To say the Washougal High School football players and coaches were shell shocked would be an understatement.
Three weeks after sophomore Brevan Bea broke his leg during a game at Ridgefield, the Panthers looked on helplessly after sophomore Jakob Davis dislocated his shoulder four minutes into Friday’s game at Woodland.
Play was suspended for 47 minutes waiting for an ambulance to pick Davis up and take him to a hospital. Kade Coons gave Davis a hug while he was on a stretcher, then went back on the field and broke free for a 20-yard run to set up a first-and-goal for Washougal. Quarterback Ryan Stevens dashed into the end zone behind his bulldozing offensive linemen. He also kicked in the extra point to give the Panthers a 7-6 lead.
The lead didn’t last long for Washougal, and the Panthers never got back into the end zone. Woodland, on the other hand, put together a methodical passing and running game to defeat the Panthers 20-7.
Washougal showed signs of life in the fourth quarter, following an interception by Grant Lewis. Coons ran for four first downs and Nathan Tofell caught a first down pass. A touchdown would get the Panthers back within seven points, but they fumbled the ball and it rolled out of the end zone. The officials ruled it a touchback, and Woodland got the ball without giving up any more points.
The Beavers ran the clock down to under two minutes. Washougal got one more chance, but it ended on an interception.
After-back-to-back losses, the Panthers are facing a must-win game against R.A. Long Friday, Oct. 20, at Longview Memorial Stadium. Otherwise, head coach Dave Hajek said they could be out of the playoff race.