September 28, 2005
With Ian Bohince, Erick Lujano, Scott Baker, Josh Castanada, Tony Guisto and Obed Bello sitting out part or all of the game due to injuries, the Eagles had their work cut out for them Friday night on the road against Summit High School.
After storming out to a 13-0 lead in the first quarter, Hood River slipped in the second and third quarters to let Summit take a 20-13 lead. A comeback attempt in the fourth quarter was cut short by the clock and as time expired the Summit defense held on to a two point lead. The final was 23-21, Summit.
“The game was a tough one for us,” Coach Tracy Jackson said. “We were in position to win a couple times and we really did not finish the ball game the way we would have liked.”
Injuries and penalties played a big role in the game, unfortunately to the advantage of the Summit squad. Hood River’s junior running back and (before Friday) the leading rusher in the Intermountain Conference, Bohince, was out due to a strained hamstring. Lujano didn’t set foot on the field either, due to a sprained ankle. Baker was only used for a couple of plays due to a recovering shoulder injury. And Castanada only played a quarter due to a foot strain. Late in the game the Eagles suffered major blows to their line-up, with quarterback Guisto leaving the field due to a hip injury and Bello leaving the field due to a concussion.
Adding to the frustration of injuries, the Eagles had six penalties against them in the game.
“With the penalties we had, we didn’t play our best game,” said Jackson. “But the Eagles put together a great effort and it’s all fixable. We have good kids that want to get things fixed and we will continue to improve and push through to keep getting better.”
According to Jackson, the crew should be at almost full strength for the next game on Friday against top IMC contender Redmond High School. Bonince, Lujano, Baker and Castanada are expected to play, while it is unclear weather Guisto and Bello will be ready.
Taking the place of Guisto late in the fourth quarter and in a clutch situation was sophomore junior varsity quarterback Travis Carratt.
“Travis did a great job for us,” Jackson said. “He hung in there and played cool-headed.”
Hood River 6 for 41 yards
Summit 2 for 10 yards
36 carries for 274 yards, 7.6 average
Tim Chance 16 carries, 166 yards, 2 touchdowns
Obed Bello 8 carries, 65 yards, 1 touchdown
Chase Munos 9 carries, 44 yards
2 passes for 67 yards, 33.5 average
Obed Bello 1 reception, 34 yards
Jeremy Rowley 1 reception, 33 yards
HRV: 13, 0, 0, 8
Summit: 0, 10, 10, 3