Hockinson shows its more than one-dimensional in 49-27 win

Racanelli (6 TDs), Brammer (2 TDs) help Hawks win 2A GSHL opener against Woodland

By Meg Wochnick, Columbian staff writer


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WOODLAND — If you think you know the Hockinson’s Hawks’ M.O., think again.

If you think the three-time reigning 2A Greater St. Helens League champions are still a one-dimensional team, they’re not.

Especially not after Friday’s 49-27 league-opening victory over Woodland at Beaver Stadium, where the Hawks clearly showed they’re not a one-dimensional team.

There was the display of senior quarterback Canon Racanelli, who showed his usual air-raid attack with 316 yards on 23 of 33 completions, but also had a career-high 107 yards rushing to account for six of the team’s seven touchdowns.

Then there was another standout receiver.

A familiar name — sophomore Sawyer Racanelli — was double-covered most of the night by the secondary assignments of Wyatt Harsh and Tyler Flanagan.

No problem for the Hawks’ offense.

“It’s hard for them to take advantage of one target because another one is going to go off,” Canon Racanelli said.

That other target was Peyton Brammer. The sophomore had a career night, finishing with 129 yards — 110 in the first half — on nine catches and two first-half touchdowns. It was part of a first half that featured a combined seven touchdowns between Hockinson and Woodland as both quarterbacks — Racanelli and Woodland’s Wyatt Harsh — each surpassed the 200-yard passing mark by halftime as Hockinson (3-0 overall, 1-0 league) led 28-21 at halftime.

It was Canon Racanelli Time in the second half. He had all three of the team’s second-half scores on touchdowns runs of 12 yards and two 1-run keepers as part of his career rushing night on 14 carries. His third-quarter score capped a 12-play, 70-yard drive that ate 6 minutes, 10 seconds off the clock to begin the third quarter. That was Hockinson’s longest possession of the game.

Woodland (1-2, 0-1) had big games from Christian Yager (two touchdown catches) in his season debut, including an 18-yard touchdown in the third quarter that kept it a one-possession game entering the fourth, Harsh, who finished with 270 yards passing and four touchdowns, and Flanagan, who finished with 101 receiving yards and two touchdowns. But Flanagan left the third quarter after injuring his left ankle on a 3-yard run. He did not return.

Hockinson’s win avenged its 34-25 home loss last season to Woodland, the only 2A GSHL loss in 2016 on their way to winning their third consecutive league title.

As the Hawks put it, they have 11 more games to go.

Said Brammer: “We had a big night. We’ve been waiting for this for a long time.”



Hock 14 14 7 14—49

Wood 7 14 6 0—27

First quarter

H — Peyton Brammer 26 pass from Canon Racanelli (kick good)

W — Tyler Flanagan 8 pass from Wyatt Harsh (kick good)

H — Bailey Jones 4 run (kick good)

Second quarter

H — Sawyer Racanelli 30 pass from Canon Racanelli (kick good)

W — Flanagan 63 pass from Harsh (kick good)

H — Brammer 7 pass from Racanelli (kick good)

W — Christian Yager 18 pass from Harsh (kick good)

Third quarter

H — Canon Racanelli 1 run (kick good)

W — Yager 14 pass from Harsh (kick failed)

Fourth quarter

H — Canon Racanelli 1 run (kick good)

H — Canon Racanelli 12 run (kick good)

Individual statistics

RUSHING — Hockinson: Canon Racanelli 14-107, Bailey Jones 4-20, Colton Wheeler 9-49, Kyle Nute 4-15, Matt Henry 1-2, Bobby McDermid 2-6, Jonathan Domingos 3-10; Woodland: Wyatt Harsh 7-38; Tyler Flanagan 6-10; Kenyon Guy 3-12.

PASSING — Hockinson: Canon Racanelli 23-33-0-316; Woodland: Wyatt Harsh 16-33-1-270.

RECEIVING — Hockinson: Peyton Brammer 9-129, Sawyer Racanelli 3-45, Matt Henry 4-70, Jake Beslanowitch 3-26, Colton Wheeler 1-7, Nicholas Frichti 1-22, Aidan Mallory 1-8; Woodland: Tyler Flanagan 4-101, Kenyon Guy 5-53, Christian Yager 3-72, Alex Bishop 2-17, Tristan Harris 1-13.