (3-3, 1-1 league)

7 p.m. Friday

Last week: Ilwaco 25, Raymond 7; Pe Ell/Willapa Valley 36, South Bend 12

Players to watch:

Brandon McMullen, RB, Ilwaco: McMullen ran for 173 yards including TD jaunts of 2 and 3 yards against Raymond.

Tyson Nissell, RB, Pe Ell/Willapa Valley: Nissell carried the ball 21 times for 168 yards including TD gallops of 1, 54 and 7 yards against South Bend.

Outlook: Ilwaco ran for 250 of its 265 total yards against Raymond. Ethan Personius completed 3-5 passes for 15 yards and a TD, and ran 13 yards for another score. McMullen has now rushed for 688 yards and seven TDs. The Fishermen defense held Raymond to 97 rushing yards and 156 total yards.

The Titans forced South Bend into four of its five fumbles in the first half, including three in the first five minutes. Andrew Minton picked up one of the fumbles and returned it 25 yards to the end zone. PWV’s defense allowed 171 yards of offense, while the Titans’ offense generated 344 total yards. Max Smith added 20 carries for 87 yards.

Mary M. Knight (4-2, 3-0 league) at Naselle (5-1, 4-0 league)

7 p.m. Friday

Last week: Naselle 60, State Deaf 14; Mary M. Knight 2, Wishkah Valley 0 (forfeit)

Player to watch:

Cole Dorman, QB, Naselle: Dorman was an efficient 10-13 for 160 yards and three TDs against State Deaf.

Outlook: For the second week in a row, Naselle beat a Coastal 1B opponent 60-14, with the other coming against Taholah. The trio of Josh Townsen, Donny Edwards and Jacob Eaton combined to catch seven passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns.

Two of the Owls’ league wins have come via forfeits over Wishkah Valley and Taholah. Mary M. Knight beat State Deaf 48-24 two weeks ago for its other league triumph.

Rainier (5-1) at Warrenton (1-5)

7 p.m. Friday

Last week: Rainier 43, The Dalles 0; Blanchet Catholic 41, Warrenton 10

Players to watch:

Joey Tripp, QB, Rainier: Tripp completed 9-13 passes for 231 yards and three TDs, and carried the ball 13 times for 136 yards against The Dalles.

Jacob Morrow, QB, Warrenton: Morrow completed 7-18 passes for 133 yards and a TD against Blanchet Catholic.

Outlook: The second-ranked Columbians’ offense was in stride against The Dalles, and the defense stepped-up to pitch its first shutout of the season. Rainier held The Dalles to 69 passing and minus-2 yards rushing. Andrew Gladfelder, a special-teams player, stepped into the defense and collected five quarterback sacks, and Easton Crape added three sacks.

The Warriors have been held to 10 or fewer points in four nonleague games, including a 41-0 shutout to 2A Knappa in the season-opener. Giovanni Martinez caught three passes for 91 yards including a 79-yard TD toss, and Gabe Breitmeyer booted a 36-yard field goal against Blanchet Catholic. Warrenton was also whistled for 13 penalties for 93 yards.

Portland Christian (0-6) at Clatskanie (5-1)

7 p.m. Friday

Last week: Clatskanie 26, St. Mary’s-Medford 7; Corbett 48, Portland Christian 18

Player to watch:

Cooper Blodgett, QB, Clatskanie: Blodgett completed 6-12 passes for 175 yards and four TDs against St. Mary’s-Medford.

Outlook: The eighth-ranked Tigers have allowed 13.2 points per game, including a solid defensive effort against St. Mary’s-Medford. Blodgett snagged an interception, Foster Evenson and Jesse Norgren each recovered a fumble, and Kees Tjaarda had three pass defenses and six tackles. Offensively, J’Kari Combs snagged TD passes of 49 and 58 yards, with Bryce Puckett and Sam Shockley each grabbing a scoring toss.

Portland Christian has been outscored by an average of 47.3-16.7 in its six nonleague losses to a mix of Oregon 2A and 4A teams. Last week, the Royals held Corbett to seven points in the first half, but allowed the Cardinals to score six TDs in the second half.


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