TDN's fall 2021 All-Area Football Team
It had to end with a championship game, it had to end in front of a full house, it had to end with defense, it had to end with Napavine.
LAKEWOOD — It was never a secret that Jackson Esary was a critical part of the Kalama football team’s success this year. He was hard to miss in our coverage here at The Daily News and through good old fashioned word of mouth. When anyone mentioned Kalama football, Esary’s name soon followed.…
LAKEWOOD — Jackson Esary had worked, bled, and sweated for three years since Kalama won a trophy his freshmen year. He’d charged headlong into game after game and defender after defender, nearly seen it all derailed by injury, and almost found himself foiled in a defensive slog of a final game.
Stopping one of Kalama’s wide receivers may be a tall task, but it’s one most defenses in the postseason should be able to manage. Stopping both of the Chinooks’ first-team all-league wideouts is a step harder, but two all-league corners may be up to the task with plenty of help over the top.
When opposing teams check their schedule and see Kalama listed, they might as well mark it in bold because the Chinooks have been nearly impossible to game plan for on their undefeated path to Saturday’s State title game against Napavine.
Leading up to the 2B football state title game Saturday at Harry E. Lang Stadium in Lakewood, we asked our friends over at the Chronicle to trade a scouting report on Napavine in exchange for one of Kalama. Below is what they wrote, followed by what we sent them.
The operating word as the Kalama football team broke its Tuesday practice, with just three days remaining before its 2B State title matchup against Napavine, wasn’t “Score.” The Chinooks didn’t cheer for “Speed,” or “Tempo,” or “Four Verts,” or “70-Yard Touchdowns.” Instead, when the team bu…
MOSES LAKE — The Naselle football team burned opponents with its speed all season long as they outscored opponents by large margins on the heels of a relentless rushing attack. But the Comets ran into more speed than they could handle against Almira/Coulee-Hartline in the 1B State Semifinals…
CENTRALIA — Once could have been an aberration. Twice looks a lot more like the truth.
Black Friday in southwest Washington will be followed by Semifinal Saturday, with two local sides playing in their respective tournaments’ penultimate weekends. Here’s the skinny on the matchups that stand between Kalama and Naselle and the state championship games.
POMEROY — It’s all starting to come together at just the right time for the Naselle football team, which upset No. 4 Pomeroy 72-42 on the road Saturday to advance to the 1B state semifinals for the third straight postseason.
KALAMA — The Kalama football team’s State voyage didn’t get off to the smoothest of starts against familiar competition, but the Chinooks came away 40-15 winners over Toledo in the quarterfinals of the 2B playoffs.
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KELSO — Vale’s defense shut down the vaunted Rainier rushing attack at Kelso High School on Saturday afternoon. The Vikings played physical, shooting gaps and closing holes in a hurry, overpowering the Rainier offense in the process.
MOSES LAKE — At this point, adversity is just an old friend for the Toledo football team, which earned its fourth win in two and a half weeks half a state away from home in a gritty 44-35 win over Davenport in the first round of the 2B state tournament.
SEATTLE — Kelso’s run to the State playoff came to an end at Memorial Stadium in Seattle on Friday night and for the fourth time since 2013, the O’Dea Fighting Irish were the ones to send the Hilanders packing in a 52-13 win over Kelso.
FORKS — Wahkiakum hung with Forks for three good quarters in the 1B District Crossover game on Saturday, but three fourth quarter scores helped the Spartans pull away from the Mules and end Wahkiakum’s season with a 40-14 loss.
NASELLE — Entering the postseason, Naselle head coach Kevin McNulty wanted to see how his team held up when faced with a true test. For the last few weeks, the Comets have had their starters out of the game by halftime after building massive leads and collecting comfortable wins.
OAK HARBOR — They’ve started calling themselves the Road Warriors, and with good reason.
TENINO — Castle Rock’s season came to a close on Friday night in a 56-0 loss at the hands of Tenino in the 1A District IV Crossover game.
CHEHALIS — Mark Morris’ first trip to the postseason since 2013 ended at the hands of W.F. West in the 2A District IV crossover game. The Bearcats outrushed the Monarchs 315-27 on their way to beating MM 21-7.