High school football practices ready to go

Season kicks off for area schools on Friday, Sept. 2

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Time to get to work.

Actually, time to get to work because now it’s for real.

Varsity football players, most anyway, have been working hard since the winter, then into spring ball.

This day is special, though. This day, it’s official.

Wednesday is the first day of practice for the 2011 Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s football season. This is the day when every player from every team has dreams of making the playoffs, or making a run to a state title, or just improving from last year.

The Columbian will be tracking down features for the newspaper and items to publish on our blog in the coming days, leading up to the first Friday of the season, Sept. 2.

In the meantime, here is a reminder of what happened in 2010:

4A GSHL: Skyview outlasted Union in a memorable Week 9 game to win the league championship. The Storm jumped out to a 17-0 lead, the game was tied at 27 late in the third, then the Storm won the fourth quarter for a 37-34 victory. It was the third consecutive league title for the Storm, and it was Union’s first loss to a Clark County team since 2007. The Titans had been in the 3A GSHL the previous three seasons. Skyview would go on to win the state play-in game before losing in the round of 16. Union and Heritage both lost in the play-in games.

3A GSHL: The Papermakers had the best season of any of the Clark County teams, winning their first 11 games before losing in the state quarterfinals in overtime. The 2010 Papermakers became the first team in school history to win a state playoff game. Mountain View lost in the state play-in game. Kelso made it to the first round of the state playoffs.

2A GSHL: Clark County’s teams all struggled. Washougal, Hockinson, and Woodland failed to advance to the postseason. Mark Morris reached the state semifinals. R.A. Long lost in the district playoffs.

Trico League: Stevenson won a share of the league title and hosted a playoff game for the first time in school history. The Bulldogs won that game before losing in the first round at state. La Center and Ridgefield also made it to the district playoffs, but both fell a game short of reaching state.