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Week 9 prep football highlights: Kelso rallies to beat Evergreen in OT

Evergreen loss creates three-team tiebreaker for second in 3A GSHL

By , Columbian Assistant Sports Editor

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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