In a state and sport rich with traditional high school rivalry games, the granddaddy of them all highlights our Week 2 prep football preview.
Aberdeen at Hoquiam
When and Where: 7 p.m. Friday at Olympic Stadium
Players to Watch: Aberdeen — Cody Bemis, QB; Conner Sherman, RB. Hoquiam — Dane McMillan, QB; Matt Brown, RB/LB; Cameron Bumstead, WR/DB
Entering the 114th version of the state’s longest running high school football rivalry a trend has emerged.
Over the past five seasons, the Myrtle Street Rivalry has been a one-sided affair.
The Hoquiam Grizzlies have had their way with the Aberdeen Bobcats, winning five straight iterations of the rivalry by an average of 24 points-per-game.
If the performance of last week’s games are any indication, that standard will hold true for Friday’s contest. Hoquiam answered some questions with a 48-12 thrashing of Castle Rock while Aberdeen, a program on the rebuild under new head coach Todd Bridge, was outmatched against an impressive Montesano team, losing 59-0.
Hoquiam won last season’s game 28-7 and has not lost to the Bobcats since 2013, a game in which Aberdeen won 36-2.
Montesano at Shelton
When and Where: 7 p.m. Friday at Shelton High School
Players to Watch: Montesano — Trace Ridgway, QB/DL; Sam Winter, WR/LB; Aydan Darst, RB/LB. Shelton — Danny Mendiola-Lopez, QB; Gavin Gould, RB/CB; Zack Jonker, WR/SS
The Bulldogs overwhelmed Aberdeen in Week 1 and will look to continue to beat up on non-league opponents from higher classifications when they take on the 3A Shelton Highclimbers on Friday.
Monte got big games from running back Ayden Darst (10 carries, 132 yards 2 TD) and receiver Sam Winter (6 receptions, 113 yards, 2 TD) last week and will look for more of the same on Friday.
The Highclimbers are coming off a 20-0 loss to North Mason in Week 1 and is coming off a 2-8 season in 2018.
Monte grounded the Highclimbers last season by a score of 51-6 at a game played in Montesano.
Elma at Rochester
When and Where: 7 p.m. Friday at Rochester High School
Players to Watch: Elma — Cody Vollan, QB/DB; Isaiah O’Farrill, RB/LB; Brady Shriver, RB/LB. Rochester — Daniel May, QB; Talon Betts WR/S; Tristen Johnson, RB/S
Though the Eagles offense wasn’t as crisp as the coaching staff would have liked to have seen, Elma got solid production from running backs Isaiah O’Farrill (23 carries, 114 yards, 3 TD) and Brady Shriver (11 carries, 59 yards) en route to a 34-8 opening-week victory over King’s Way Christian.
Elma’s defense, which held the Knights to just six offensive points on Friday, will get tested against a Rochester offense that rallied to score 27 unanswered points in a 34-20 victory in its annual Scatter Creek Showdown against Tenino.
Warriors quarterback Daniel May completed 13-of-22 passes for 188 yards while running back Tristen Johnson ran for two scores.
Toutle Lake at Ocosta
When and Where: 7 p.m. at Ocosta High School
Players to Watch: Cole Hatton, QB; Dakota Davis, RB; Isaac O’Hagan, LB. Toutle Lake — Chase Hadaller, QB
Ocosta opened up the season similar to how they did in 2018 with a big blowout win over La Conner.
They’ll look to start the season 2-0 when they take on the Toutle Lake Ducks in a Week 2 matchup.
Ocosta managed 254 yards of offense on Saturday, 224 of which were through the air.
The Wildcats were led by quarterback Cole Hatton, who went 11-for-22 for 170 yards and had three touchdowns. Hatton spread the ball around, completing passes to seven different receivers, but the senior playcaller also threw three interceptions in the contest.
Ocosta’s defense was stout, holding La Conner scoreless while forcing five turnovers.
Toutle Lake was hammered 62-0 by Onalaska in its opening-week loss and will look to senior quarterback Chase Hadaller to right the ship against Ocosta.
The Ducks are also adjusting to a new offense under first-year coach Austin Carey.
Morton-White Pass at Raymond
When and Where: 7 p.m. Friday at Raymond High School
Players to Watch: Raymond — McCartney Maden, RB/DB; Joseph Villalpando, RB/LB. MWP — Keegan Kelly, QB; Jayce Dean, WR
The Raymond Seagulls will look to get in the win column when they host Morton-White Pass on Friday.
Raymond fell behind 38-0 by the half in an opening-week loss to Rainier.
Seagulls head coach Luke Abbott stated after the loss that his team lacked physicality on defense and was “not communicating and not tackling as a team.”
In Morton-White Pass Raymond will face a team that had its season-opener delayed by lightning before allowing 42 first-half points as the Timberwolves were routed by Toledo, 42-6.
MWP quarterback Keegan Kelly was 4-of16 passing for 38 yards, a touchdown and an interception for a Timberwolves team that managed just two first downs against Toledo, both on penalties.
Pe Ell-Willapa Valley at Concrete
When and Where: 1 p.m. Saturday at Concrete
Players to Watch: PWV — Logan Walker, QB/DB; Peter Hamilton, RB/LB; Max Smith, RB/LB. Concrete — Peyton Sanchez, QB; Devin Blankenship, RB
Pe Ell-Willapa Valley had a tough go of it in a 33-6 opening week loss to Adna on Friday.
The Titans had troubles stopping Adna’s high-powered offense and managed just 142 yards of offense against the Pirates.
Concrete had plenty of offense in its Week 1 game against Cedar Park Christian, but still ended up on the wrong side of the win column with a 62-22 loss.
Lions running back/receiver Devin Blankenship had 110 yards receiving and 102 yards rushing in the defeat.
PWV beat Concrete 42-0 last season, with Titans running backs Peter Hamilton and Max Smith each rushing for over 100 yards in the win.
Charles Wright Academy (1-0) at North Beach (0-1), 7 p.m., Friday
Taholah (0-0) at South Bend (0-1), 3 p.m., Saturday