Friday night went about as badly as it could for Mountain View.
Not only did the Thunder drop a lopsided 49-21 loss to Skyview, gave up 474 yards of offense and lost a fumble on the Skyview 1-yard line, but the Thunder may also have lost their starting quarterback.
Glen Perry Jr. left Friday’s game after hurting his knee and ankle when he got sandwiched by a couple of Skyview defenders in the second quarter.
After staying down on the turf for a while, Perry got up and attempted to walk off on his own power. However, he quickly realized he couldn’t put much weight on his left leg and needed assistance getting to the sideline.
Mountain View coach Adam Mathieson said Perry will receive an MRI later this week. The knee injury is the greater of the two concerns.
Mathieson said the Thunder will hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.
Perry has rushed for 433 yards and five touchdowns this season and passed for 485 and eight touchdowns. He had 75 yards rushing in the first half Friday before leaving the game.
Sophomore Garrett Moen and freshman Riley McCarthy played quarterback in the second half on Friday, and Mathieson was pleased with how they performed.
Papermakers get help
Camas escaped, but barely. Much of Camas’ win comeback win Friday over Coeur d’Alene included costly penalties and turnovers by the Vikings that aided the Papermakers’ late-game comeback.
On the final drive after recovering an onside kick, Camas quarterback Kyle Allen found Isaiah Abdul for a 19-yard gain, and a Viking late hit penalty set up the first and goal that led to the go-ahead score by Drake Owen. Owen had the team’s final two touchdowns and finished with eight catches for 72 yards.
“He’s such a playmaker,” Camas coach Jon Eagle said.
Notice anything different at McKenzie Stadium Friday night?
Union and Heritage football teams sure did just beyond the west and east endzones — return of playclocks.
Malfunctioning playclocks meant the team’s first two weeks of games at McKenzie Stadium were played without the standard 25-second playclocks. Not the biggest deal in the world for high school managing games without them, but the return of the playclocks at each endzone Friday night were a welcoming addition, Union quarterback Lincoln Victor said.
“You can judge how a defense gets set up, and you can really judge how much time we’re managing,” he said. “Everything gets more simpler.
Union had only one delay-of-game penalty in its 33-29 victory over Tumwater. Heritage had zero in its 38-20 loss to Redmond.
Nick of time
For the second time in four games, the Hudson’s Bay won on a field goal inside the final 10 seconds. Nick Campbell hit a 19-yarder from a tough angle to beat Woodland 16-15 on Friday. When the pressure mounts, the Eagles act like they have been there before.
That’s because they go to those pressure situations often in practice. Friday, coach Ray Lions talked about the importance of role-playing pressure situations. He learned the value of “purposeful practice” at a coaching clinic he attended last spring.
“We practice last-second kicks,” Lions said. “We practice two-minute offense. We practice kickoffs, squibbing and getting our best defenders out there. We practice those things so we’re prepared for the moment. When the moment comes, we’ve done it so much, it’s second nature.”
Hawks keep focus
Of the thousands of words Hockinson coach Rick Steele spouts at his team each week, he swears one has yet to cross his lips:
Both teams are 2-0 in GSHL 2A play following Friday night’s action, and their showdown in two weeks at Fishback Stadium likely will determine the league champion.
In between for the No.7 Hawks is Homecoming week, culminating with a game against winless Mark Morris. which just threw a big scare into the aforementioned Panthers.
Between the distractions of Homecoming and a potential trap game vs. a Monarchs team that seeks its first win in nearly two years, Steele figures his Hawks have enough on their plate without thinking about that team whose name he dares not say.
“In our team huddle just now, we said that Ridgefield is one step that’s behind us now, and Mark Morris is what’s ahead of us,” Steele said. “Mark Morris hasn’t won in a long time, and that has them hungry. You know what would make their year? Knocking us off. They’re an improved team; they proved that tonight. We can’t afford to think about that next team yet.”
Return of Flanagan
While at a hospital for X-rays, Woodland standout Tyler Flanagan feared the worst after he suffered an ankle injury Sept. 15 against Hockinson.
But Flanagan’s fears of an extended absence don’t look like they’ll come to pass. Though he missed Friday’s nonleague game against Hudson’s Bay with a high ankle sprain, Flanagan hopes to return next week for a 2A Greater St. Helens League game at R.A. Long.
“It comes down to whether I can tolerate the pain,” Flanagan said Friday.
The speedy and sure-handed Flanagan has three rushing touchdowns and two receiving touchdowns in three games.
Tough run for Spuds
Ridgefield just finished running a gauntlet of playoff teams from a year ago — W.F. West, defending Trico champion La Center, and defending GSHL 2A champion Hockinson — and while the Spudders went 0-3 and were outscored 110-25 during that stretch, second-year coach Kim Ulman believes his team has shown progress.
“We just played three very good football teams in a row,” he said. “When you play good teams, you can’t help them out. I thought tonight, we did a better job of limiting mistakes and controlling what we can control. But our mistakes still got us a couple of times. They hit a few big plays, and that changed things.”