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R.A. Long Oh So Close To State In 12-10 Loss To #4 W.F. West | Greater St. Helens League Football

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.

Experts Picks

Bryan – W.F. West √
Mike – W.F. West √
Cody – W.F. West √

Read more – The Daily News

W.F. West Bearcat

R.A. Long Lumberjacks

second quarter

WFW – Ian Ward 31 FG
RAL – Alex Orozco 20 FG
WFW – Forgione 28 pass from Gueller (kick no good)

third quarter

RAL – Jacob Yordy 58 from Austin Wegdahl (kick good)

forth quarter

WFW – Ian Ward 20 FG

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12 Responses to “R.A. Long Oh So Close To State In 12-10 Loss To #4 W.F. West”

  1. Storm from EWU on November 7th, 2010 12:27 pm


  2. Jack Supporter on November 7th, 2010 4:32 pm

    Bummer, well said. I was at this game and it really was a heartbreaker. RAL played with a WF West team that they were not supposed to be able to hang with at all. This group of seniors played their hearts out and guys like Jerry Graham, Austin Wegdahl, Tanner Chamberlain and Julio Barrera will be missed. When you look at RAL’s program, they have a lot to be proud of. My son played varsity ball there from 2006-2009, and they went from 0-9, 1-8, 5-5 (playoffs), 8-3 (state) and 7-3 (playoffs) this year!!! This program should get stronger and stronger as the next few years go by. Look out next year for guys like Jacob Yordy, Ryan Peerboom (QB-he should be good), Josh Arquette, Evan Earnest, Eric Rosellni, Jimi Rountree. Great season Jacks!! Also, good luck Monarchs in the state playoffs. They are a very good team and I hope they do Longview proud and move on in the playoffs. I don’t think WF West has a chance against Archbishop Murphy next weekend.

  3. Lumberjack1645 on November 7th, 2010 8:01 pm

    good game. jacks got up for this one. didn’t like how the coaching staff insisted on trying to run the ball up the middle when it was not effective 90% of the time. and i wasn’t impressed with wf west at all. if west plays like that against murphy then it will be a long day, as ABM will make them pay! (and a lil payback fro murphy against west, since west kept them out of the championship game for baseball last year) this game did leave a bad taste in my mouth especially since west knocked off the jacks in the championship game last spring for baseball….hate to see seasons ended by the same team. good luck to MM, i’ll be there to watch that game, gotta support longview schools. but as always, i’m proud to be a jack. can’t wait till next fall for next years friday night lights

  4. Papi grande on November 7th, 2010 9:45 pm

    Are u sure it was exactly 90%of the time? Thought it was closer to 88%? I’m sure you watched a lot of film on WFWest and saw how fast they were defending the outside run? Hobbled QB shrinks the playbook a little too. Can’t really complain when Jacks took lead into the final minute can you? Well obviously YOU can but seems pretty easy to second guess after the fact. Never wrong from the stands!

  5. Jack Supporter on November 8th, 2010 10:08 am

    I don’t think criticizing the play calling is the right way to go. RAL played their butts off, got a few bad breaks and lost a tough game to a very good team. They will stay the course and the underclassmen will use this as a learning experience and motivation for next year. Expect next year’s Civil War to be for the league title for the 3rd year in a row.

  6. Cathy on November 14th, 2010 12:36 pm

    I have to disagree with Lumberjack1645 (90%) and Papi grande (88%), it was more like 95% of the time. This was a high school game NOT a middle school game. When a play doesn’t work, you don’t keep running it. I don’t know that much about football, but even I know you are suppose to learn from your mistakes! I was in the stands and I have never heard so many angry parents. R.A. Long didn’t lose this game, the coaches did!!!

  7. Jack Supporter on November 17th, 2010 2:09 pm

    We need to get a strong incoming freshman class next year and get Monticello kids interested in football at RAL. We should be good next year on offense with Peerboom at QB and good speed with Yordy and Rountree at RB. Eric Rosellini is a tough receiver, and we should have a good O Line. Not sure what our defense will look like. This group needs to work hard in the offseason to make an impact next year and compete with MM. We need to utilize our speed next year more than we did this year.

  8. Papi grande on November 17th, 2010 9:54 pm

    Let us not forget that the best drive the jacks had was by running the ball right at WFWest. If you are trying to wear down the defense, sometimes you gotta keep banging the ball. Keep the clock running, let your defense keep you in the game, almost worked. Maybe when you all work year round and put in the time like the Jack coaches do, you can call the plays. So if the coaches lost this game, does that mean that they won the 7 games this year? I didn’t think so.

  9. Jack Supporter on November 18th, 2010 8:48 am

    I agree with you, Papi grande. It’s easy to be an armchair quarterback and say what the coaches should and shouldn’t have done. The bottom line is, that loss to WF West, a team we weren’t supposed to be able to compete with, will serve as a motivator for our returning players next year. Guys like Jacob Yordy, Jimi Rountree, Ryan Peerboom, Eric Rosellini, Evan Earnest, Josh Arquette need to hit the wieght room hard and start working toward next Fall. They will have a good team again and will compete for the league title. My concern is about 2 or 3 years from now if we keep getting a freshman turnout of 10 players, when we should be getting twice that. I’m not concerned about Monticello’s 8th grade team only having 15 players if all 15 of them play next year for RAL, plus throw in a few from Mt Solo. The RAL coaching staff needs to be talking to these kids now.

  10. Papi grande on November 18th, 2010 12:40 pm

    They actually had 17 freshman, which is pretty good. I have a hard time believing the coaches aren’t talking with the 8th graders. I know for a fact that the coaches meet with all incoming freshman in the spring and believe they make a visit or two to practice in the fall. I was told at last springs meeting with 8th graders they had 25ish kids show up for the meeting. There is always some kids that decide not to play from 8th grade to 9th grade. So 14 Monticello kids played because I think three of the freshmen are from Mt. Solo. Of course compare that to the 20+ from Mt. Solo that play ay MM and the problem becomes clear.

  11. big arms!!!! on December 16th, 2010 8:37 am

    Okay its been a few mounths sence this game happend and it still stings i think freshman will step up big next year with yordy gettin the ball and some big young bucks on the line like mitch moe and skylen obrien also lucas getman had great a great year on jv and getting a little varcity time these kids hit the weightroom hard and exspect them to be huge fore next season TOWER POWER !!!

  12. MM fan on December 16th, 2010 3:28 pm

    I agree. I think RAL is going to be dangerous next year. I hope MM takes heed.

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