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Elma v. Rainier, Monte v. Woodland — upcoming games in focus

This week Montesano will host Woodland at Aberdeen’s Stewart Field on Thursday, Sept. 26, and Elma will travel to Rainier on Friday, Sept. 27, to play the Mountaineers.

For both Montesano (2-1) and the 1A Trico League Beavers of Woodland (3-0), it will be a short practice week as the game is being held Thursday night as the Bulldogs keep working their schedule around other events.

“It’s not the first time games have moved to a Thursday night with in-service days and other things moving the schedule. It’s the same for both of us. We just have to get ready to play,” said Montesano head coach Terry Jensen.

For the Bulldogs it will mean facing an opponent that has yet to lose and is averaging 54 points a game to the Bulldogs’ 24. Woodland has been playing against other Trico league teams, whereas Montesano has gone up to play 2A Aberdeen and across to the Nisqually League, taking a loss to Cascade Christian.

Both teams are coming off wins with the Bulldogs passing Hoquiam, 35-0, while the Beavers delivered a season-high score of 74 points in their win over Seton Catholic.

The sky looks to be clear for the game come Thursday night and the Bulldogs will have the “home-away-from-home” advantage playing at Stewart Field.

For the Eagles (1-2), they will travel to seek their second win, going to the home of the Rainier Mountaineers (1-2). These teams are currently on alternate ends of the momentum spectrum.

Elma, taking two early losses, has just come off a narrow win over Tenino, 36-35. The Mountaineers won their season opener, but were doubled over by Rochester last week, losing 49-21.