News staff writer
Fast legs, solid tackling and the passion of champions helped the Eagles’ varsity football team pick up their first win of the season Friday night at David Douglas High School. In front of a packed David Douglas crowd, Hood River took advantage of their strong running game, outrushing the Scots 320 yards to 173 for a final score of 27-21, HRV.
“Our effort and passion was much better,” Coach Tracy Jackson said after the game. “We played to win this time. We have set goals of improving every week and although we still have a lot of work to do, we are improving.”
The first quarter of the game was scoreless, with both teams trading possessions from fourth down turnovers.
The field lights kicked on, the sun set over Portland and, with rain threatening overhead, a crew of cheerleaders and loyal Eagle fans huddled together on the visitors’ side of the field.
Chase Munos struck first for HRV in the second quarter, scoring off a break down the left side. Tim Chance kicked the extra point. On the next play, the Eagles’ kickoff strategy worked perfectly. Kicking a hard, low shot, Hood River rushed the return team and Obed Bello recovered a loose ball that bounced off a David Douglas player’s helmet. Ian Bohince scored next for a 13-0 HRV lead.
The Scots had decent running and passing games, averaging 4.3 yards per carry and 14 yards per reception. They scored first off a running play to cut the Eagles’ lead down to six points.
The Eagles’ defense did an excellent job of stopping David Douglas’ pushes. After halftime, the Scots worked the ball to the three yard line. Hood River made a huge stop, denying David Douglas a touchdown and the possible lead.
In their only pass of the game, quarterback Tony Guisto found Josh Castaneda Jr. open in the end zone for the Eagles’ final touchdown.
The game ended with suspense, as David Douglas, behind by six points, had a last-chance run in the final minutes of the fourth quarter.
They made a break for the endzone and ran the ball out of bounds with one second left on the clock.
On about the 40-yard line, the Scots went for the Hail-Mary. The throw was clean and accurate and the reciever met the ball in the end zone.
Two Eagles got hands on the ball and knocked it down.
Hood River rushing:
50 carries, 320 yards, 6.4 avg.
Ian Bohince (Jr.)
23 carries, 122 yards, 5.3 avg.,
Matt McDougal (Sr.)
9 carries, 95 yards, 10.7 avg.
Chase Munoz (Jr.)
9 carries, 59 yards, 6.6 avg.,
Tim Chance (Sr.)
5 carries, 37 yards, 7.5 avg.
Hood River receiving:
Josh Castaneda (Jr).
1 reception, 15 yards, 1 touch-
Tony Guisto (Sr.)
1 pass, 15 yards