Clark County is the place to be for state football

first_img Share: Clark County is the place to be for state football Tim Martinez: High School Sports And the 2018 Hockinson lineup is loaded with juniors, which leads one to believe that regardless of the outcome Saturday in the Tacoma Dome the Hawks would be considered a frontrunner for the state title again in 2019.But we’re getting ahead of ourselves a bit. First comes Saturday’s title game between the No. 1 seed in 2A and the No. 3 seed.And regardless of what happens Saturday, more history will be made.Tim Martinez is the assistant sports editor/prep editor for The Columbian. He can be reached at 360-735-4538, [email protected] or follow his Twitter handle @360TMart. Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Share: Union players celebrate after defeating Puyallup. (Steve Dipaola for the Columbian) Subscribe Today It’s only the third time since 2002 that a KingCo team has not reached the 4A state title game. The two previous times the KingCo missed the title game, a GSHL team got there (Camas in 2013 and 2016).It’s also the first time in six years that a team from the east side of the state didn’t reach the 4A final.Part of that is due to a state bracket that was set up to help set the stage for an east-vs.-west title game. But with the seeding committee in play this year, that was not the case.This marks the first 4A state title game for Union. The Titans reached the 3A state title game in 2008, falling to Bellevue 35-6. By Tim Martinez, Columbian Assistant Sports Editor Published: November 25, 2018, 7:15pm By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. (360) 735-4538 Some folks in the state may not have noticed, but Clark County has arrived on the state high school football scene.To tell the truth, Clark County has been there for a while.This season marks the third consecutive season in which Clark County has put a team in a state championship football game. And this year, Clark County is sending two teams, for the first time ever.When the state playoffs began, I saw some chatter on social media discussing which was the best 4A league in the state — the KingCo or South Puget Sound League.But this year, the title game will pit the Greater St. Helens League vs. the Wesco Conference as Union meets Lake Stevens for the 4A title — the No. 1 and No. 3 seeds in the 4A bracket. It also marks the first trip to the 4A title game for Lake Stevens, which has been knocking on the state door for the past several years. Lake Stevens is located in Snohomish County, northeast of Everett.Lake Stevens last reached the 3A title game in 1994, falling to O’Dea.Since 2011, six teams have now advanced to title games from Clark County. Before 2011, only three had made it dating back to 1973 — four if you want to count Woodland, just across the county line, which reached a title game in 1982.The 2A state title game between Lynden and Hockinson pits a perennial 2A power against a potential perennial power.It’s also a matchup of a team a stone’s throw from the Canadian border against a team close to Oregon border. You couldn’t get a more north-south matchup. Well, maybe Blaine vs. Washougal. GO Tim Martinez Columbian Assistant Sports Editor The Columbian is becoming a rare example of a news organization with local, family ownership. Subscribe today to support local journalism and help us to build a stronger community. @360TMart [email protected] In fact, Lynden and Hockinson have a previous playoff meeting that was a crossroads of sorts for both programs.In 2014, Hockinson was making its first appearance in the state playoffs. The Hawks advanced to the quarterfinals where they ran into Lynden.The Lions won 52-28 on their way to their seventh state title appearance in nine years. Lynden won five state titles over that span.But that 2014 state final appearance was the last for Lynden before 2018. On the other hand, Hockinson returned to the state quarterfinals in 2015 before winning its first state title in 2017.last_img