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It used to be a big league rivalry, but things have changed. The game, though, remains on the schedule.

Woodland will visit Chinook Stadium on Friday night to take on the two-time defending state champion Kalama Chinooks, in a massive litmus test for both squads.

Sean McDonald figures to trot out a super young group, one that might not have any seniors in the initial starting lineup.

Jackson Esary takes over signal-calling duties as the outstanding Alex Dyer has departed after leading Kalama to those consecutive state titles, the first time a local team has accomplished the feat.

Brady Vance is back and is a huge weapon on the perimenter offensively and defensively. Then there’s the big guy in the middle, Sutton Moon. Kalama, though, is planning on starting a ton of sophomores — seven to be exact — so inexperience might be an issue.

But in Woodland, the Chinooks have a tall task in front of them.

Woodland is coming off an 8-2 season with its only losses coming to Hockinson (2A state champs) and Tumwater (2018 quarterfinalist).

The Beavers are a considerably more experienced group, though is also replacing its quarterback (Isaiah Flanagan takes over for Tyler Flanagan and the Beavers are also breaking in a new coach, Garrett Lutgen.

That makes the Beavers largely an unknown, but last year’s barn-burner was an exciting one. There’s a better-than-good chance it’s the same against this year at Chinook Stadium.

WOODLAND AT KALAMA

Time/location: 7 p.m. Friday at Chinook Stadium

Last meeting: Woodland 48, Kalama 40 on Aug. 31, 2018 at Beaver Stadium

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Isaiah Flanagan, QB, Woodland

Flanagan takes over at quarterback for the Beavers in 2019 for the departed Tyler Flanagan and will be a handful throwing and running. Not much is known about what Lutgen’s offense will look like, but an athletic quarterback could make it exciting.

Brennan Vance, WR, Kalama

Vance has been a star in his time at Kalama. He’d led the area in interceptions and has 13 in just two seasons. He’s also a standout pass catcher and will be a huge help for Jackson Esary, who’s making his high school debut.

KELSO AT MARK MORRIS

7 p.m. Friday at Longview Memorial

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Keoni Makaiwi, FB, Mark Morris: Makaiwi steps into the backfield this season after playing primarily defense a year ago as a junior. He’s the anchor back in Mark Morris’ Wing-T set and will be a heavily used.

Marshall Coleman, QB, Kelso: The Toutle transfer was outstanding a year ago and will likely continue that stellar play into 2019. With a Kelso offense that’s opened up with athletes everywhere, Coleman won’t have to look too far to find a target.

Kelso Outlook

The Hilanders are looking for a fast start against an old rival, but there are questions to be answered. Kelso had a lot to replace after the 2018 season and early in camp coach Steve Amrine wasn’t yet sure who would fill the voids. But Marshall Coleman is back at quarterback as a senior, Josh Webb moves into the backfield with him and a likely all-senior offensive line make for a compelling Kelso team that’s rolling into Longview Memorial.

Mark Morris Outlook

The Monarchs face a tough test. A program that’s trying to rebuild, starting with Kelso for the 12th straight year makes it challenging. But Mark Morris is excited about the opportunity with a wealth of experience returning. Keoni Makaiwi, Cole Busch and Bryson Webb, all seniors in the backfield, with receiver senior Jack Shipley plan to reclaim some momentum in a series that’s been all Hilanders as of late.

R. A. Long at Fort Vancouver

7 p.m. Friday at Kiggins Bowl

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Jacob Johnson-Valencia, RB, R. A. Long: Johnson-Valencia will get a lot of work for the Jacks. A senior leader, the running back is the focal point of R. A. Long’s RPO (run-pass option) offense.

Trevor Narvasa, QB, Fort Vancouver: Narvasa calls signals and punts for the Trappers, who are starved for numbers after some unfortunately dreadful seasons.

R.A. Long Outlook: The Lumberjacks are building. That’s no secret. And they get a good chance to get off the schneid Week 1 after a winless 2018 against a Fort team that’s gone independent after, itself, having some rough consecutive years. Can the young Jacks get some momentum for the coming years with a Week 1 win 11 years removed from doing the same thing?

Fort Vancouver Outlook: Fort finds itself in largely the same position as R. A. Long: trying to rebound from the depths. But the Trappers are doing it in a different way: dropping out of the 3A GSHL and going independent. A home game to start against the Jacks might be a solid start.

Kennedy at Rainier

7 p.m. in Rainier

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Emorej Lynk, RB, Kennedy: There is some question as to whether Lynk will be on the field in Week 1. If he is, Kennedy has a dude. If he’s not, Kennedy has to replace nearly 2,000 all-purpose yards somehow.

Ethan Crape, DL, Rainier: The massive Columbian is starting to attract attention from various Division I schools and looks to once again dominate the line of scrimmage at the 3A level.

Kennedy Outlook: Kennedy starts its title defense against another defending state champ. There’s the question surrounding Lynk and if he’ll be in uniform. Regardless, Kennedy knows how to pull upsets, as the Trojans were the 10 seed last year and won it all at the 2A level.

Rainier Outlook: It’s quite exciting that two defending state champs start the season against each other. Rainier doesn’t look down the road at all and treats every week as if it were the state championship. That attitude will be on display against the Trojans, which won’t go down easily.

Clatskanie at Heppner

7 p.m. in Heppner

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Sam Shockley, RB, Clatskanie: A second-team all-defense performer a year ago, Shockley now heads up an offense that has to replace its quarterback. In the Wing-T, it’s all hands on deck, but Shockley figures to be an important cog in the attack.

Jayden Wilson, QB, Heppner: The 6-foot-4 passer for the Mustangs is a big dude on a team that consistently produces big dudes. He’ll be a load for the Tigers to handle both running and throwing.

Clatskanie Outlook: It’s a really long trip to the northeast corner of Oregon from Clatskanie, but that’s exactly what the Tigers have to do. Long trips can be killers when the game finally starts, but the Tigers have experience and leadership. Will it be enough against a quality Heppner team?

Heppner Outlook: Heppner is consistently one of the best 2A programs in the state with a title coming in 2015. These Mustangs seniors were in eighth grade then, and they haven’t been past the quarterfinals since. Heppner really wants to beat a quality 3A program to help it get back on top of the 2A ranks.

Toledo at Morton-White Pass

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7 p.m. Friday at Morton

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Duke Schaplow, QB, Toledo: The Indians senior is moving from running back to under center, but he’s no stranger to the position. He played quarterback in a semifinal game as a sophomore and is now comfortable with the position after training all off-season.

Keegan Kelly, QB Morton-White Pass: Kelly is an exciting, shifty quarterback who also plays in the defensive backfield. He’ll try to help the Timberwolves knock off the Indians at home.

Toledo Outlook: Indians coach Mike Chirstensen wouldn’t say for sure what his expectations for his team were for 2019 after a deep playoff run. But Toledo is experienced and ready to make a run at the 2B stalwarts like Kalama and Napavine. Schaplow, Jacob Marely, Trey Rego and Davin Kinsman are all good athletes and figure to make the Indians Wing-T offense difficult to stop.

Morton-White Pass Outlook: Coming off a solid 6-4 season, MWP needs to get off to a good start if it’s going to leapfrog in the 2B Mountain Division. It gets Toledo at home, which should help its cause.

Onalaska at Toutle Lake

7 p.m. Friday in Toutle

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Alex Frazier, DE, Onalaska: The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Frazier can cause havoc on defense and mash people as an offensive tackle.

Chase Hadaller, QB, Toutle Lake: The senior returns as the Ducks signal caller but has to learn a new offense under first-year coach Austin Carey. He’s got some weapons to work with as Toutle tries to re-emerge in the Central 2B River league.

Onalaska Outlook: The Loggers are always tough and 2019 will be no exception. Is 2019 the year they can rise above Adna and Napavine?

Toutle Lake Outlook: Gone is Art Walsh as coach and in is Carey, a youthful, energetic young coach whose brought a new vibe to Toutle Lake football. It’s an exciting time on the Silver Lake Highway, but can Carey turn around a once-proud program quickly? A win over Onalaska would do wonders.

Adna at Wahkiakum

7 p.m. in Cathlamet

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Cole Fay, RB, Adna: The First-Team All-League running back returns for his senior season and looks to be the centerpiece of an Adna offense that is also breaking in a new quarterback.

Kaden Anderson, QB, Wahkiakum: In Wahkiakum’s triple option offense, the quarterback is especially important. For the Mules, that’s Anderson, who will have the ball in his hands and make split decisions after the snap. His legs will be just as important, if not more, as his arm in 2019.

Adna Outlook: Despite being the top seed entering the 2018 tournament, Adna fell in the semifinals to league rival Napavine. Expect the Pirates to be on a mission in 2019 to reverse those fortunes, but a trip to Cathlamet could be a difficult one to start the season.

Wahkiakum Outlook: The Mules are starting 2019 with low numbers and a unique practice policy that’s growing in popularity: no hitting at practice. Period. It’s worked other places, can the emphasis on player safety work in the Mules’ favor? The early test against Adna might shed some light.

Winlock at North Beach

7 p.m. in North Beach PLAYERS TO WATCH

Brice Cline, QB, Winlock: Another triple option team, Cline will be the key to Winlock moving the ball.

Kyle Fry, QB, North Beach: A captain as a sophomore, Fry is back for his junior season to try and pull North Bend from an 0-9 2018.

Winlock Outlook: Fourth-year coach Ernie Samples is doing his best to get Winlock back to contender status, and the Cardinals have a great shot at an early win, but have to go to the coast to do it.

North Beach Outlook: Like Winlock, North Bend has struggled in past years. But getting a fellow down program at home is a good opportunity for the Hyaks to get some early momentum.

Castle Rock at Hoqiuam

7 p.m. in Hoqiuam

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Wyatt Partidge, RB, Castle Rock: An exciting return man, Patridge gets the featured back role as a junior. He’s got some size up front to help, so it could be a big game — and potentially season — for the speedster.

Matt Brown, LB, Hoquiam: The reigning Evergreen 1A Defensive Player of the Year is back and anchors a defense that was one of the state’s best a year ago.

Castle Rock Outlook: This is a big one for Castle Rock. The Rockets left 2018 with a bad taste in their mouths after missing out on the playoffs by a game, and its non-league schedule is a tough one. Having to start at Hoquiam, though, is a tough litmus test to see where the Rockets are in their development.

Hoqiuam Outlook: A quarterfinal loss ended Hoquiam’s yet-perfect season a year ago, but star quarterback Payton Quintanilla has moved on. Does Hoquiam have the tools to reload or can Castle Rock get an early upset and change the early landscape of the Evergreen 1A?

Vernonia at Ilwaco

7 p.m. in Ilwaco

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Hunter Nordahl, OL, Vernonia: Nordahl figures to be the biggest kid on the field for the Loggers, making space on the offensive line and reducing it defensively.

Parker Kaech, QB, Ilwaco: Kaech moves from receiver to quarterback for his senior season. Can he lead the Fishermen and adjust to the new position?

Vernonia Outlook: Vernonia doesn’t have a ton of numbers in 2019 and is both looking to exact some revenge on the Fishermen for last year’s debut while also improving on its one-win season.

Ilwaco Outlook: It’s an experienced group for the Fishermen with just two underclassmen projected starters. Sean Cease is hoping his third year in Ilwaco is a breakout one.

South Bend at Naselle

7 p.m. in Naselle

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Tyler Reidinger, RB, South Bend: a 6-foot-1, 185-pound freshman, Reidinger figures to be a load to tackle in the fast and exciting 8-man game.

Fa’aoso Tutu’u, RB, Naselle: A lineman until his senior season, Tutu’u must be excited to get his hands on the ball for the Comets.

South Bend Outlook: The Indians are dropping down to 8-man for the first time, so there will be an adjustment period. They get the always-solid Comets to start, which figures to be a difficult way to start.

Naselle Outlook: Naselle has been stellar under Jeff Eaton, and the Comets look to continue that trend in 2019. However, a win to start the season would be a better debut than ’18, when a blowout loss got things started.

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