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All-Region football: Lincoln Victor, Union

Hawaii native Victor was explosive for state champion Titans

By , Columbian staff writer
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Union quarterback Lincoln Victor drapes the flag of Hawaii around his shoulders. Victor was born in Hawaii and moved to Vancouver with his familly when he was a toddler.
Union quarterback Lincoln Victor drapes the flag of Hawaii around his shoulders. Victor was born in Hawaii and moved to Vancouver with his familly when he was a toddler. Amanda Cowan/The Columbian Photo Gallery

What’s the best way to describe Lincoln Victor as a playmaker?

Explosive? Yes. Dynamic? You bet. Athletic? No doubt.

How about “Lightning”?

Try typing “Lincoln Victor” into social media status update, and it’ll likely autocorrect to Lightning Victor.

That’s 100 percent accurate in describing Union’s starting quarterback and The Columbian’s All-Region football player of the year, because Lightning Victor struck often during the Titans’ undefeated season.

Days following the state title on a historic day for Southwest Washington football, Victor still cherishes the moments that led to Union’s 14-0 season capped with a 52-20 win over Lake Stevens in the 4A title game.

“It’s truly something special,” he said. “We accomplished something greater than ourselves and greater than any other (football) team in Union history.

“Hard work doesn’t go unnoticed,” he continued. “When you dream of something and work hard for it, and put forth the effort for that one goal, success will come.”

Success on the biggest stage, too. Want impressive? Victor specialized in it. He threw for more than 2,500 yards and 25 touchdowns, rushed for 805 yards and 10 touchdowns plus orchestrated game-winning drives and a made momentum-shifting difference at cornerback in the state semifinals.

Throw or run, impacting every play and involving teammates every down is why Victor loves playing quarterback.

“I love the pressure of dictating where the ball goes,” he said, “and what happens on that play every single down. I live for those kinds of moments.”

And where were plenty. Want abnormal? Victor dominated there, too. He describes one of his most memorable runs of his career from this season — a long touchdown run on third down against Skyline in a game that Union converted touchdowns on its first seven drives. A design run up the middle, Victor bounced to the edge, and turned the corner for 53 yards.

Another player might’ve stepped out of bounds.

Not Victor, who also had a 66-yard score on a similar design run earlier in the game.

“I literally had nowhere to go but out,” he said.

Victor shined most in the postseason and as Victor went, so did the Titans. In five postseason games, he completed 80 percent of his passes for 1,412 yards and 17 touchdowns.

But Victor saved his best for last. He completed 19 of 24 passes for 327 yards and five touchdowns in the 52-20 title-game win over Lake Stevens. The five touchdowns broke the 4A title-game record for touchdown passes in a game.

At a flashy 5 feet 9 and 168 pounds, quarterbacking a football team is all Victor’s ever known and knows last weekend’s championship game is his final game as a quarterback.

The next stage is college football, where five programs are recruiting Victor at receiver and return specialist. He said he’ll make his college choice in February.

Playing quarterback since age 5 taught him numerous intangibles that breaded success throughout his Union career.

But leave no doubt: Lighting Victor will remain post-quarterback era.

“I want to be able to showcase my ability and every single facet of my game in a different way,” VIctor said. “I know my hard work and love of the game will take me far.

“It will be fun.”

All-Region football team

QB Levi Crum

Junior led Hawks to a 2A title repeat behind 3,800 yards passing and 52 TDs.

RB Jojo Siofele, Union

Senior had breakout season at multiple positions, and memorable 4A title game. Finished with 19 touchdowns, nearly 2,000 all-purpose yards.

RB Jack Mertens, Mountain View

3A GSHL co-offensive MVP averaged 9.8 yards per carry (1,511 rushing yards) with 24 total TDs.

WR Sawyer Racanelli, Hockinson

Junior’s 100 season receptions ranks 5th all-time statewide. Also broke 2 title-game rushing TD records.

WR Peyton Brammer, Hockinson

Two-way standout had at least one touchdown catch in all 12 games played (20 TDs, 1,018 yards).

WR Luc Sturbelle, Camas

A go-to receiver who averaged 15 yards per catch. Finished 740 yards and 10 touchdowns.

OL Giovanny Rojo, Union

Helped paved way for offense that averaged 38 points per game in undefeated season.

OL Rush Reimer, Camas

Big, physical presence on a stacked and experienced Papermakers offensive line.

OL Kobe Anderson, Mountain View

The 3A GSHL champions outscored opponents 42-7 and often had more than 450-plus yards of offense. That success starts up front.

OL Takumi Veley, Hockinson

Experience on the line started with Veley, who helped pave the way for the Hockinson offense.

OL Dumitru Salagor, Union

The TItans often dominated the line of scrimmage. Not much got past Union’s left tackle.

ATH Tyler Flanagan, Woodland

Do-it-all senior made 100 tackles, accounted for 53 TDs and broke school’s 30-year rushing record as part of highlight-reel season.

DL Marvin Barber, Union

Part of a fast, front-7 state champion defense that controlled the line of scrimmage

DL Nathan Balderas, Hockinson

Dominant on both sides of the ball for two-time Class 2A state champs.

DL Micah Baylous, Skyview

Two-way all-4A GSHL pick helped Storm back to the 4A state playoffs.

DL Andrew Remlinger, Mountain View

Fast, athletic, smart lineman helped the Thunder only allow 7.3 points per game.

LB Brevan Bea, Washougal

A dominant presence up the middle who averaged double digits in tackles per game and shut down opponents’ run game.

LB Shane Jamison, Camas

Senior impressed all year even when called upon to assisted elsewhere on offense.

LB Brock Harrison, Ridgefield

2A GSHL defensive MVP set the tone defensively for the Spudders.

LB Tyler Summers, Union

Titans’ leading tackler at outside backer had a natural nose for the ball.

DB Darien Chase, Union

Opposing QBs usually shed away from the Nebraska commit and 4A GSHL defensive MVP.

DB Michael Bolds, Mountain View

Great speed, hips and hands helped make for a school-record nine interceptions.

DB Cooper Barnum, Skyview

Big-time playmaker on Storm’s defense often kept big plays from happening.

PK Andrew Boyle, Camas

Was a touchback, field goal and point-after machine. Made three field goals and went 8 for 8 on PATs in one game.

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