LA CENTER — With a team that has only four seniors, the La Center Wildcats have certainly grown up in a hurry.
But it isn’t just in their two early-season victories, including Friday’s 24-8 win over 2A Woodland that longtime head coach John Lambert has seen the most growth. That credit goes all the way back to June.
“I felt that at (team) camp,” Lambert said. “The biggest jump in high school (football) is from sophomore to junior year, particularly when you play as a sophomore and make mistakes, but they’re a talented group.
Mountain View 49, Ridgefield 24
With a tough week one loss to Class 1A power Nooksack Valley behind them, the Thunder were re-energized for week two against Ridgefield, all but overwhelming the Spudders on their home field.
Evergreen 62, Hockinson 14
Evergreen forced eight turnovers, returning three interceptions for touchdowns.
Stadium 28, Heritage 0
Heritage defense played a solid game, but the Timberwolves offense could not get any consistency against Stadium of Tacoma.
Kalama 16, Castle Rock 7
Junior quarterback Aiden Brown threw for 173 yards and a touchdown, and added 81 yards rushing and a touchdown for Kalama, and the defense held Castle Rock scoreless for the last 3½ quarters.
Hudson’s Bay 53, King’s Way Christian 13
Rafael Bauman and Talon Leon Guerrero accounted for five touchdowns as run-heavy Hudson’s Bay rolled.
GW Graham 35, Prairie 33
Prairie rallied late but couldn’t overcome a pair of third-quarter miscues in a loss to a team from Chilliwack, British Columbia.
Mark Morris 22, Astoria 0
Decker Bartell hauled in a 30-yard touchdown pass from Nate Stephens and the Monarchs defense shut out the Fishermen on the road.
Washougal 37, Toppenish 8
Holden Bea threw four touchdown passes and rushed for another as the Panthers improved to 2-0 on the season.
Seton Catholic 23, Goldendale 7
Lucas Morris intercepted three passes, including one he returned 32 yards for a touchdown for the Cougars (2-0).
Camas 55, Glacier Peak 20
Titan Brody rushed for three touchdowns and Jake Davidson threw three touchdown passes as the Papermakers rolled.
Yelm 62, Union 34
Damian Aalona threw four touchdowns, and the Tornados blew past Union.
Hoquiam 50, Fort Vancouver 22
The Trappers stayed close with Hoquiam until the Grizzlies pulled away in the second half.
Stevenson 13, Columbia-White Salmon 7
Derek White caught two long touchdown passes from Kacen Bach as the Bulldogs won the Gorge Bowl rivalry game for the fifth time in the last six games.
Kelso 48, Capital 20
Blake Parsons had two touchdown runs and Jay Eubanks returned a fumble 22 yards for a touchdown as the Hilanders blitzed to a 41-6 lead by halftime.
Mercer Island 49, R.A. Long 0
R.A. Long’s debut on the new turf at Longview Memorial Stadium did not go so well, as the 3A Islanders of Mercer Island rolled to victory.