By BEN MCCARTY
News staff writer
September 6, 2006
In the opening minutes of the 2006 season the Hood River Valley Eagles had their backs against the wall. The McKay Royal Scots had a first and goal inside the Eagle five yard line.
If this had been 2005 the Scots would have probably come away with seven points, instead they came away with none.
“I think we showed a lot of heart,” head coach Tracy Jackson said. “We were down there on the eight inch line and came up with a goal line stand because a bunch of guys really want to win.”
After the goal line stand, the Eagles were off and running.
Ian Bohince scored touchdowns on both sides of the ball and the Eagles put away the Scots 21-7 in the season opener for both teams.
Bohince scored the opening points of the season for the Eagles on a three yard run as time expired in the first quarter. The Scots answered just seconds before halftime when quarterback Matt Kirshner hurdled into the end zone from six yards out to send the teams to the locker room tied at seven.
After the teams traded punts in the third quarter, Eric Lujano broke free for a 32-yard run to put the Eagles inside the McKay 10-yard line on the opening play of the fourth quarter.
Two plays later, Lujano scored from two yards out on fourth and two to give the Eagles a 14-7 lead. After the Eagles took the lead, the defense, which often struggled to hold opponents below 30 points last season, made sure the Eagles never looked back.
Two minutes later the defense kept McKay out of the end zone when Alex Titus recovered a Tony Gonzales fumble on the Eagles nine. On McKay’s next possession John Davis ran down Kirshner and forced a fumble, which Bohince recovered and sprinted 35 yards untouched to the endzone for the final margin.
“I though ‘I gotta get on that ball,’” Bohince said of the play. “I just took off and sprinted down the field.”
With time running out McKay turned to their passing game to try and catch up, but with under a minute remaining Mark Troxel picked off Kirshner to ice the game and allow the Eagles to run out the clock. “I think our defense did a really good job,” Jackson said. “We really needed that.”