Washougal, Hockinson and Aberdeen will play sudden death football starting at 7 p.m. today, at Kelso High School.
The three teams will face each other in a round robin format. One team starts with the football on the 25-yard line, while the other plays defense. The objective is to score a touchdown or kick a field goal in four downs. The rounds continue until one team prevents the other from tying the score, or takes the lead after making a stop.
The Panthers fell into this predicament after Hockinson defeated them 27-14 Friday, at Fishback Stadium. Abderdeen beat Ridgefield on the same night to force a three-way tie for third place in the 2A Greater St. Helens League. Only one of these teams will earn a trip to Tumwater Saturday.
Bobby Jacobs and Chase Duey connected on two touchdown passes to give Washougal a 14-7 lead Friday, but the Hawks tied the game before halftime, took the lead on a touchdown in the third quarter, and then intercepted a pass in the end zone that would have tied the game for the Panthers. Hockinson added a touchdown in the final minute of the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach for Washougal.
“We played plenty hard enough to win. We just made a couple of mental mistakes,” Duey said. “That playoff spot is ours. It should have been ours tonight. We just have to get ready for Tuesday. Tonight is over.”