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Washougal’s Sam Evers is The Columbian Week 1 prep football player of the week

Senior caught six passes for 177 yards and a touchdown last week

By Micah Rice, Columbian Sports Editor
Published: September 4, 2023, 6:00am

Washougal’s Sam Evers is The Columbian Week 1 high school football player of the week.

Evers received 833 of the 1,754 votes cast this week to win the honor.

The senior caught six passes for 177 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers’ 45-8 win over River Ridge.

The next player-of-the-week vote will start Monday with five new nominees. The vote continues through Wednesday.

Winners of the player-of-the-week may not be nominated again during the regular season. Athletes cannot be nominated in consecutive weeks.

Here are the accomplishments of the other Week 1 nominees:

Elijah Andersen, Woodland

The junior rushed for 168 yards and three touchdowns, including a 60-yarder, in a 44-30 win over Kalama

Houston Coyle, La Center

The junior returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and added a 6-yard rushing score while tallying 65 all-purpose yards in the Wildcats’ 43-7 win against Hockinson.

Hudson Holzhauer, Stevenson

The senior compiled 22 tackles, including nine tackles for loss (four sacks) as the Bulldogs held on for a 20-14 win over King’s Way Christian.

Aiden Nicholson, Mountain View

The senior had six catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-21 loss to Nooksack Valley.