Poll Question: If You Could Only Attend One 4A GSHL Football Game This Fall, Which Would It Be?
Written by Bryan Levesque on March 26, 2012
Over the past four years, not too many Greater St. Helens League football teams can say they were the league champions. Of the 18 schools who played 2A, 3A or 4A GSHL football from 2008-2011, only 5 won outright league titles. At the 2A level, Hockinson won league in 2008 and 2011 while Mark Morris won back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010. The 3A saw a pair of back-to-back champions, as Union took the league in 2008 and 2009 followed by Camas winning its own back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011. Then there is the 4A where Skyview has won the last three years outright and when you throw in a co-championship from 2008 with Heritage, a team the Storm beat 55-15, you can see why the Skyview players walk around with t-shirts that say “4-peat”.
Before Union made the jump to 4A in 2010, the Titans not only dominated the 3A GSHL in 2008 and 2009 they dominated all of Clark County, posting a 17-0 record versus schools from Southwest Washington. Among those wins are 26-21 and 35-31 league wins over Camas as well as 24-3 and 14-9 non-league wins over 4A GSHL champions Skyview.
Despite dropping the two non-league tilts with the Titans in ’08 and ’09, Skyview won the ones that counted in 2010 and 2011. The first was a 37-34 classic in the fog at McKenzie Stadium followed by a 44-27 win last year on Gary Boggs Field at Kiggins Bowl.
Following heir heartbreaking home loss to Union in 2009, the Camas Papermakers have not lost a 3A GSHL football game since, going 12-0 over the past 2 seasons and compiled a 17-1 regular season record. While a Camas vs Union non-league game was not to be the last 2 years, the Papermakers did continue to play Skyview. The Storm and Papermakers have met for the past 3 years after each school dropped games versus 2A schools following the 2008 season. Skyview got the best of Camas on Gary Boggs Field at Kiggins Bowl in 2009 in a 28-26 thriller. Camas got revenge the next season at the new Doc Harris Stadium, winning 28-12. Then last year, back on Gary Boggs Field at Kiggins Bowl, Skyview once again took the win, this time 31-10, outscoring the Papermakers 21-0 in the second half, handing Camas their only regular season loss in the past 2 years.
Games between Camas, Skyview and Union from 2008-2011.
- Union 24 Skyview 3, on Gary Boggs Field at Kiggins Bowl
- Union 26 Camas 21, at McKenzie Stadium
- Union 14 Skyview 9, at McKenzie Stadium
- Skyview 28 Camas 26, on Gary Boggs Field at Kiggins Bowl
- Union 35 Camas 31, at Doc Harris Stadium
- Camas 28 Skyview 12, at Doc Harris Stadium
- Skyview 37 Union 34, at McKenzie Stadium
- Skyview 31 Camas 10, on Gary Boggs Field at Kiggins Bowl
- Skyview 44 Union 27, on Gary Boggs Field at Kiggins Bowl
Over the past four seasons, the 9 games involving Camas, Skyview and Union have been some of, if not the best GSHL games all season, and this year, each one will count in the final league standings. Each of the 3 games this year will go a long way towards determining the eventual 2012 4A GSHL Champions.
So we ask…