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Woodland holds on for 28-21 win over Columbia River

By PAUL WILLIAMS, for The Columbian
Published: September 23, 2022, 10:53pm

The Woodland Beavers held an impromptu “Turn Back the Clock” night at Beaver Stadium Friday night as they ran the ball early, often and very successfully in a 28-21 victory over the Columbia River Rapids in 2A Greater St. Helens League football contest.

The Woodland ground game was led by sophomore Elijah Andersen who rushed for 182 yards and a touchdown and offensive guard/fullback Daeton Lofgren scored three touchdowns of his own.

All told the Beavers rushed for 214 yards and ran 58 plays on offense compared to 35 for the Rapids.

Woodland (1-1 in 2A GSHL play, 2-2 overall) set the tone on the opening drive of the game, chewing up nearly 10 minutes of the clock with a 15-play, 75-yard drive ending in a Lofgren two-yard run. After Columbia River (0-2, 1-3) tied the game on an Adam Watts touchdown run, the Beavers responded with another touchdown and never trailed again.

There were some anxious moments late in the game as the Rapids moved to within seven at 28-21 on a touchdown pass from Watts to Reece Mickel with 1:19 to play. However, Woodland recovered the ensuing onside kick to seal the victory.

Penalties also played a role as Columbia River was flagged seven times to just once for Woodland, who travels to Hockinson next week.

Watts led the Rapids, who play host to R.A. Long next week, with 170 yards of total offense. Thomas Blau caught five passes for 103 yards.


Columbia River 0 7 0 14—21

Woodland 7 7 7 7—28

First quarter

W — Daeton Lofgren 2 run (Diego Almondovar kick)

Second quarter

CR — Adam Watts 10 run (Gage Newman kick)

W — Lofgren 5 run (Almondovar kick)

Third quarter

W — Elijah Andersen 4 run (Almondovar kick)

Fourth quarter

CR — Watts 4 run (Newman kick)

W — Lofgren 1 run (Almondovar kick)

CR — Reece Mickel 16 pass from Watts (Newman kick)


RUSHING — Columbia River: Watts 12-23, Elijah Anguiano 2-16, Levi Hongel 3-15, Nicholas Ianello 2-5, Thomas Blau 1-1. Woodland: Andersen 31-182, Keaton Northcut 3-27, Daeton Lofgren 6-15, Brett Martynowicz 3-5, Team 3-(-4).

PASSING — Columbia River: Watts 9-14-142, Satchel Baskette 1-1-24. Woodland — Martynowicz 8-12-70.

RECEIVING — Columbia River: Blau 5-103, Mickel 2-18, Joseph Pena 2-13, Jacob Fobbs 1-20, Anguiano 1-12. Woodland: Drew Burns 3-23, Northcut 2-21, Andersen 1-15, Justin Philpot 1-11, Landon Utter 1-0.