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Kalama-Toledo football

Toledo's Fano Arceo-Hansen gives the Indians an aerial threat in a typical ground and pound. 

It seems more often than not when Toledo and Kalama square off in the regular season, there’s league title implications.

That’s the case again Friday night, when Chinook Stadium plays host to the two teams most consider among the three favorites to bring home the Southwest 2B League River Division title.

“Since I’ve been here, we’ve always processed it and thought of it as the league championship,” said Kalama coach Sean McDonald, before adding in Wahkiakum to the mix for this season. “The kids know what’s at stake this week.”

It’s again a mismatch of styles, as Toledo (2-3) turns to the ground and pound the Indians have thrived on since they were a football program. Kalama (3-2) operates a high-octane spread led by AP 2B All-State Player of the Year Alex Dyer. Whomever imposes their style likely wins.

“If they can cover us, it’ll be a good game. If we can stop their run, it’ll be a good game,” McDonald said. “If one of us can’t do that, it’ll be a runaway for the other team.”

Both teams enter after grueling nonleague slates, which included similar opponents of Napavine and Adna. (Kalama went 1-1 against those two, Toledo was 0-2). It’s prepped the sides for the war that this game often is.

“I’m stoked, and excited to go on Friday night,” McDonald said.

Kelso (5-0, 1-0 league) at Evergreen (3-2, 1-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday at McKenzie Stadium

LAST WEEK

Kelso 34, Prairie 18; Evergreen 45, Fort Vancouver 0

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Josh Webb, RB/LB, Kelso: Webb rushed for 182 yards including TD gallops of 45, 60 and 40 yards. On defense, he had three sacks and an interception.

Eli Vaa-LeiaTaua, RB, Evergreen: Vaa-LeiaTaua returned the opening kickoff 64 yards which set up his 16-yard TD gallop, and added a 2-yard scoring dive, all in the first quarter against Fort Vancouver.

Kelso Outlook: The Hilanders defense held Prairie to 19 rushing yards, while the offense rushed for 324 of its 423 total yards. Quarterback Marshall Coleman completed 4-9 passes for 99 yards including TD passes of 15 yards to Riley Noah, and 27 yards to Jayden Hardeman. Noah caught three passes for 72 yards, and Coleman rushed 16 times for 81 yards.

Evergreen Outlook: Evergreen quarterbacks Rayn Preston and Ryan Blaize combined to pass for 202 yards. Preston was 5-5 for 127 yards including a 61-yard scoring strike to Luke Allen, and Blaize was 5-7 for 75 yards including a 25-yard scoring toss to Zyell Griffin. Vaa-LeiaTaua led the Plainsmen’s ground attack with 12 carries for 85 yards. Trent Hemann had nine carries for 69 yards.

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

7 p.m. Friday at Longview Memorial Stadium

LAST WEEK

Elma 33, R.A. Long 15; Washougal 35, Ridgefield 19

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Owen Enriquez, QB, R.A. Long: Enriquez completed 11 of 28 passes for 116 yards and two scores, and caught a 37-yard pass from Tanner Rybnikar against Elma.

Hunter Abrams, QB, Ridgefield: Abrams completed 5-14 passes for 123 yards and two TDs, and rushed 23 times for 104 yards, all against Washougal.

R.A. Long Outlook: Mark Evans caught four passes for 41 yards including a 27-yard scoring toss from Enriquez, and Seth Klander had four catches for 64 yards including a 20 yard scoring strike from Enriquez. Running backs Tyler Herr, Saige Raymond and center Brady Maggs left last week’s ballgame with injuries. The Jacks are also without tight end Jacob Thompson, who broke his hand earlier in the season.

Ridgefield Outlook: Brock Harrison caught a 51-yard scoring strike from Abrams, and a 3-yard scoring strike from Tanner Roberts, who completed 5-7 passes for 27 yards. Harrison caught five passes for 70 yards, and Jimmy Wallace caught three passes for 75 yards including a 37-yard scoring strike from Abrams. Washougal also forced Ridgefield into losing two fumbles and throwing two interceptions.

Mark Morris (3-2, 1-1 league) at Hockinson (5-0, 3-0)

7 p.m. Friday at Nautilus Stadium in Hockinson

LAST WEEK

Columbia River 14, Mark Morris 13; Hockinson 42, Woodland 27

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Cole Busch, QB, Mark Morris: Busch came off the bench to complete 5 of 9 passes for 60 yards including a 3-yard TD toss to Keoni Makaiwi against Columbia River.

Levi Crum, QB, Hockinson: Crum completed 25-35 passes for 329 yards and four TDs, and rushed 13 times for 135 yards and a score against Woodland.

Mark Morris Outlook: A missed extra point by the Monarchs was the difference between winning and losing in last week’s game with Columbia River. Willie Harris, who rushed six times for 30 yards, had a 2-yard TD jaunt in the first half against River. Jack Shipley caught four passes for 74 yards, and Dawson Fritz had two catches for 14 yards, and completed 3-5 tosses for 39 yards.

Hockinson Outlook: Hockinson has won 19 consecutive games. Sawyer Racanelli led the top-ranked Hawks’ aerial attack with eight catches for 140 yards, including TD catches of 4 and 26 yards. He also had a 2-yard TD dive. Peyton Brammer snagged six passes for 104 yards including TD tosses of 26 and 27 yards, and Nick Fritchl had four catches for 49 yards.

Woodland (4-1) at Montesano (5-0)

7 p.m. Friday at Jack Rottle Field in Montesano

LAST WEEK

Hockinson 42, Woodland 27; Montesano 40, Forks 0

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Tyler Flanagan, QB, Woodland: Flanagan completed 15 of 26 passes for 168 yards and two TDs, and rushed 21 times for 185 yards and two scores against Hockinson.

Sam Winter, RB/LB, Montesano: Winter caught passes for 80 yards including a 7-yard scoring strike, and had a 40 yard pick-6 against Forks.

Woodland Outlook: Flanagan had rushing scores of 12 and 65 yards, and completed two TD passes to Kenyon Guy for 8 and 12 yards. Guy caught four passes for 28 yards, Christian Yager had six catches for 65 yards, and Wyatt Wooden caught two passes for 45 yards.

Montesano Outlook: The Bulldogs’ offense amassed 296 total yards against Forks, and the Montesano defense collected five takeaways and held the Spartans to 140 yards on the ground. Quarterback Shaydon Farmer was a perfect 12-12 passing for 142 yards, including TD tosses of 37 yards to Braden Dohrman, 17 yards to Trace Woodway, and 7 yards to Winter. Farmer also rushed for a score. Teegan Zillyet led the Bulldogs’ ground attack with 12 carries for 143 yards and a touchdown.

Castle Rock (1-4, 0-1 league) at King’s Way (2-3, 0-1)

7 p.m. Friday in Vancouver

LAST WEEK

White Salmon 19, Castle Rock 14; La Center 41, King’s Way 12

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Wyatt Partridge, RB, Castle Rock: Partridge rushed 24 times for 128 yards including TD gallops of 3 and 26 yards against White Salmon.

Kemper Schrock, QB, King’s Way: Schrock completed 20-34 passes for 262 yards, including TD passes of 23 yards to Bryson Metz, and 12 yards to Mason Packer against La Center.

Castle Rock Outlook: Brady Bach, along with two linemen, were taken off the field last week for injuries. It’s unknown if any will be available this week. The Rockets were held to 254 total yards, while allowing White Salmon 312 total yards.

King’s Way Outlook: The Knights’ ground game was nearly non-existent against La Center, with Gage Koenders leading them with 12 carries for 23 yards. He also caught four passes for 27 yards. Metz caught passes for 122 yards in the first half and finished with 173 aerial yards.

Winlock (1-4, 0-1 league) at Mossyrock (2-3, 0-1)

7 p.m. Friday in Mossyrock

LAST WEEK

Kalama 62, Winlock 8; Wahkiakum 58, Mossyrock 21

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Noah Patching, WR, Winlock: Patching caught a pass for 75 yards against Kalama.

TJ Villanueva, QB, Mossyrock: Villanueva completed 5-10 passes for 270 yards, including TD tosses of 50 yards to Aiden Weist, and 60 and 17 yards to Nick Fried.

Winlock Outlook: The Cardinals were held to one first down and 89 total offensive yards, including 82 through the air. Defensively, Winlock gave up 523 total yards to Kalama, including 328 through the air. Everado Garcia scored the Cardinals’ touchdown on a 1-yard run in the second quarter.

Mossyrock Outlook: The Vikings passed for 270 of their 345 total yards against Wahkiakum, while allowing the Mules to rush for 260 yards and pass for 190. Mossyrock was also intercepted three times, and lost a fumble.

Wahkiakum (2-3, 1-0 league) at Toutle Lake (0-5, 0-1)

7 p.m. Friday in Toutle

LAST WEEK

Wahkiakum 58, Mossyrock 21; Toledo 53, Toutle Lake 0

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Riley Kent, RB, Toutle Lake: Kent had 22 carries for 40 yards against Toledo.

Luke Brown, QB/DB, Wahkiakum: Brown completed 7 of 11 passes for 170 yards and three TDs, rushed for a score, and intercepted two Mossyrock passes.

Toutle Lake Outlook: The Ducks were held to 62 total yards against Toledo, while allowing the Indians 386 total yards. Chase Hadaller completed 2-7 passes for 16 yards, including a 15-yard toss to Logan Grabenhorst.

Wahkiakum Outlook: The Mules rushed for 348 of their 518 total yards against Mossyrock. Quentin Nelson rushed seven times for 134 yards, Chance Cothren had five touches for 137 yards, and James Anderson added a 17-yard TD gallop. Defensively, Ashden Niemeyer added a 10-yard pick-six in the third quarter.

Ilwaco (4-1, 3-0 league) at Ocosta (4-0, 2-0 league)

7 p.m. Friday in Westport, Wash.

LAST WEEK

Ilwaco 49, North Beach 14; Ocosta BYE

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Jeb Sheldon, WB, Ilwaco: Sheldon caught four passes for 145 yards, including TD tosses of 63 and 60 yards, and rushed six times for 22 yards including scoring jaunts of 7, 1 and 5 yards against North Beach two weeks ago.

Kobe Beck, RB, Ocosta: Beck rushed for 157 of his 275 total offensive yards, and scampered to a pair of TDs against North Beach.

Ilwaco Outlook: Ethan Personius completed 7-11 passes for 267 yards. Besides his two scoring tosses to Sheldon, he also completed TD passes of 63 and 35 yards to Parker Kaech, who caught three passes for 122 yards. Marcus Pope also scored on a 23-yard run as the Fishermen finished with 410 total yards. Ilwaco’s defense held North Beach to 95 total yards.

Ocosta Outlook: The Wildcats had a bye last week. Two weeks ago against North Beach, Ocosta held North Beach to 256 total yards. Quarterback Cole Hatton passed for 165 yards and rushed for two TDs as the Wildcats had 388 total offensive yards. Christian Taylor led the Ocosta defense with two interceptions, with Gerrick Sweet and Brandon Thomas each collecting six tackles.

Neah Bay (3-2, 2-0 league) at Naselle (4-1, 2-0)

6 p.m. Friday in Naselle

LAST WEEK

Naselle 46, Lummi 12; Neah Bay 54, Darrington 14

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Cole Dorman, QB, Naselle: Dorman passed for four touchdowns and 252 yards against Lummi.

Meric Soeneke, QB, Neah Bay: The backup signal caller completed four TD passes, and either ran for or threw for five conversions against Darrington.

Naselle Outlook: The Comets entertain the Red Devils for Homecoming. Last week against Lummi, Naselle amassed 422 total yards while holding Lummi to 150 total yards. Dorman completed scoring strikes of 50 and 9 yards to Ethan Lindstrom, 20 yards to Antonio Nolan, and 16 yards to Jacob Eaton. On the ground, Fa’aoso Tutu’u had TD gallops of 13 and 4 yards, and Jimmy Strange added a 9 yard rushing score.

Neah Bay Outlook: Soeneke stepped in for starting QB Josey Tyree, who was banged up in the Red Devils’ game with Lummi two weeks ago. Jay Brunk caught TD passes of 13 and 20 yards, Billy Parkin III caught a 61-yard scoring toss, and Keith Johnson had a 16-yard TD reception. On the ground, Joe Bain had two 1-yard scoring dives, and Toby Croy added a 15-yard TD scamper.

Taft (1-4, 0-1 league) at Clatskanie (3-2, 0-1)

7 p.m. Friday at Dick Manick Field

LAST WEEK

Rainier 36, Clatskanie 20; Amity 48, Taft 7

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Cedrix Heath, RB, Clatskanie: Heath had 20 carries for 130 yards, including TD jaunts of 41 and 7 yards against Rainier.

Antonio Suarez, QB, Taft: Suarez, a sophomore backup signal-caller, completed a 5-yard scoring toss to Fco Ramos with 1:17 left as the Tigers broke-up the shutout bid from Amity.

Clatskanie Outlook: The Tigers led 14-12 at halftime against Rainier, but allowed the Columbians to outscore them 24-0 in the third quarter. Quarterback Cooper Blodgett completed 7-18 passes for 78 yards, and ran seven times for 65 yards including an 18-yard TD gallop. Kees Tjaarda also caught three passes for 50 yards.

Taft Outlook: The Tigers gave up a 74-yard scoring run on the first play of the game with Amity, which led 48-0 at halftime. Taft starting quarterback David Jin left the game with an injury in the second quarter, and his availability is unknown for this week’s game.

Rainier (5-0, 1-0 league) at Dayton (2-3, 0-1)

7 p.m. Friday in Dayton

LAST WEEK

Rainier 36, Clatskanie 20; Willamina 29, Dayton 0

PLAYER TO WATCH

Joey Tripp, QB, Rainier: Tripp completed 5-9 passes for 144 yards and three TDs, and rushed 20 times for 155 yards and two scores against Clatskanie.

Rainier Outlook: The top-ranked Columbians trailed 14-12 at halftime against Clatskanie, but lit up the scoreboard for 24 points in the third quarter and never looked back. David Katon caught three passes for 85 yards including scoring tosses of 7 and 48 yards. He also rushed 11 times for 86 yards. Kenney Tripp caught a 13-yard TD pass, and Joey Tripp had TD runs of 5 and 4 yards.

Dayton Outlook: The Pirates have had mixed success this season, beating 1-4 Pleasant Hill (53-40) and 3-2 Madras (35-10), while falling to 2-3 South Umpqua (19-10), eighth-ranked Santiam Christian (20-13), and ninth-ranked Willamina (29-0).

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