On the Sidelines

Dream season for Washougal

Dreams came true for the Washougal High School football players Friday night.

After defeating R.A. Long 27-19 in front of their hometown fans at Fishback Stadium, the Panthers finished with a 4-2 league record and ended a nine-year drought from the playoffs.

Quarterback Ryan Stevens had a hand and foot in all 27 points for Washougal. He kicked a 30-yard field goal after the Panthers recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff. Long runs by Kade Coons set Stevens up for two carries across the goal line for touchdowns.

Washougal led 17-9 at halftime. Stevens nailed a 27-yard field goal on the first drive of the third quarter. R.A. Long kicked another field goal to stay within eight points. Tyler Bowlin caught a short pass from Stevens and turned it into a 35-yard touchdown. Bowlin then intercepted a pass on the next defensive series for the Panthers.

R.A. Long scored a touchdown and recovered an on-side kick for one more opportunity to tie the score in the final minute of the game. Washougal sealed the deal on defense by forcing four straight incomplete passes.

Washougal has to wait and see how the final league games play out, but will likely earn the No. 3 seed into the playoffs.

See you on the sidelines.