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On Further Review: 4A/3A GSHL football teams set for busy week

Games will take place Tuesday, Saturday

By , Columbian Assistant Sports Editor, and
The Columbian

The 2020-21 football season is over for teams in Class 2A, 1A and 2B.

But the season continues for 4A/3A Greater St. Helens League teams with an odd schedule.

There will be four games played on Tuesday, and another four played on Saturday, as the league squeezed another round of games into a narrow six-week window.

“Well, I’ve been around long enough to remember when we played those Tuesday playoff games,” Mountain View coach Adam Mathieson said. “We’d go Thursday, Tuesday and Saturday back then. This will be just like that.”

After beating Evergreen 49-7 on Thursday, Skyview coach Steve Kizer gave his players Friday off to recuperate. Then it was back to work Saturday to get ready for a Tuesday matchup at Camas.

“Now we’re like a basketball team,” Kizer said. “We’ve got to play on Tuesday. But we’ll get them ready for Camas. … (The players) won’t have the weekend off, that’s for sure. We’ll have to make Saturday practice like a Tuesday practice.”

The turnaround window will be much tighter for Camas. Because of the pause in activities after a COVID-19 outbreak among its students, Camas had to push its game with Kelso from Thursday to Friday, giving the Papermakers just three days of rest ahead of the Skyview game.

Kelso was the lucky team to draw the bye for Tuesday’s round of games.

Seton beats odds in winning season

The Seton Catholic football team had to overcome more challenges than a lot of other teams this odd football season.

First, the Cougars had a first-year, first-time head coach in Dennis Herling. Secondly, the Cougars had a roster of just 21 players.

But the Cougars made it work, giving Herling a winning record in his first season as Friday’s 57-12 win over Fort Vancouver left Seton at 3-2.

The Cougars only had five seniors, but most played key roles in Friday’s win.

Elijah Volk rushed for 194 yards and caught a 13-yard touchdown pass. Quarterback Noah Carlos threw for 237 yards and five touchdowns.

And even lineman Ken Koceja got onto the stat sheet.

In the second quarter with Seton leading 30-0, Koceja got an 8-yard rush from the Fort 10 to the 2. Then the Cougars gave Koceja another shot at a touchdown, but the senior was stopped at the 1. From there, junior CJ Hamblin ran in for the touchdown.