Game Recap – Hockinson 14 Washougal 7 OT

Written by Bryan Levesque on October 29, 2011

After three quarters of scoreless football things finally got exciting at Nautilus Field in the forth. Washougal RB Sam O’Hara scored on a 9 yard run to break the scoreless tie. Hockinson had an answer though as Hawks RB Josiah Niemela ran in a 15 yard touchdown to tie the game back up. They went to overtime tied at 7 when Hockinson struck first on their drive as QB Jess Krahn hit WR Beau Sparks from 20 yards out to take the 14-7 lead. Hockinson wrapped up the victory when Sparks picked off Washougal QB Culton Sullivan on the Panthers drive. Niemela ran for 94 yards on 17 carries in the win. Washougal ran for 158 yards in the loss, led by O’Hara’s 56 yards on 19 carries.

Hockinson improves their record to 7-2 on the season and 4-0 in league play with the win. Hockinson wins the 2A GSHL Title ought right with the win. The Hawks will host W.F. West (7-2) Friday at District Stadium, 7:00 p.m. in the preliminary round of the WIAA State Playoffs. Washougal falls to 6-3 on the season and 1-3 in league play with the loss. The Panthers season is over.

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Washougal Panthers


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forth quarter
W — Sam O’Hara 9 run (O’Hara kick)
H — Niemela 15 run (Klodt kick)
H — Sparks 20 pass from Krahn (Klodt kick)

Individual statistics

Rushing — Washougal — O’Hara 19-56, Sullivan 7-47, Howard 9-30, Camden 8-22, Tofell 4-3. Hockinson — Niemela 17-94, McElveny 5-53, Barclay 4-13, Kirschenbaum 2-10, Dunn 1-3, Krahn 2-0.

Passing — Washougal — Sullivan 7-16-3-55. Hockinson — Krahn 4-15-2-72.

Receiving — Washougal — Short 2-23, Tofell 4-21, Howard 1-11. Hockinson — Barclay 3-52, Sparks 1-19.

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18 Responses to “Game Recap – Hockinson 14 Washougal 7 OT”

  1. whs football on October 29th, 2011 7:57 am

    Is it ok for a ref to throw a flag on a fan who is in the stands? Yesterday Washougal was flagged late in the game on a very important drive because a fan said something bad. Is that fair?

  2. wawadad on October 29th, 2011 11:22 am

    In a meaningless game as far as standings it was obvious the officials were treating it as such. A facemask penalty on the QB that was obvious to everyone in the “stadium” except the officials looking right at it would have kept a late 4th quarter drive alive and maybe kept the ball out of the Hawks hands for their game tying drive. This was followed by a questionable holding call on a punt and the non-call as 2 or 3 hawks ran over the punter. In this sequence there was a PF called on the fans as the crybaby side judge who saw nothing all night took offense to being called out. I think his exact words in a cracked voice ready to blubber was “tell your fans to stop calling me names”. Are you kidding me? Anyway typical officiating we have seen for 4 years of watching GSHL 2A ball. Hard work by both teams shouldn’t be marred by inept and thin skinned officials. Can’t wait to see the panthers next year. Good luck to the Hawks in the playoffs, hope you represent the GSHL well.

  3. 2A on October 29th, 2011 12:00 pm

    The flag on the fans was also on the Coaches of washougal who had been warned previously about bad mouthing the referees

  4. Jake on October 29th, 2011 2:35 pm

    You have to keep in mind, all of the other non-calls BEFORE the fourth quarter– for both teams. There were several holding calls on the Panthers that were not made, but clearly obvious. There were also several false starts on the Hawks that were never called in the first half.

    The officiating in the 2A games that I’ve seen this year has been horrendous. These guys are a bunch of doofs who can’t seem to get a real job so they defer to a disintegrating profession. Refs aren’t paid very well anymore… So, you get the idiots who seemed to have left their hankees and their whistles in the locker room before the game even starts.

  5. wawadad on October 29th, 2011 4:47 pm

    2A, I am sorry but the flag was on the fans for someone calling him an idiot for not calling the facemask, it had nothing to do with the coaches. His words to the coach was to tell his fans to stop calling him names as he seemed on the verge of crying. Officials need to let the crowd roll off their backs especially when there was no profanity. I was treated much worse by parents and coaches when I umpired junior baseball while in high school but was told it was just part of the job and didn’t let it bother me. I think I have more empathy for officials because of those years umpiring, but the officials incompetence and the way they influence the games in this league is off the charts ridiculous.

  6. Panther Parent on October 29th, 2011 4:53 pm

    With regards to the refs last night they called a very fair game…until Washougal went up and they felt the need to inject themselves in the game. It would be very interesting to look at the penalty yardage through three qtrs…very equal…forth qtr the Panters we flagged non stop. Are you telling me that we simply waited till the 4th qtr and the lead to start breaking the rules?

    For gosh sakes be consistent! I have never in my life, in 40 pluse years of playing and watching football witnessed a side judge call a PF on the crowed and then argue with them after throwing the flag. Shut up, do your job, and grow a pair!

    In no way do I want to take away from the Hawks victory. Good luck boys and represent the GSHL well. Same to Woodland

  7. GSHL Refs Conspiracy on October 30th, 2011 12:16 pm

    I cannot believe how badly washougal (and I am sure other teams too) has been treated this year by the refs. What is going on? I am never the type of person to complain about refs, even when they make a bad call because for the most part it always seemed like refs tried there hardest to be fair. This year is the first year that I have completely lost all faith in GSHL refs. It is sad that GSHL would connect them selves with such sad and unprofessional people. I have higher expectations in the GSHL then what they are showing at the 2A level. Is the 2A level not important enough for the GSHL to do some research?
    What is going on here? These seniors will never get a chance to play high school football again, and it is sad that the woodland game and hockinson game outcomes are blurred with confusion as to who the real winner is.
    Hockinson is a great team, and I do not want to take anything away from them- they had great defense and played with a huge heart. Can we please get more people involved to look into this issues. Parents do not just stand around and let this happen. Will people who have seen any issues this year regarding the refs, please comment?!?!

  8. GSHL Refs Conspiracy on October 30th, 2011 12:22 pm

    Also, during the ra long game there was a situation where they called Austin out of bounds when he was running for a touch down. This was when there was a fight on the sideline. (You all remember this). After watching film with my son, I have complete evidence that he was never even with in 2 yards of the sideline. I understand when a foot is close to the sideline a ref will sometimes think he went out. But his foot was so far away from the sidelines that it really makes me wonder. You either do dislike washougal, or you are so stupid and blind that you have no right to be at a varsity high school game. Not even CCYF or Pop Warner deserves that kind of person.

  9. #1 panther fan on October 30th, 2011 3:07 pm

    I have a friend who has a son on the same CCYF Hockinson team as a ref that did the Washougal vs Woodland game. I’m sure this same ref was doing the Hockinson vs Washougal game. He told her he can’t stand Washougal players that they are bad mouthed poor sports etc…. when I heard this I was really upset since my son is on the team and I know a lot of boys on the team and really find that hard to believe. Well he just kept going on and on to her how happy he was that Washougal lost and how bad our boys are I really think it is unprofesional to go out and bad mouth teams/players and show bias if he feels that way he should keep it to himself not tell others…..just shows that there was some bias against Washougal this year. But again not to take away from Hawks or the Beavers both close games and could have gone either way!! Good luck kids have a great time in the playoffs.

  10. #2 panther fan on October 30th, 2011 7:14 pm

    Washougal was very close to having a special season but to bang on officiating is nonsense. I watched both overtime losses and in both games it was the little things. I think we were up 2 touchdowns against Woodland, and a pick 6 was called back from two valid block in the backs. We didnt score in the 2nd half or OT. We also gave Woodland a defensive TD which was a killer. In both games I honestly lost count of the off/def encroachments by Washougal. Against Hockinson, there must have been 7 or 8. In the Hock game once Washougal got the lead Hockinson had a great drive and too their credit sent the game to OT. Their receiver made a great catch in OT, which was the difference.The roughing the kicker after Hock OT touchdown made Washougal start from 40, again killer. It is easy to look at one 15 yard penalty on a fan and state it cost you the game: It is another thing to look in the mirror and admit that cutting out the simple mistakes throughout the course of the entire game cost Washougal the 2a title this year.

  11. Panther Supporter on October 30th, 2011 8:17 pm

    Here come the excuses. Regardless of what the refs did or did not do, take an honest look at this Panther season. They played a very easy schedule that DID NOT prepare them for the most important games of the season – league games. They beat teams that graduated a lot of key players – RA Long and Mark Morris – yet lost to teams with a lot of the same players from the year before – Woodland and Hockinson. After watching the last few games, offensive playcalling got so predicatable, moms were calling plays from the stands! Coaches on the sideline going after referees verbally and even rushing up to them in physically threatening ways? Human nature will simply result in WHS not getting the calls! Think about it! Whatever – this will fall on deaf ears. WHS could have been an undefeated team and potentially make a deep run into the playoffs.

  12. 2A on October 30th, 2011 9:20 pm

    Great teams overcome bad refs, plain and simple

  13. 2A on October 31st, 2011 8:18 am

    I agree with Panther Supporter about the schedule. If Washougal played a bit better teams they would have been more prepared in the league schedule. Once they got down they couldnt get back up because they hadn’t needed to play a full game. If they replaced 2 of the 0-9 or 1-8 teams with a 7-2, 5-4, team then they could have been a bit more prepared for the final push of the season. Great job this year to all the teams in the 2A. They really made the games worth watching! Very competitive league!

  14. duckguy on October 31st, 2011 9:10 am

    Panther Supporter you made one small oversight, Washougal lost to one of those teams that graduated almost everybody, Mark Morris. I think you all had way to high of expectations of the Panthers. Their non-league schedule was a complete joke, for the second year in a row. When the first time you face any competition is in your first league game your kids just aren’t going to be ready.

    As for the refs, I think you all need to take a look at how your coach handles himself with the officials to see why it seems they aren’t in Washougal’s corner. Heck, check around and see how he gets along with the other coaches in the league. Just a hint as to what might be going on.

  15. whs football on October 31st, 2011 11:25 am

    I agree with what everyone is saying about having an easy schedule, and the teams that beat washougal deserve the win. You are correct about sparks catching a great pass in the endzone. The refs still threw a flag on a fan. Once again good job to the hawks for winning League! They are a good team. No excuses. Washougal should have been good enough to beat the hawks and officials.

  16. Dan Slothdancer on November 1st, 2011 8:32 pm

    It’s weird how violating football rules gets yellow flags thrown.

  17. 2A on November 3rd, 2011 2:53 pm

    Score board!!

  18. Panther Parent on November 3rd, 2011 3:22 pm

    Hay Dan

    It’s weird how refs with an agenda feel the need to inject themselfs in a game in the fourth qtr.

    It took place twice this season and was very obvious once you watch the films of both games. Hope said films are sent to the league office.

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