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Bearcats Square Off With Woodland, Steilacoom

W.F. West’s Ka’lmi Henry runs into the endzone for a touchdown during a football jamboree scrimmage against Steilacoom at Bearcat Stadium in Chehalis on Friday.

DRESS REHEARSAL: W.F. West Faces Top-Tier Quarterbacks in Preseason Jamboree
By Aaron VanTuyl
avantuyl@chronline.com
The time on the field may not have been enough to form any definite opinions, but the Bearcats were happy to break in their new crimson uniforms and line up against real-life opponents on Friday night at their preseason football jamboree.
Steilacoom, Woodland and Castle Rock were the visiting sparring partners, with each team playing two other squads for a pair of 10-play series.
“It’s a step, and we’ll learn a lot from the film,” W.F. West coach Bob Wollan said. “It’s just fun to be out here.”
The draw for the Bearcats was facing a pair of notable quarterbacks in Steilacoom’s J.J. Lemming and Woodland’s Wyatt Harsh.
“Both kids we faced are big strong-armed kids that had a lot of success last year,” Wollan said, “So for that part, defensively, for us to see a couple guys that like to sling it around like they do, I think that was a real positive.”
W.F. West matched up with Woodland first, and Harsh — a four-year starter and All-Greater St. Helens 2A League first-team QB last year — completed three passes for 53 yards, with a 27-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Flanagan.
Naturally, it was a good chance for the defense to see one of the state’s better passers.
“You can’t simulate it (in practice), and he’s an elite guy,” Wollan said. “He doesn’t have the same complement of receivers he had (last year), but he threw for 2,700 yards and 28 touchdowns last year, too.”
Josiah Johnson and Tyler Hampson both split time at quarterback in the 10-play series with Woodland. Hampson, who also took the snaps in the teams’ JV series, tossed a 6-yard touchdown pass to Wyatt Deskins to highlight the scrimmage, and hit Gabe O’Neil for a 15-yard pickup.
Against Steilacoom, however, projected starter Nole Wollan was under center, keeping the first snap and packing it to the right, then back to the left for what turned out to be a 38-yard gain. Ka’imi Henry scampered into the end zone on the next play. He also went 5 of 7 passing for 29 yards, with a touchdown pass to Dakota Hawkins that wrapped up the Bearcats’ offensive series.
W.F. West opens the season on Friday, playing host to 1A Hoquiam in a nonleague game.

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