Week 3 of the prep football season is upon us. Here is a look at what’s on deck for Twin Harbors teams this weekend.
CENTRALIA AT ABERDEEN
When and where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, at Stewart Field, Aberdeen
Players to watch: Aberdeen — Jeremy Sawyer RB/LB; Trey Anderson RB/LB; Jabron Brooks OL/DL. Centralia — Landen Jenkins QB; JoJo Simpson RB; Cobain Kennedy WR.
Aberdeen will show off its brand new turf playing surface when the Bobcats make their home debut against Centralia on Friday.
Aberdeen had its first two home games moved to the road after a permit issue in the summer caused a long delay to construction of the new turf at Stewart Field. The field is finally ready to go as the Bobcats began practicing on the surface earlier this month in anticipation of its game-time premiere this week.
The Bobcats are coming off a dissapointing 29-0 loss to Montesano in a game considered to be between the two best teams on the Harbor this season.
Aberdeen will look to get back to its ground-and-pound running game on Friday against a Centralia team that has allowed 335 rushing yards combined its two losses this season.
The bulk of the Tigers offense in last week’s 41-6 loss to Battle Ground came through the air. Centralia quarterback Landen Jenkins threw for 154 yards, mostly to receiver Cobain Kennedy, who caught 10 passes for 142 yards and a touchdown.
While the Bobcats are expected to have running backs Jeremy Sawyer and Trey Anderon available for Friday’s game — as well as its big offensive line — senior quarterback Kale Goings will be out of action after suffering a leg injury in the second half against Monte last week.
COLUMBIA-WHITE SALMON AT MONTESANO
When and where: 7 p.m. Friday at Jack Rottle Field, Montesano
Players to watch: Montesano — Jayden McElravy QB/LB; Bode Poler WR/DB; Gabe Bodwell RB/LB. Columbia-White Salmon — Wesley White QB.
After a dissapointing showing in a Week 1 loss to Black Hills, Montesano looked like the Bulldogs of old in a convincing 29-0 win over Aberdeen on Friday, Sept. 9.
The Bulldogs offense showed some big-play capabilities with quarterback Jayden McElravy hitting receiver Bode Poler for three touchdowns of more than 20 yards apiece.
Monte’s defense was outstanding against an experienced Aberdeen offense, forcing turnovers and creating havoc in the backfield for the Bobcats.
The Bulldogs defense was so good that Montesano head coach Terry Jensen commented after the game it was the best defense a Monte team has played in several seasons.
The Bulldogs should face an easier opponent this week as McElravy and company face a winless Columbia-White Salmon team that has scored a total of eight points this season in losses to Goldendale and Stevenson.
CWS is led by quarterback Wesley White, who will try to use both his feet and his arm against the Bulldogs.
HOQUIAM AT LA SALLE
When and where: 3 p.m. Friday at La Salle High School
Players to watch: Hoquiam — Zander Jump QB; Owen McNeill WR/DB; Jake Templer RB/LB. La Salle — Tyson Snell RB, Dash Hedden RB/WR.
Hoquiam hits the road for the first time this season when the Grizzlies take on the La Salle Lightning on Friday in Union Gap.
For the second time in as many weeks, Hoquiam will be playing at an odd time. The Grizzlies got big games from running back Jake Templer, quarterback Zander Jump and receiver Owen McNeill in a 49-28 win over Fort Vancouver in a rare Thursday evening, Sept. 8, matchup.
Due to two games being played at La Salle High School on Friday, Houqiam will have an early 3 p.m. start time against the Lightning.
La Salle lost 47-6 to Cashmere in Week 1 but had a more respectible showing in a 20-16 loss to Omak on Friday.
Hoquiam showed it has plenty of weapons on offense in last week’s game with the emergence of fleet-footed running back Jake Templer to compliment that smashmouth running styles of Anthony Burtenshaw and Jalen Hobucket.
Against a La Salle defense that has allowed its fair share of points this season, Hoquiam could find itself scoring in bunches for the second game in a row.
ELMA AT CASTLE ROCK
When and where: 7 p.m. Friday at Castle Rock High School
Players to watch: Elma — Carter Studer QB/OLB; Ethan Camus WR/DB; Isaac Phillips RB/LB. Castle Rock — Stephen Ibsen QB/S, Chase Rusher WR/S.
Elma will face off against a hot Castle Rock team on Friday in Castle Rock.
The Eagles will have to rebound after from being on the wrong end of a 55-20 rout against Cascade Christian on Friday.
Castle Rock edged RA Long 12-9 in Week 1 before beating 2B Kalama 28-8 last week.
The Rockets are led by quarterback Stephen Iben, who found plenty of room to both run and throw. Ibsen rushed for 110 yards and a pair of touchdowns and completed 9-of-11 passes for 129 yards and a two scores in last week’s win over Kalama.
Elma quarterback Carter Studer threw for 116 yards and two touchdowns in last week’s loss to lead the Eagles.
RAYMOND-SOUTH BEND AT ILWACO
When and where: 7 p.m. Friday at Ilwaco High School
Players to watch: RSB — Austin Snodgrass QB/DB; Ty Reidinger RB/LB. Daniel Medeiros WR/DB. Ilwaco — Kyle Morris QB, Boston Caron RB.
After its second blowout win in as many weeks, Raymond-South Bend is climbing up the Division 2B rankings and is poised to go higher should the combo team get a road win at Ilwaco on Friday.
RSB has been paced by league MVP candidate in junior quarterback Austin Snodgrass and a host of offensive talent, including senior running back Ty Reidinger and senior receiver Daniel Medeiros.
The Ravens have averaged just over 40 points per game this season, with Snodgrass tallying four touchdown runs of 25 yards or more.
In Ilwaco, the Ravens are facing a young team with just three seniors on the roster.
Ilwaco took a late replacement game against Morton-White Pass after North Beach had to back out in Week 1 and promptly lost 44-8.
The Fishermen didn’t fare any better against King’s Way Christian last week, falling 40-8, being outscored 27-8 in the second half.
WAHKIAKUM AT PE ELL-WILLAPA VALLEY
When and where: 7 p.m. Friday at Willapa Valley High School
Players to watch: PWV — Kolten Fluke QB/LB; Blake Howard RB/LB; Wil Clements RB/LB; Derek Fluke RB/LB. Wahkiakum — Brodie Avalon QB/OLB; Zakkary Carlson FB/OLB; Dominic Curl RB/OLB.
Pe Ell-Willapa Valley has been the hard-luck team in the Twin Harbors early in the season, giving up the lead within the final two minutes in losing to both Tenino and Adna.
PWV will look to get in the win column when the Titans take on Wahkiakum on Friday in Menlo.
The PWV defense has totalled 142 tackles as a team this year and recovered four fumbles — three alone by linebacker Cody Strozyk — which has been the strength of the Titans this season.
The Titans offense has been led by junior running back Blake Howard, who has rushed for 107 yards on a team that has four players with more than 60 rushing yards through the first two games.
PWV will be facing a Wakiakum team coming off a blowout loss to Raymond-South Bend last week.
The Mules are led by quarterback Brodie Avalon and running back Dominic Curl, who hooked up for a 69-yard screen pass for a touchdown against RSB last week.
Wishkah Valley at WA School for Deaf (4 p.m. Thursday) — The Loggers are coming off a blowout loss last week and will be looking ofr their first win of the season against a WA School for the Deaf team making its season debut.
Onalaska at North Beach (7 p.m. Friday) — North Beach dropped its season opener 76-40 to Chief Leschi in an 8-man contest last week and will face an Onalaska team coming off a 68-0 loss to 2B power Napavine.
Lake Quinault at Mary M. Knight (1 p.m. Saturday) — Lake Quinault looks to remain undefeated in the 6-man ranks when the Elks face Mary M. Knight
Oakville at Taholah (4 p.m. Saturday) — Taholah lost 46-8 in its season-opener to Crescent last week and will face off against Oakville at home on Saturday.