Steve Amrine has had memorable victories in his tenure as a high school football coach, but there’s a high probability he’s never been more excited and thrilled than what his Kelso Hilanders accomplished than Friday night at McKenzie Stadium.
What makes the 29-22 overtime victory over Evergreen in the regular-season finale so special is not only what came with it, but how the Hilanders did it: a come-from-behind road win to secure the 3A Greater St. Helens League title outright and a potential home playoff game in Week 10.
The last time Kelso (6-2, 4-0) went unbeaten in league came in 2004 when the Pat Hymes-led Hilanders reached the 3A state semifinals and finished 11-2.
“Gosh, it’s been a long time,” Amrine said postgame.
Skyview 28, Union 6
In a gritty 28-6 win over Union, the Storm showed they’re forged of they stuff worthy of a postseason berth.
Now the Storm (7-2, 2-1) join Camas as the two Class 4A Greater St. Helens League entries into the state playoffs. Both will learn their Week 10 opponents once a seeding committee completes its work this weekend.
Camas 42,Battle Ground 0
Taylor Ioane combined for four touchdowns as Camas bowled over Battle Ground, 42-0, to clinch their third 4A Greater St. Helens League title in four years on a wet night at Doc Harris Stadium.
Prairie 50, Heritage 0
The Falcons needed a win and needed Kelso to defeat Evergreen to force a three-way tie for second place in the 3A Greater St. Helens League. And that’s exactly what happened.
Prairie thumped the Heritage Timberwolves 50-0 at District Stadium. The Falcons, the Plainsmen and the Mountain View Thunder all finished the regular season with 2-2 records in league play.
Mountain View 45, Richland 44
Mitch Johnson threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Akili Kamau with 16 seconds left as the Thunder rallied for a non-league win in the Tri-Cities.
Washougal 58, Hockinson 40
Washougal rolled to a 58-40 win at Fishback Stadium behind a surgical offensive performance from quarterback Holden Bea, complemented by a host of playmakers on both sides of the ball.
Mark Morris 35, R.A. Long 13
Kellen Desbiens threw for two touchdowns and Dossen Morrow rushed in two more as the Monarchs rolled to a win in the Longview rivalry game.
Ridgefield 31, Woodland 14
Logan DeBeaumont threw three touchdown passes and Cly Stephens rushed for two scores as Ridgefield clinched the No. 3 seed from the 2A Greater St. Helens League with a 31-14 win at Woodland.
Columbia River 44, Hudson’s Bay 8
Adam Watts threw five touchdown passes and scored on a 64-yard run as the Rapids beat Hudson’s Bay 44-8 on Friday at Kiggins Bowl.
La Center 31, Castle Rock 0
The Wildcats let their defense do their smacking, shutting out the Rockets 31-0. The Wildcats held the Rockets’ potent rushing attack to 51 net yards on 38 carries to clinch the Trico League title.
Seton Catholic 55, King’s Way Christian 34
Joe Callerame and Jacob Williams led a strong rushing attack for the Cougars. Callerame rushed for 160 yards and two touchdowns He also caught a 54-yard touchdown from Kolton Gesser and recovered a fumble for a touchdown.
Fort Vancouver 20, Columbia-White Salmon 0
Kaeleb Cvitkovich threw two touchdown passes to Evan Mendez and one to Brayden Vilendre as the Trappers won on the road for their first three-win season since 2007.
Toledo 34, Stevenson 28
Kacen Bach threw for 277 yards and three touchdowns and added a touchdown run, but it was not quite enough to pull off an upset, falling 34-28 to Toledo.
Kalama 36, Adna 6
Kalama interjected themselves right back into the heart of the postseason conversation by dismantling Adna 36-6 in a pivotal 2B SWW League (South Division) football contest.