LCFF: The Midseason Prep Football Hot List

By Aaron VanTuyl / For The Chronicle

It’s a nine-week regular season, and we’ve got four weeks checked off. And since power rankings are totally played out now, we need to use a whole new metric to evaluate what’s important in the local prep football scene.

The Hot List

Shifty quarterbacks. Napavine quarterback Laythan Demarest’s been doing it all season. Onalaska quarterback Lucas Kreger does it as well as anyone. Coincidentally, they’re both under center for 4-0 teams ranked in the top three, statewide. (The Loggers are No. 1 and the Tigers are No. 2 on Matt Evans’ computer ranking board, at evansrankings.com.) Neither quarterback is going to be called upon to throw 30 passes a game, but when it comes to sneaking out of the pocket unscathed these guys are as tough to grab as a pig in the river.

Mossyrock. The Vikings forfeited the first two games of the year due to a lack of players, but they’ve won two since — a huge win over North Beach, and a tight win at Ilwaco. The Fishermen came into the game with a 2-1 record, but the late-to-the-party Vikings pulled out a win. The Mountain Division may have two potential state champions and could get three teams into the final eight, and the Coastal Division isn’t particularly exciting, but the River Division is far and away the most interesting in the SWW 2B League.

Centralia. The Tigers are 3-1! Is there a chance they make the crossovers this year? District 4 gets four spots. Tumwater and W.F. West look like givens right now. Black Hills is usually tough, even if they’re 1-3 at this point. The Tigers are going to be fighting Rochester and Aberdeen for that last crossover berth. Centralia played Evergreen a lot closer than Rochester did, and Aberdeen’s fresh off a cancellation forfeit to Kelso due to safety concerns. Granted, the No. 4 EvCo team would likely line up with two-time defending state champ Hockinson in the crossovers, but the Tigers are — after a few bare-bones seasons — trending upwards.

Fantasy Football Roundup

I don’t know what happened to Tenino, but the Beavers went buck wild on Life Christian/Northwest Christian — especially from a fantasy standpoint. Paxton Russell and Aiden Wright both went for over 50 points, a stat so ludacris it makes me momentarily question the Beaver stat keepers. Here’s the rest of the week’s highlights.

Quarterbacks

Aiden Wright, Tenino (53 points): Wright passed for 228 yards and four scores, with 163 rushing yards and two more touchdowns.

Bryce Cline, Winlock (43 points). The Cardinals’ senior quarterback ran for 155 yards and three touchdowns, and passed for a touchdown with 160 yards, in a win over MWP.

Lucas Kreger, Onalaska (28 points). Kreger ran for 121 yards and two touchdowns, and tossed a touchdown pass, against PWV.

Laythan Demarest, Napavine (26 points). Demarest ran for 98 yards and a pair of touchdowns, with 26 yards and a touchdown through the air.

Mikey Green, Rainier (18 points). Green hit 6-of-8 passes for 152 yards with three touchdowns against the Ducks.

Cameron Erickson, Centralia (17 points): The Tiger quarterback passed for 140 yards and three touchdowns against Team Canada.

Josiah Johnson, W.F. West (9 points). Johnson passed for 185 yards and a touchdown against Washougal.

Running Backs

Ashton Haight, Onalaska (33 points). Haight ran for 270 yards and a touchdown in Pe Ell.

Chase Sobolesky-Reynolds, Centralia (29 points): Sobolesky-Reynolds returned an interception for a score, scored on the ground, and snagged a 48-yard touchdown pass, with six PATs, in the Tigers’ Saturday win over the Canadians.

Nolan Swofford, Winlock (21 points). Swofford ran for 91 yards with two touchdowns against the Timberwolves.

Brody Klein, Rainier (28 points). Klein ran for 101 yards and three touchdowns as the Mountaineers beat Toutle Lake.

Gavin Watson, Tenino (23 points). Watson racked up 177 rushing yards and a score.

Cole Fay, Adna (21 points). Fay ran for 97 yards and two touchdowns as the Pirates beat Toledo.

Cade Lawrence, Onalaska (19 points). Lawrence had 52 rushing yards and a score, and a 20-yard touchdown catch, in the Loggers’ win.

Jacob Uch, Rainier (18 points). Uch, a freshman, had 64 total yards and two touchdowns.

Jaiyden Camoza, W.F. West (18 points). Camoza ran for 103 yards with two touchdowns against the Panthers.

Zach Berg, Adna (17 points). Berg ran for 115 yards with a touchdown.

Shawn Nicholson, Tenino (16 points). Nicholson ran for 101 yards and a touchdown.

Colton McClure, Mossyrock (16 points). McClure was just over the 50-yard mark rushing and receiving, with a touchdown, as the Vikings beat Ilwaco.

Gavin Parker, Napavine (16 points). Parker ran for 105 yards and scored twice against the Mules.

Braidyn Hoyt, Centralia (15 points). Hoyt ran for 97 yards with a touchdown against the Canadians.

Tanner Low, Napavine (12 points). Low ran for 69 yards and a touchdown in Cathlamet.

Wide Receivers

Paxton Russell, Tenino (54 points): Russell had a huge game with 231 receiving yards, 16 rushing yards, and five total touchdowns in a blowout win over Life Christian/Northwest Christian.

Noah Patching, Winlock (18 points). Patching kicked five PATs, with 70 receiving yards and a touchdown.

Leandre Gaines, W.F. West (11 points). Gaines had a big touchdown and over 50 receiving yards for the Bearcats.

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