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Cast your vote on classic pre-2000 prep football game to revisit

Voting will remain open through noon Monday

By , Columbian Assistant Sports Editor

Late last month, The Columbian asked fans to submit which regular-season games they would like to see included as part of our Friday Night Flashback series.

In total, 34 regular-season games were offered up, dating back to 1937.

We’ve broken these games into three groups — 2010 to present, 2000 to 2009 and 1999 and earlier. Fans will be asked to vote for their favorite game among these to be added to our Friday Night Flashback.

We’ll be asking for postseason game nominations in October.

Click here for the link to vote on the best game from 2000-2009.

Click here for the link to vote on the best game from 2010 to present.

Here are the nominees for Pre-2000 games for consideration. Ballots will close on noon Monday.

1998: Columbia River 28, Evergreen 14 — A heated rivalry from 1985 ends with No. 1 River beating No. 4 Evergreen behind the play of Billy Knotts and Brett Pierce. River would drop down to 3A the next season.

1995: Evergreen 47, Kelso 20 — Derek Birley throws five touchdown passes as the Plainsmen score a big upset over the Hilanders, helping to spark Evergreen to a postseason run that would reach the state semifinals.

1992: Evergreen 42, Columbia River 35, OT — Plainsmen trailed 21-0 but rally back to force OT, where they won it. Tony Slotto throws for more than 300 yards for Evergreen.

1983: Toledo 33, Ridgefield 27, 7OT — This game broke the state record set by Battle Ground and Olympia eight years earlier for the longest game in state history (Bothell and Pasco played nine OTs in 2006). Like the 1975 game, it was tied 0-0 after regulation, then 7-7 after 2 OTs, 14-14 after 3 OTs, 21-21 after 5 OTs, 27-27 after 6 OTs.

1975: Battle Ground 22, Olympia, 6-OT — This was the first six-overtime game in Washington state history. The Tigers and Bears were tied 0-0 after regulation, 6-6 after one OT, 13-13 after two OTs, 19-19 after five OTs before Willie Brosseau’s 21-yard field goal won it.

1983 — Prairie 2, Camas 0 — Camas’ Scott Gibson runs 60 yards the wrong way on a punt return for a safety for the only points of the game on a rain-soaked night in Camas.

1937 — Camas 18, Vancouver 14 — On the game’s final play, Don Gigler returns a punt 80 yards to lift the Papermakers on Thanksgiving Day.