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Formats for 2A GSHL, 3A GSHL football tiebreakers differ

Both tiebreakers are Monday night, 2A at Battle Ground, 3A in Camas

By Tim Martinez, Columbian Assistant Sports Editor
Published: October 28, 2023, 9:51pm

The tiebreaker is not until Monday, but Washougal has already won in one way.

By winning a coin toss, Washougal will not be in the first matchup Monday when the Panthers tangle with Ridgefield and Hudson’s Bay in a three-team football tiebreaker for the 2A Greater St. Helens League.

That means Washougal is guaranteed not to be the No. 4 seed to the Week 10 district playoffs. And that means the Panthers won’t meet top-ranked Tumwater.

Ridgefield (6-3) and Hudson’s Bay (7-2) will face off in the first tiebreaker Monday at District Stadium in Battle Ground. The tiebreaker starts at 7 p.m.

The tiebreaker will follow overtime rules, which means each team will have an offensive possession from the 25-yard line. If the two teams remain tied after the first possession, they will get another possession starting from the 25. After that possessions start at the 10.

The loser of the Ridgefield-Bay tiebreaker will be the No. 4 seed and will travel to play Tumwater on Saturday. The tiebreaker winner will advance to meet Washougal (7-2) in the same format, with the winner being the No. 2 seed and host Aberdeen on Saturday and the loser being the No. 3 seed, which travels to W.F. West of Chehalis.

3A GSHL TIEBREAKER: Kelso (3-6), Evergreen (5-4) and Prairie (2-7) will meet in a three-team 3A GSHL tiebreaker at 7 p.m. Monday at Doc Harris Stadium in Camas.

Those three teams are playing for the 3A GSHL’s second playoff berth, and the 3A GSHL tiebreaker will have a different format than the 2A GSHL tiebreaker.

In 3A GSHL tiebreaker, possessions will start at the 40-yard line, and each team will receive two possessions, unless one team scores on both of its possessions and the other does not score on its first possession. In that case, once a team takes a two-score lead, the tiebreaker is over.

If the two teams remained tied after two possessions each, then the tiebreaker will revert to normal overtime rules, with possessions starting on the 25.

Kelso will face Prairie in the first tiebreaker with the loser being eliminated. The winner will face Evergreen in the next tiebreaker, with the winner claiming the playoff spot. The 3A GSHL’s No. 2 team will face Garfield of Seattle at 3 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.

There is no admission charge for spectators at Doc Harris Stadium.