The Aberdeen Bobcats are set to take on the Hoquiam Grizzlies on Friday September 7th at 7:00PM. This historic rivalry dates back to 1906 and is the oldest rivalry in the state of Washington. Aberdeen currently leads the all-time series record 67-34-5. The two schools have split the last four games in the series with Hoquiam winning last year’s battle 45-16. Upwards of 10,000 fans are expected to pack the stands of Stewart Field to witness this classic Washington football rivalry.
Hoquiam comes into the 2012 season with high expectations. The sophomores that began taking over the starting roles in 2010 are now seniors and have plenty of experience to succeed this year. They face a tough schedule that features bigger schools and league champions. The Grizzlies survived their first test last Friday night against 2A Centralia. The Grizzlies completed their rout of Centralia, 49-13 behind a high flying aerial assault led by quarterback Evan Erickson. Erickson finished the game with 211 yards passing and 4 touchdowns. The defense is highlighted by a group of returning starters. Nolan Hoiness, Ronnie Espedal, D.J. Cox, and Alex Munoz will anchor an intimidating linebacker unit. After their rivalry game with Aberdeen, the Grizzlies will face the seven-time reigning league champion Montesano in the Evergreen 1A opener.
The Aberdeen Bobcats start the 2012 season in a new league. The Bobcats moved from the Evergreen 2A Conference to the Greater St. Helens 2A league (GSHL) in football only for the 2012-2014 classification cycle. They will also have a new coach at the helm as Terry Dion takes over a Bobcat team that was 1-8 in 2011. Aberdeen will rely heavily on a power running game that features 230-pound fullback Bryceson Talley. The Bobcats are looking to bounce back after a disappointing opening loss to Montesano, a game in which they were shutout 38-0.