By BEN MCCARTY
News staff writer
November 1, 2006
Nike has recently been running a commercial for its football apparel featuring NFL players starring for a fictional high school team. The Hood River Valley Eagles could have been forgiven for thinking they had stepped onto the set Friday night when they took on David Douglas.
Scots quarterback Greg Carradine performed his best Michael Vick impression to beat the Eagles with his arm and his legs in a 41-27 David Douglas victory.
Facing a must win situation, the Eagles got one of their best offensive performances of the season as they rolled up yards on the ground against David Douglas during a spirited second half comeback, but they had no answer for Carradine, and could not avoid being eliminated from playoff contention.
To qualify, the Eagles needed to wins and to have Gresham and Reynolds both lose one of their final two games.
Gresham beat Reynolds 21-14 on Friday night to move into fifth place in the conference.
Carradine began what would prove to be a long evening for the scoreboard operators when he left the Hood River defense in his wake on a 37-yard run with three minutes into the game for a 6-0 lead.
From there on out the game turned into a battle of completely different offensive styles. Hood River executed their double-wing offense to perfection, running the ball down the throat of the David Douglas defense. The approach did not net many big plays in the first half, but would pay dividends as the game dragged on. On the opposite side of the field Carradine executed the Scots’ spread option offense with ease, keeping the Hood River defense guessing all night with pinpoint throws and slashing runs.
Hood River chewed up yards on their first possession but the drive stalled on the David Douglas 17-yard line where the Eagles turned the ball over on down.
Carradine quickly marched the Scots down the field and capped off the drive with a 25-yard touchdown pass to Zach Flanders for 13-0 lead.
On their next possession Hood River called runs up the middle practically on every play, and the Scots could not stop it. Erick Lujano finished the long, grinding drive when he crashed through a David Douglas defender and into the end zone from 6 yards out to cut the gap to 13-7 with three minutes to play in the first half.
Three minutes was plenty of time for Carradine in the Scots offense, as they took advantage of one of several dubious pass interference calls to go against the Eagles, to keep their drive alive, and then completed a long pass to the Hood River 4-yard line. Carradine scored on the next play when the Hood River defense bit on a fake option pitch, allowing Carradine a four-yard jaunt into the end zone for a 20-7 David Douglas halftime lead.
In what would eventually be a two score loss, Hood River failed to score on two crucial possessions. The first being when the turned the ball over on downs inside the David Douglas 20 on their first possession, and the second came when they failed to convert a fourth and two on their own 24 -yard line, giving the Scots the ball deep in Hood River territory.
The Scots were on the favorable end of a another pass interference call three plays later, when the defender appeared to have position and swatted the ball away only to draw the flag, which placed the ball on the 4. Carradine put the Scots up 27-7 two plays later with a 1-yard touchdown run.
Hood River wasted no time in getting back in the game however when Jon Davis took the kickoff and raced 79-yards untouched to cut the gap to 27-14.
The Eagles were able to get a stop on defense and were quick to convert it into points after a David Douglas punt.
One play into the drive Jake Gilkerson took a handoff and went 57-yards to the end zone to get the Eagles within a touchdown at 27-21 with just over five minutes to play in the game.
The Eagles tried an onside kick but David Douglas was able to recover and soon took advantage of the short field. Carradine ran another option, shimmied his way past several Hood River defenders and then streaked 53-yards down the field for a two score advantage that Hood River would not be able to overcome.
Hood River drove to the David Douglas 15-yard line early in the fourth but was stopped on fourth and inches to snuff out the threat. Hood River coach Tracy Jackson protested the spot of the ball after the fourth down play, but to no avail.
The Scots put the game away on the next possession when Brennan East made a juggling catch of a Carradine pass and went 55-yards down the sideline for a 41-21 lead.
The Eagles were able to put together a long drive after recovering a David Douglas fumble but could not score until there was less than a minute left.
Carratt threw a touchdown to Chase Munos with 16 seconds left for the final margin.
The Eagles close out their season this Friday against Sandy at 7 p.m at Henderson Stadium.