The Panthers kept pushing and throwing and catching and running until the Lumberjacks cracked.
Washougal football (5-0) sent a shock wave through the 2A Greater St. Helens League by defeating R.A. Long 42-14 Friday, at Fishback Stadium. It started slowly and methodically on a 97-yard scoring drive that took nine minutes off the clock in the first quarter. Sam O’Hara finished the deal with a 1-yard touchdown run.
“I’m proud of the way our kids rallied together,” said head coach Bob Jacobs. “A talented team like R.A. Long is always just a couple of big plays from being right back in the game. We played tough defense, whether it was getting a turnover or a making a big stop on the 1-yard line.”
Just when the Jacks seemed to be rolling down the field at an unstoppable force, Caleb Howard snagged an interception out of the end zone to get the ball back for Washougal. And once again, O’Hara dashed into the end zone for his second touchdown.
Washougal then went to the air. Right after R.A. Long scored it’s first touchdown of the game, Colton Sullivan sent the football into orbit and it came down in the hands of Karsten Short. The 6-foot-3 wide receiver took the ball all the way to the end zone for a 75-yard catch and score.
“Colton put that one on the money,” Short said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better pass.”