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No. 2-ranked Rainier will host No. 1 Amity in what is a de facto Special District 1 title bout. 

There’s plenty of football left to be played, but Rainier’s game against Amity on Friday night might as well be the league championship.

The final two remaining undefeated teams in the new Special District 1 will square off in what many are calling the biggest football game ever held in Rainier. The winner becomes the frontrunner for the league title, and enters the final two weeks in full control of their own destiny.

Willamina (Rainier’s Wek 8 opponent) and Clatskanie (Amity’s Week 8 game) could play spoiler in the final couple weeks.

“Yeah, it’s a really big game,” Rainier coach Mike King said. “They’re as good as advertised, that’s for sure. … He’s going to have his guys ready; we’re going to be ready. Hopefully it will be a great game.”

The two teams enter the meeting as the No. 1 and No. 2-ranked teams in OSAA 3A, with the Warriors holding the top spot. They’re two of the last three remaining teams in the classification still undefeated (Burns is also 6-0).

Amity has outscored opponents 304-55; Rainier has done so 241-40. It’s two physical offenses against two talented defenses going head to head for the first time since 2009, when Amity won the 3A State Championship over Rainier.

The good news is a loss isn’t season-ending. Both teams are poised for a home first-round state game in November, and if they meet again in the state semifinals or state championship, it wouldn’t shock anybody.

“The losing team isn’t in a bad spot,” King said. “It’s not detrimental if you lose that game. … They’re good; we’re good. It’s just one of those things where we have to play in the middle of the season.”

Kelso (6-0, 2-0 league) at Fort Vancouver (0-6, 0-2)

8 p.m. Friday at Kiggins Bowl


Kelso 54, Evergreen 12; Hudson’s Bay 47, Fort Vancouver 13


Josh Webb, RB/LB, Kelso: Webb rushed 14 times for 214 yards including TD gallops of 25, 80, 4, 5 and 36 yards, and had a 36-yard pick-six against Evergreen.

Tyler Runkle, RB, Fort Vancouver: Runkle had 16 carries for 96 yards including a 39-yard TD gallop, and caught two passes for 30 yards against Hudson’s Bay.

Kelso Outlook: In the first half, Webb rushed 11 times for 169 yards and scored five of his touchdowns as the Hilanders led 41-6 at halftime. Riley Noah also caught a 4-yard TD pass from Marshall Coleman in the first half, and Jayden Hardeman caught an 86-yard scoring strike in the third quarter which forced a running clock. Coleman was an efficient 6-8 passing for 158 yards, and rushed 10 times for 54 yards. Hardeman caught four passes for 138 yards. Kelso rushed for 308 of its 466 total yards, while holding Evergreen to 152 total yards.

Fort Vancouver Outlook: The Trappers dropped the annual “Peace Pipe” rivalry game with Hudson’s Bay. Anthony Wilhite caught a 27-yard TD pass from Austin Real-James in the fourth quarter. Real-James completed 5-19 passes for 54 yards. Fort has been shutout in four games this season, and scored a combined four touchdowns in the other matchups.

Ridgefield (3-3, 1-3 league) at Woodland (5-1, 2-1)

7 p.m. Friday at Beaver Stadium


Woodland 47, Montesano 13; Ridgefield 14, R.A. Long 0


Tyler Flanagan, QB, Woodland: Flanagan rushed 34 times for 237 yards including scoring jaunts of 7, 1, 6, 42 and 1 yards, and completed 14-24 passes for 302 yards against second-ranked 1A Montesano.

Hunter Abrams, QB, Ridgefield: Abrams completed a 15-yard scoring toss to Brock Harrison, and added a 1-yard TD dive against R.A. Long.

Woodland Outlook: The Beavers rushed for 429 yards, including seven carries for 117 yards from Reid Hope, who also had a 92-yard rushing score. Through the air, Christian Yager caught a 75-yard scoring toss from Flanagan, finishing with two receptions for 102 yards. Wyatt Wooden caught five passes for 82 yards, Alex Bishop had two catches for 43 yards, and Hope snagged two passes for 42. Woodland’s defense held Montesano to 267 total yards including 195 rushing yards.

Ridgefield Outlook: The Spudders halted their three-game losing skid with the victory over RAL. Abrams has rushed 138 times for 789 yards and seven TDs, and has passed for 239 yards and four scores. Brock Harrison is Ridgefield’s top receiver with 14 receptions for 202 yards and four TDs. Tanner Roberts has carried the ball 46 times for 124 yards and two TDs.

Stevenson (4-1, 2-0 league) at Castle Rock (2-4, 1-1)

7 p.m. Friday at Rocket Stadium


Castle Rock 42, King’s Way 20; Stevenson 27, La Center 21


Wyatt Partridge, RB/LB, Castle Rock: Partridge rushed 13 times for 172 yards including touchdown runs of 27, 4 and 43 yards, and had a 23-yard pick-six against King’s Way.

Lincoln Krog, RB, Stevenson: Krog recovered an onside kick to start the game and scored on a 45-yard run on the first play from scrimmage against La Center. He also caught a 40-yard TD pass, and had an interception.

Castle Rock Outlook: The Rockets amassed 368 offensive yards, including 78 rushing yards from Peyton Watts, who had a 4-yard TD gallop in the fourth quarter. Caleb Mullen also had a 1-yard TD dive, and finished 4-8 passing for 67 yards. Defensively, Parker Watts made two interceptions.

Stevenson Outlook: The Bulldogs are riding high after shutting out defending Trico League champion La Center over the final 2 ½ quarters for the victory. Krog finished with 10 carries for 62 yards, and caught five passes for 51 yards. Quarterback Brandon Connell completed 13-22 passes for 134 yards and two TDs, including a 5-yard scoring strike to Isaac Hoidal. Connell also rushed eight times for 62 yards, including a 42-yard scoring jaunt in the fourth quarter. Stevenson finished with 283 total offensive yards.

Kalama (4-2, 2-0 league) at Mossyrock (2-4, 0-2)

7 p.m. Friday in Mossyrock


Kalama 32, Toledo 13; Winlock 36, Mossyrock 7


Alex Dyer, QB, Kalama: Dyer completed 15-28 passes for 215 yards and four touchdowns against Toledo.

TJ Villanueva, RB, Mossyrock: Villanueva rushed 15 times for 133 yards, and caught a pass for 27 yards against Winlock.

Kalama Outlook: Kalama finished with 315 total offensive yards, while allowing Toledo to rush for 218 of its 235 total yards. Brennon Vance caught four passes for 62 yards including TD tosses of 22 and 10 yards. Jackson Esary snagged three passes for 42 yards including scoring tosses of 8 and 4 yards, and Parker Wood scored on a 46-yard kickoff return. Grant Vandenberg caught four passes for 55 yards, and Max Ross had three catches for 45 yards.

Mossyrock Outlook: The Vikings scored their lone touchdown on a 1-yard run from Nick Fried for a 7-0 lead in the second quarter, but Winlock bounced back to score 36 unanswered points. Mossyrock rushed for 192 of its 219 total yards, while allowing Winlock to rush for 253 of its 315 total yards.

Toledo (2-4, 1-1 league) at Wahkiakum (3-3, 2-0)

7 p.m. Friday in Cathlamet


Wahkiakum 42, Toutle Lake 6; Kalama 32, Toledo 13


Luke Brown, QB, Wahkiakum: Brown rushed 17 times for 160 yards and three TDs, and passed for 138 yards and a pair of scores against Toutle Lake.

Duke Schaplow, RB, Toledo: Schaplow had 10 carries for 90 yards against Kalama.

Wahkiakum Outlook: The Mules rushed for 310 of their 448 total yards against Toutle Lake. Quentin Nelson had seven carries for 60 yards, and caught three passes for 55 yards and two TDs. Chance Cothren had five carries for 39 yards and a score, KC Beery had two catches for 33 yards, and James Anderson had two receptions for 40 yards.

Toledo Outlook: Toledo rushed for 218 of its 235 total yards, while allowing Kalama to pass for 215 of its 315 total yards. The Indians scored all of their touchdowns in the third quarter on a 1-yard run from Bryce Marcil, and a 5-yard jaunt from Coleby Cherrington. Ethan Buck had 15 carries for 68 yards, Cherrington had 14 touches for 44 yards, and Marcil had seven carries for 27 yards. Toledo also had five fumbles and lost two.

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

7 p.m. Friday in Winlock


Winlock 36, Mossyrock 7; Wahkiakum 42, Toutle Lake 6


Riley Kent, WR, Toutle Lake: Kent caught a 32-yard scoring toss against Wahkiakum.

Bryce Cline, QB, Winlock: Cline rushed 12 times for 113 yards and two TDs, passed for a score, and had an 83-yard pick-six against Mossyrock.

Toutle Lake Outlook: The Ducks have scored three touchdowns this season, and have been shutout three times.

Winlock Outlook: Cline, who scored on gallops of 2 and 20 yards, completed 2-6 passes for 62 yards, with both passes going to Noah Patching including a 40-yard scoring strike. Nolan Swofford scored the Cardinals’ other TD on a 4-yard run. Winlock rushed for 253 of it 315 total yards, while holding Mossyrock to 219 total yards.

Naselle (6-1, 3-0 league) at Darrington (2-4, 0-3)

6 p.m. Friday in Darrington


Naselle 54, Neah Bay 0; Lummi 64, Darrington 34


Josh Townsen, WR, Naselle: Townsen caught six passes for 168 yards, including TD grabs of 74 and 23 yards against Neah Bay.

Lucas Reuwsaat, QB, Darrington: Reuwsaat had touchdown runs of 34, 40, 35 and 17 yards against Lummi.

Naselle Outlook: Fifth-ranked Comets’ quarterback Cole Dorman completed 22 of 31 passes for 437 yards and six TDs against Neah Bay. He also completed scoring tosses of 20 and 22 yards to Ethan Lindstrom, 19 yards to Jacob Eaton and 18 yards to Vince Fauver, his first-ever TD reception. Lindstrom grabbed five passes for 107 yards, and Eaton had five receptions for 93 yards. Fa’aoso Tutu’u also had a 16-yard TD run, and Antonio Nolan returned a punt 42 yards to paydirt.

Darrington Outlook: Three weeks ago, Darrington dropped a 68-8 decision at Naselle. Last week, Darrington trailed 12-8 after the first quarter, and 28-8 at halftime.

Dayton (2-4, 0-2 league) at Clatskanie (4-2, 1-1)

7 p.m. Friday at Dick Manick Field


Clatskanie 55, Taft 12; Rainier 32, Dayton 8


Cedrix Heath, RB, Clatskanie: Heath rushed 15 times for 88 yards including a 4-yard scoring scamper, and caught a 20-yard TD pass against Taft. He also notched a pick-six on the third play of the game.

Kaden Fergus, QB, Dayton: Fergus threw a 10-yard scoring pass against Rainier.

Clatskanie Outlook: The sixth-ranked Tigers rushed for 347 of their 405 total yards, while holding Taft to 11 of its 217 air yards in the second half. Cooper Blodgett ran 13 times for 144 yards with TD gallops of 9 and 5 yards, Andre Combs had scoring jaunts of 20 and 56 yards, and Kees Tjaarda added a 15-yard TD scamper.

Dayton Outlook: The Pirates battled top-ranked Rainier to a scoreless draw at halftime of last week’s matchup. Dayton was held to 138 total yards, and was forced into three turnovers.

Mark Morris (3-3, 1-2 league) at Washougal (3-3, 1-2)

7 p.m. Friday at Fishback Stadium in Washougal


Hockinson 48, Mark Morris 7; Columbia River 14, Hockinson 13


Dawson Fritz, RB/QB, Mark Morris: Fritz rushed for 61 yards including a 29-yard TD gallop in the fourth quarter against Hockinson.

Jakob Davis, WR, Washougal: Davis caught two passes for 65 yards including a 35-yard TD strike in the second quarter against Columbia River.

Mark Morris Outlook: MM was held to 115 total yards against Hockinson. The Monarchs need a win to stay in the playoff mix. Ethan Buck had five carries for 24 yards, Hunter Byman added three touches for 13 yards, and Cole Busch completed 3-9 passes for 12 yards.

Washougal Outlook: A blocked field goal in the waning moments of last week’s loss to Columbia River was the difference-maker. Preston Thornton made field goals of 25 and 31 yards prior to the blocked attempt. Peter Boylan had 13 carries for 58 yards, and Dalton Payne completed 10-28 passes for 131 yards. Payne has passed for 1,333 yards and 10 touchdowns, and Davis has 28 pass receptions for 558 yards and right TDs.

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