R.A. Long Oh So Close To State In 12-10 Loss To #4 W.F. West
Written by Bryan Levesque on November 7, 2010
If only high school football were a 46 minute 59 second long game.
The R.A. Long Lumberjacks hosted the #4 ranked W.F. West Bearchats Saturday afternoon at Longview Memorial Stadium for the right to advance into the WIAA 2A state playoffs.
If there were point spreads in high school football, this one might have been W.F. West -37.5.
You see, earlier this season the Bearcats defeated Mark Morris 42-18, while R.A. Long lost at Centralia 48-14.
When you do the math and figure that Mark Morris and R.A. Long are about on par (Monarchs fans won’t call 22-11 “par” but just go with me) and W.F. West and Centralia are as well, then you figure W.F. West would have little trouble with the host Jacks.
I guess Friday nights 20-18 Mark Morris win over Centralia should have clued us in that anything could happen this weekend, and it almost did.
R.A. Long led W.F. West 10-9 with 1:01 left in the game, which in a 46:59 game would be over, but in a 48 minute game, there is still plenty of time for a 20 yard Ian Ward field goal and thus a 12-10 Bearcat road win.
It was a tough loss for the Jacks who were looking to get “back to the brackets” for a second year in a row, but at 7-3 and back-to-back post season berths for a program that had struggled for years, this is a game the younger Jacks can build on.
Senior WR Tanner Chamberlain, who must have been on a boat, was quoted in The Daily News as saying “I will never forget this.”
With the loss R.A. Long falls to 7-3 on the season. The Jacks season is over.
Bryan – W.F. West √
Mike – W.F. West √
Cody – W.F. West √