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Hockinson fends off late rally to beat R.A. Long 30-22

Hawks built 30-0 halftime lead, then hang on for first win of season

By Tim Martinez, Columbian Assistant Sports Editor
Published: September 21, 2023, 11:48pm
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Members of the Hockinson football team take the field prior to their game against R.A. Long at Hockinson High School on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023.
Members of the Hockinson football team take the field prior to their game against R.A. Long at Hockinson High School on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023. (Tim Martinez/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

HOCKINSON — After dominating the first half, Hockinson had to withstand a fourth-quarter comeback to escape with a 30-22 win over R.A. Long in a 2A Greater St. Helens League game on Thursday.

Hockinson’s defense limited R.A. Long to 27 yards of offense and just one first down in the first half.

A bad snap led to an intentional grounding call on the Lumberjacks, giving Hockinson a 2-0 lead with 7:12 left in the first quarter.

Good field position allowed the Hockinson offense to get rolling. Aiden Donowitz threw three touchdowns passes, two to Gage Prepula, as the Hawks (1-3, 1-1 2A GSHL) built a 30-0 lead by halftime.

But the Hawks were unable to add to their lead in the third, allowing the Lumberjacks (1-3, 0-2) time to find their offensive stride.

Nicholas Niday entered the game at quarterback late in the third quarter. Niday hit Koynn Williamdyke with a 50-yard touchdown pass to cut the deficit to 30-8 with 11:45 left in the game.

After the defense held, R.A. Long got within 30-16 on a 39-yard touchdown pass to Williamdyke with 8:14 left.

The Lumberjacks recovered the ensuing onside kick, but were unable to convert, fumbling the ball back to the Hawks.

R.A. Long got the ball back and drove to the Hockinson 31 before turning it over on downs with 3:14 left.

Niday hit Lonnie Brown Jr., with a 19-yard touchdown pass with 21 seconds to play. The Hawks sealed the win by recovering an onside kick.

Carter Cameron caught 12 passes for 112 yards for Hockinson. Prepula and Cameron each had an interception on defense.

Niday completed 10 of 15 passes for 157 yards and three touchdowns.

HOCKINSON 30, R.A. LONG 22

RA Long 0 0 0 22—22

Hockinson 8 22 0 0 —30

First quarter

H — Safety, intentional grounding in end zone.

H — Nelson Thompson 1 run (kick blocked)

Second quarter

H — Carter Cameron 13 pass from Aiden Donowitz (Cameron pass from Donowitz)

H — Gage Prepula 13 pass from Donowitz (Trevor Holmes kick)

H — Prepula 10 pass from Donowitz (Holmes kick)

Fourth quarter

RAL — Koynn Williamdyke 50 pass from Nicholas Niday (Aeybel Milian pass from Niday)

RAL — Williamdyke 39 pass from Niday (Lonnie Brown Jr. pass from Niday)

RAL — Brown 19 pass from Niday (pass failed)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — R.A. Long: Taijon Reagins 4-19, Devon Harris 2-16, Nicholas Niday 6-8, Koynn Williamdyke 3-6, Franklin Pihl 2-(-5), Logan Dorland 2-(-4). Hockinson: Nelson Thompson 6-33, Andon Stenersen 11-32, Shey Yarbrough 5-22, Brody Bonife 1-2, Xavier Maitland 3-4, Aiden Donowitz 4-(-41), team 1-(-16).

PASSING — R.A. Long: Taijon Reagins 8-18-2-66, Nicholas Niday 10-15-0-157. Hockinson: Aiden Donowitz 21-32-0-186, Andon Stenersen 5-8-0-62, Gage Prepula 1-1-0-33.

RECEIVING — R.A. Long: Koynn Williamdyke 3-97, Aeybel Milian 6-75, Logan Dorland 5-33, Devon Harris 1-3, Lonnie Brown Jr. 2-19, Sixto Soto 1-(-4). Hockinson: Carter Cameron 12-112, Kasen Niemitalo 3-38, Brody Bonife 2-37, Shey Yarbrough 1-13, Gage Prepula 4-49, Nelson Thompson 2-12, Xavier Maitland 1-4, Zachary Chung 2-35.

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