For 30 minutes of football Friday at R.A. Long High School, the Washougal Panthers played with fire in their eyes. Only problem, high school football games go 48 minutes.
The hometown Lumberjacks scored three straight touchdowns in the second half to win 36-23.
For the first 24 minutes of the game, Washougal matched R.A. Long point-for-point. The Jacks struck first on a 35-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. The Panthers stalled and punted, but got the ball back on a fumble recovery by Caleb Howard.
Aleks Arzhanov and Ryan Erdwins each had two runs for first downs, and Sam O’Hara snatched a 15-yard catch. O’Hara finished off the drive with a goal line sprint into the end zone. R.A. Long responded shortly with a 59-yard touchdown run, and a run in for two points.
Unfazed, the Panthers marched down the field and scored again. A 38-yard catch by O’Hara set up Arzhanov for a touchdown run. O’Hara added a 2-point conversion run to tie the score at 15-15.
The game remained tied at halftime. Over the next 18 minutes, the Lumberjacks scored 21 points. The Panthers put together one more five-minute touchdown drive, scored by Austin Tofell. O’Hara carried in another 2-point conversion to make it a two-possession game, but there was not enough time for Washougal to get the ball back.
Camas smashes Prairie
The Camas Papermakers erupted for a 48-0 lead over the Prairie Falcons at halftime, before cruising to a 55-7 victory Friday, at District Stadium in Battle Ground.
Zack Marshall matched two touchdown runs with a 94-yard kick off return for his third trip to the end zone. Logan Grindy delivered an 11-yard TD run and a 19-yard TD pass to Brent Hill. John Payne returned an interception for 34 yards and a touchdown. Julian Samuels and Kenny Marshall each added touchdown runs.
Camas led 55-0, before Prairie finally scored seven points in the third quarter.
The Camas and Washougal high school football teams are both preparing for home games next week.
The Panthers host Crook County, Ore., for their Homecoming game Friday, at Fishback Stadium. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
The Papermakers return to Doc Harris Stadium Friday to play Hudson’s Bay. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
Read more about these games in Tuesday’s Post-Record.
See you on the sidelines.