“We had just completed, what I consider the best full week of practice since I took over last year,” Willapa Valley HS Head Football Coach Greg Wonhoff told the Herald. “We made some personnel changes as well as began trying to figure out a way to jumpstart our sufficient, but slow starting offense. It was two steps forward and one step back. We were consistently inconsistent and that is so frustrating. Silly penalties (95 yards) and missed opportunities (a dropped td pass, 2 touchdowns called back, and untimely fumbles) seem to be the norm for the Vikes. The kids work too dang hard during the week to let those things happen to them.
“We knew that Ocosta was probably going to work on containing our hard running sophomore fullback Seth ‘Silo’ Flemetis, and try they did, but he was just a bit too much of a load.” Wonhoff said. Even though they crammed the front line by filling gaps, he still managed his third consecutive 100-plus yard night gaining 102 yards (26 carries) by nitpicking his way through any hole our O-line could offer him.
“Not to be outshined, another of our sophomores, Trevor ‘Captain’ Cook sailed for his second game navigating his way for 115 yards (on 19 carries),” Wonhoff said.
“One of our senior captains, Matt ‘Front End’ Konigsberger, realigned himself under center, after playing his first two games at tight end,” Wonhoff said. “We need his leadership in the huddle, and he delivered. He is given free reign to make adjustments at the line, and he took full advantage of the opportunities. His adjustments earned him 93 yards (on 13 carries) of prime Wildcat real estate. He also reeled in two errant Wildcat passes (for interceptions).
“I was hoping to get our passing game jumpstarted this week, but again, things didn't go in favor of the Vikes, or the Wildcats, for that matter,” Wonhoff said. “The rains came, and that made it a bit more difficult for both teams to move the ball through the air.
“Our shining moments came from our entire defensive unit, which took full advantage of a well prepared and rehearsed game plan,” Wonhoff said. “They held the Wildcats to minus-11 yards rushing. I can't say enough about last night's defensive effort. D-ends Drew ‘Werd’ Pearson and Randy ‘Curls’ Heckard pretty much kept Wildcat runners contained, while tackles Steven ‘Peg’ Camenzind and Lucky ‘Striker’ Wood offered relentless pressure up the middle.
“With the front four taking care of their jobs, the linebacker corps, composed of Dylan ‘Marshal’ Barrett, Trevor ‘Ritzy’ Ritzman, Jason ‘J-Flu’ Fluke, and ‘Silo’, were able to sustain pressure on any and all runners as well as receivers,” Wonhoff said. “And speaking of receivers, credit needs to be given to Captain, Front End, and Hunter ‘Stash’ Gray for a fine job of pass coverage.”
Barrett paced the defense with 7 solo tackles and Camenzind took down 7 total tackles. Heckard recovered a fumble.
The Vikings host Naselle (1-2) Friday at 7. The Comets were 28-0 winners over North Beach last week.