1. Battle Ground is basically playing two league schedules
During the reclassification process, Battle Ground took advantage of a new rule by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association by applying to allow its football team to compete as a 3A school. The Tigers’ appeal was rejected. Still, Battle Ground filled its schedule with games against teams it was hoping to play as a member of the 3A GSHL. Perhaps, the Tigers will use the results from these games to make another case to drop down to 3A in the future.
2. Champions staying close to home
The 2019 4A state champion Camas Papermakers have loaded up their schedule with some quality opponents like Gonzaga Prep, Lake City of Idaho, Tumwater and Oregon schools Clackamas and Jesuit. But the farthest Camas fans will have to travel for a road game is to Beaverton, Ore., to play Jesuit.
3. Seven straight at McKenzie for Union
After a long road trip to open the season against Campo Verde of Gilbert, Ariz., the Titans return to Vancouver to play seven straight at McKenzie Stadium, including three “road” games against Mountain View, Heritage and Evergreen. Union also has non-league games against Coeur d’Alene (Idaho) and 4A state qualifier Wenatchee.
4. Prairie seeks out a challenge
In past years, Prairie preferred to fill out its non-league schedule with 2A opponents or teams from Oregon. But after the best season in years, the Falcons are facing four 4A non-league opponents — Battle Ground, Skyview, West Valley of Yakima and 4A state semifinalist Woodinville.
5. No Kelso vs. Longview
Kelso’s rivalry with R.A. Long (and its predecessor, Longview High) dates back to 1923. And while that rivalry has had some gaps over the years, the Hilanders also have a long rivalry with Mark Morris. So it may very well be true that it has been nearly a century since Kelso didn’t have a Longview school on its football schedule. But that’s how Kelso’s 2020 schedule looks like. The Hilanders have not lost to a Longview rival in six years and last year Kelso swept the Monarchs and Lumberjacks by a combined score of 110-0. So both teams are off Kelso’s 2020 slate. Kelso instead will fill out its non-league schedule with the likes of W.F. West, North Thurston, Ballard, Skyview and Battle Ground.