Tim Martinez: This week will show what Clark County football is made of

Tim Martinez: High Schools



There has been a lot written this fall about the number of blowouts in Clark County football this season, some even in this column.

And there were many reasons offered to explain those blowouts.

One that comes to mind was the one that said maybe the elite teams in Southwest Washington were just really good, and that we’d find that out in the playoffs.

Well, we’re finding that out.

Skyview, Union and Camas are the surviving Clark County teams through two weeks of playoff games. King’s Way Christian is also alive in the state quarterfinals, but the Knights haven’t played an elimination game yet.

Skyview, Union and Camas were the elite in Southwest Washington. Those teams went 17-2 against Greater St. Helens League teams, with the only losses being Skyview wins over Union and Camas. Most of those wins have come by comfortable margins.

And the margin of victories in the playoffs haven’t been all that close for the elite of Southwest Washington.

Skyview has won by an average score of 41-12.

Union has won by an average of 37-7.

And Camas? Try 53-7.

All three teams figure to face much bigger challenges in the state quarterfinals this week. All three face unbeaten and highly-ranked foes.

Skyview faces unbeaten Bellarmine Prep in the 4A quarterfinal at Kiggins Bowl. Bellarmine is the top-ranked team in the state by the Seattle Times, and the Lions have won their two playoff games by an average score of 40-13.

Union faces second-ranked Woodinville at 2 p.m. Saturday at Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell. Woodinville is also unbeaten. Woodinville has won its two playoff games by an average score of 47-12.

And Camas will face unbeaten and No. 5 ranked Meadowdale at home. The Mavericks have won two playoffs by an average of 27-12.

No word yet on when Skyview and Camas will play. Check back to www.360preps.com on Monday for updates. We expect those games will be played Saturday.

Skyview, Union and Camas are the elite of Southwest Washington. If they want be ranked among the elite of the state, they’ll need to win this week.

King’s Way

Clark County’s other football team that still is playing is King’s Way Christian. The Knights earned a berth into the eight-team Class 1B state tournament by winning the Southwest Washington 1B League. The Knights will host Odessa-Harrington on Saturday.

The Score Czar

Hey, if you like comparing scores in high school football, you’ll love www.scoreczar.com. ScoreCzar is a website launched this fall that features computer rankings for high school teams in Washington and Oregon, as well as NCAA football.

To make the rankings, the computer takes each team’s points scored, points allowed, strength of schedule and other components.

And during the playoffs, the ScoreCzar uses the same computer to predict scores of high school football games. Some have been spot on. Others, not so much. But it does lead to interesting discussions. So check out the ScoreCzar.

Columbian picks

Computer? We do need no stinkin’ computer!

If you like predictions, you can also check out The Columbian’s high school blog, where by Wednesday, you’ll find weekly high school football game preview capsules that include predictions.

So far in the postseason, The Columbian is 15-0 with its picks.

Score one for the football prognosticating proletariat!

Winter sports get rolling

The high school winter sports season gets under way today with the season openers for girls bowling teams.

Girls bowling, which has its state tournament in early February, gets a two-week head start on its season compared to other winter sports.

This season, Camas will field a girls bowling team, and that’s good news for scheduling. It means all 12 schools in the 4A and 3A Greater St. Helens will compete in girls bowling, plus Mark Morris and R.A. Long from the 2A GSHL. That makes an even 14 teams.

All fourteen will be rolling on Monday, Wednesday and Friday this week.

Oh, and basketball, wrestling and boys swimming athletes begin practices today to prepare for the season. Gymnasts began practices last week.

Tim Martinez is the assistant sports editor/prep coordinator for The Columbian. He can be reached at (360) 735-4538 or tim.martinez@columbian.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/360TMart.