It’s a game that both head football coaches remember for mostly the same reasons.
From a downpour that never let up to a rivalry that was at its peak in 2002.
For Evergreen and Mountain View, the stakes reached a high point when they met for the 4A Greater St. Helens League title on a rain-soaked Thursday night at McKenzie Stadium.
Cale Piland, in his second year as Evergreen’s head coach at the time, viewed his Plainsmen as the underdogs against a Mountain View squad that reached the state semifinals a year earlier.
Mike Woodward, now Woodland’s head coach, recalls that Mountain View team as one of his best “top to bottom” he’s had over his head-coaching career. But Evergreen’s 19-15 victory on Nov. 7, 2002, over the Thunder behind a flurry of points by both teams in the final 4 minutes helped pave the way for what was to come for the Plainsmen the next two seasons.