Hockinson football players and coaches had been waiting for this night since they became state champions nine months ago.
And they put on a show for their hometown, thumping R.A. Long 59-7 in their first 2A Greater St. Helens League game of the season Friday.
Levi Crum delivered touchdown passes to Peyton Brammer, Sawyer Racanelli, Jeremiah Faulstick and Nick Frichtl. He also ran in a touchdown and a 2-point conversion. All in the first quarter.
Racanelli kicked off the second quarter by returning a punt for a touchdown. Nick Charles nailed a 21-yard field goal and Aidan Mallory caught a pass from Crum in the end zone. The Hawks built a 52-0 advantage before the Lumberjacks put a touchdown drive together just before halftime.
Woodland escapes Washougal with a victory
The Panthers recovered a fumble in the end zone on the final play of the game, but the Beavers escaped Fishback Stadium with a 29-26 victory.
Tyler Flanagan sealed the deal for Woodland by returning a kick off for a touchdown after Washougal had just gotten within two points.
Flanagan finished the game with 119 rushing yards, 211 passing yards and four touchdowns. Kenyon Guy caught a touchdown pass and intercepted a pass for the Beavers on defense.
Both Woodland and Hockinson are 3-0 to start the season as they inch closer to their showdown Sept. 28. Woodland hosts R.A. Long next week and Hockinson challenges Columbia River on the road.
Frustrating second half for Ridgefield
Columbia River and Ridgefield were knotted up 7-7 at halftime, before the Chieftains charged to a 27-7 victory.
Tanner Roberts scored a touchdown for the Spudders on their second drive of the game. Columbia River tied the score a few minutes before halftime.
The Chiefs reached the end zone three more times in the second half. A 50-yard punt return for a touchdown gave them a 21-7 advantage going into the fourth quarter.
Ridgefield turned the ball over on downs in scoring position twice during the fourth quarter.
The Spudders (2-1) look to bounce back against Mark Morris next week at Longview Memorial Stadium.
Around North County
Prairie hung tough with Black Hills and took a one-point lead in the fourth quarter, but the Wolves countered with one more touchdown to defeat the Falcons 33-28 at Battle Ground District Stadium.
Mountain View beat Battle Ground 54-7 at McKenzie Stadium.
Hoquiam handled La Center 40-14.