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Kelso RAL football

Kelso's Jayden Hardeman (3) celebrates the first of his three touchdowns. He finished with six catches for 132 yards in the Scotties' 48-13 win over R.A. Long last year at Longview Memorial Stadium. 

It will be an emotional night at Schroeder Field on Friday.

Not simply because it’s the 99th meeting between the Kelso Hilanders and the R.A. Long Lumberjacks. Not just because the Jacks are riding high after a Week 1 win against a Kelso team that still doesn’t know who will play quarterback.

Mostly because Kelso will honor Cowlitz County sheriff’s deputy Justin Derosier Friday. Kelso will retire the number of the former Hilander lineman (73), who was shot and killed died in the line of duty in April. For the Black-and Blue-out, as it will be called, Kelso students will wear blue and RAL rooters will wear black.

Kelso head coach Steve Amrine said the ceremoy and recognition are important.

“It’s gonne be a great night, a somber, sad night night,” he said. “But it’s the very least we could do as a program to a guy that put his life on the line, obviously, and took care of us. We can’t pay enough homage to the people that protect us.”

The ceremony starts at 6:30, and the game starts at 7 p.m. Kelso is the favorite, but the game may be competitive for several reasons.

Kelso is coming off its 48-0 walloping of Mark Morris in its 2019 debut, and R.A. Long is coming off a 43-16 win of its own, its first since 2017.

Amrine said senior quarterback Marshall Coleman, who left in the first quarter with apparent concussion symptoms, is a game-time decision, though he has been practicing this week.

Kelso knows it can’t look past the Jacks but also has a right to be confident after playing its dominant season opener.

“Just to be a part of history, and if you’re from Cowlitz County, like most of us are, it’s a pretty cool deal to be involved in,” Amrine said.

Across the field, the Jacks, too, have reason to be excited.

Second-year coach Dave McDaniel said his confidence rose after last week’s victory at Kiggins Bowl.

But R.A. Long has to stop Josh Webb, the athletic and elusive senior running back at Kelso. The Jacks have to prep for three different quarterbacks and, like everyone else, won’t know who’s playing until the first snap.

But McDaniel knows one thing: The game will be physical.

“Kelso’s gonna punch you in the mouth,” he said. “You got a chance to get up or you don’t.”

MARK MORRIS AT CASTLE ROCK

7 p.m. in Castle Rock

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Jack Shipley, WR, Mark Morris: Mark Morris didn’t have much success offensively in Week 1, so expect the Monarchs to try to get the ball to its best playmaker.

Wyatt Partidge, RB, Castle Rock: Partidge accounted for all 12 of the Rockets’ points last week and had an 86-yard kickoff return TD.

Mark Morris Outlook: Mark Morris didn’t play its best game in Week 1. Consistency will be key, as well as taking care of the football. Mark Morris doesn’t necessarily need a win, but it would boost morale with a tough league slate looming.

Castle Rock Outlook: The Rockets will really like to have fullback/linebacker Coleman Guerrero back for Week 2 after he left last week’s game in the first quarter with a stinger. The Rockets didn’t play badly against a good Hoquiam team, and a win over the bigger Monarchs would be a lot of wind in their sails.

LA CENTER AT WOODLAND

7 p.m. at Beaver Stadium

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Tom Lambert, QB, La Center: The junior rushed for 145 yards and threw for another 114 for four total touchdowns in the Wildcats’ opening win over Ridgefield. Woodland has its work cut out for it defending him.

JJ Fuerst, RB, Woodland: Woodland didn’t have much success running against the vaunted Chinooks and might want to get that back on track against La Center.

La Center Outlook: La Center is coming off a one-score (35-28) win over Ridgefield and embarks on its first road game of the year. The Wildcats knocking off a good Ridgefield squad, but they must deal with an Woodland team looking to bounce back.

Woodland Outlook: Woodland just didn’t quite have enough against Kalama. Isaiah Flanagan had a decent night passing (145 yards) and scored Woodland’s only touchdown, but the Beavers didn’t get many other contributions aside from two picks from Brooks Massey. If Woodland’s defense can be good again and if the offense improves, Woodland will be in a good spot.

KALAMA AT NAPAVINE

7 p.m. in Napavine

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Jackson Esary, QB, Kalama: It wasn’t the best debut for the sophomore. He threw two picks and passed for just 48 yards, but the Chinooks still won . Look for him to improve his passing game.

Laythan Demarest, QB, Napavine: The junior nearly accounted for 300 total yards in the Tigers’ 2019 debut (172 passing, 127 rushing) with four TDs. Kalama’s defense held a good Woodland offense to six points last week. Something’s gotta give.

Kalama Outlook: The Chinooks earned some revenge last week but are on the other side now. Napavine lost to Kalama in Week 2 last year, and the Chinooks also prevailed in last year’s state championship and in the 2017 seiminals. Napavine is looking to break a four-game losing streak to the Chinooks.

Napavine Outlook: The Tigers are hosting the Chinooks this year, and home field may give them the edge. But Napavine hasn’t beaten Kalama since a 41-6 win in the first round of the 2016 playoffs. It also beat Kalama 48-6 on the road that year. Is this the year the streak is snapped?

RAINIER AT SCIO

7 p.m. in Scio

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Kenney Tripp, QB, Rainier: The freshman made a resounding debut last week, leading his team in rushing with 67 yards and a score against a good Kennedy defense.

Kade Mask, RB, Scio: The junior is quick, fast and shifty in the Loggers’ Wing-T scheme.

Rainier Outlook: It might be easy for Week 2 to be a let-down game for the Columbians. After shutting out a defending state champ, Rainier gets 1-0 Scio, which advanced to the quarterfinals a year ago. Rainier won’t look past them, but Scio could be dangerous as it hosts Rainier.

Scio Outlook: The Loggers, like everyone else in the state, are gunning for Rainier. They beat Molalla 36-7 last week and host the Columbians for their home opener. Rainier can’t expect to march in there and win while asleep.

RAINIER, WASH., AT TOLEDO

7 p.m. at Ron Hippi Stadium

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PLAYERS TO WATCH

Davin Kinsman, RB, Toledo: The junior scored twice for the Indians in their 41-6 debut win last week and also had a game-best 46 yards on the ground.

Michael Green, QB, Rainier: If in doubt, pick the quarterback. Pretty simple thinking, right?

Rainier Outlook: A trip to Toledo is a tough way to back up a Week 1 win. Rainier led Raymond 38-0 at halftime in a 38-14 win in its first game, but the will have a tougher battle at Ron Hippi Stadium.

Toledo Outlook: The Indians look to keep rolling against the Mountaineers. The Indians were stout defensively in their opener, holding Morton-White Pass to negative yards with two defensive scores.

TOUTLE LAKE AT OCOSTA

7 p.m. in Ocosta

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Taylor Lundquist, LB, Toutle Lake: The junior provided the Ducks’ only highlight last week, recovering an Onalaska fumble.

Cole Hatton, QB, Ocosta: The senior threw for 170 yards and three scores in Week 1. He also threw three interceptions, possibly opening up some opportunities for the Ducks.

Toutle Lake Outlook: The Ducks knew this would be a difficult season, and a Week 2 matchup with Ocosta continues that trend. Toutle Lake hopes to do more on offense, as it finished Week 1 with negative yards against Onalaska.

Ocosta Outlook: Ocosta comes into its home opener as heavy favorites against the Ducks. It’s up to the Wildcat coaches to guard against overconfidence and sloppy mistakes.

ADNA AT WAHKIAKUM

7 p.m. in Cathlamet

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Braden Thomas, QB, Adna: Thomas threw for 151 yards, rushed for another 128 and accounted for four TDs in Adna’s Week 1 win.

Dominic Curl, RB, Wahkiakum: The freshman scored a 70-yard TD last week and finished with 87 total yards on the ground in his varsity debut. He’s an emerging weapon for the Mules.

Adna Outlook: The Pirates showed in Week 1 what they’re capable of, and their quarterback can threaten with both his arms and legs. It makes the Pirates even more dangerous than they already were.

Wahkiakum Outlook: After a long trip across the state, the Mules return home licking their wounds after a 54-21 loss at Colfax. Things don’t get any easier with the Pirates coming into town, though home openers are always energetic. Can the Mules pull an upset?

FORT VANCOUVER AT WINLOCK

7 p.m. in Winlock

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Trevor Narvasa, QB, Fort Vancouver: One of four seniors on the Trappers, Narvasa scored one of two touchdowns in Fort’s loss last week.

Bryce Cline, QB, Winlock: The senior showed off his arm Week 1, throwing for 136 yards and two scores last week. He’ll look to keep the Cardinals offense humming against a down Fort squad.

Fort Vancouver Outlook: Could you call this an upset? The Trappers, who are classified as 3A, are playing an odd schedule this year with four 2B schools (Winlock, Ilwaco, Northwest Christian, Life Christian), two 1A schools (Seton Catholic, Cedar Park Christian) plus Hudson’s Bay and West Seattle, both 3A schools.

Winlock Outlook: The fact that Winlock appears on Fort’s schedule is interesting. Surely the Cardinals would love to beat a school with more than 10 times the enrollment (1,210 for Fort, 132 for Winlock).

ILWACO AT COLUMBIA-WHITE SALMON

7 p.m. in White Salmon

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Parker Kaech, WR, Ilwaco: Kaech caught a TD pass last week.

Eli Nielsen, WR, Columbia-White Salmon: The 6-foot-2 junior also plays cornerback, so Ilwaco might have trouble throwing if Kaech gets matched up with Nielsen.

HIGHLINE, WASH. AT CLATSKANIE

7 p.m. in Clatskanie

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Riley Piper, QB, Highline: The 6-foot-4 junior leads a Pirates offense that scored just 13 points in its opener against Ingraham last week.

Andre’ Combs, WR, Clatskanie: The sophomore had 94 yards receiving last Friday on just four receptions in his varsity debut. With the Tigers throwing the ball around so much, he could be yet another weapon for James Helmen.

Highline Outlook: Highline scheduling Clatskanie is another interesting matchup. The Pirates are coming off a 42-13 loss to Ingraham of Seattle. The Pirates are also coached by a familiar name: Deontae Cooper, the former UW and San Jose State running back.

Clatskanie Outlook: A week after a long road trip, Clatskanie gets a reprieve. The Tigers host the Pirates, one of the biggest 2A schools in Washington. The Tigers are looking to rebound after a one-score loss at a really good Heppner team last week. And it’s the home opener.

NASELLE AT CHIEF LESCHI

7 p.m. in Puyallup

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Ethan Lindstrom, QB, Naselle: The senior ran in a 76-yard touchdown in addition to two shorter scores and threw a 47-yard TD as well.

Tristan Brown, RB, Chief Leschi: The 180-pound senior won’t be easy for the Naselle defense to corral.

Naselle Outlook: The Comets just keep rolling. But a road trip up to Puyallup to play the 1-0 Warriors could be a trap. Interestingly, Chief Leschi plays at the 2B level, meaning they’re normally an 11-man team. Naselle plays 8-man.

Chief Leschi Outlook: Chief Leschi is coming off a narrow 26-22 win against Mukilteo Tribal, but has to adjust to the 8-man style for Week 2. Naselle clearly has the advantage there. Will it make a difference?

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