For the past several years the Hood River Valley football has counted itself lucky if it got one running back over a hundred yards on any given night.
On Friday night against Forest Grove the Eagles got two backs over a hundred yards, with Forrest Broddie and Jeremy Fischer combining for 246 yards between them and Broddie rushing for three touchdowns as the Eagles went on the road and knocked off the Forest Grove Vikings 34-21.
Broddie’s three touchdowns gave him a half dozen over two games and showed the Eagles have turned a corner on their troubles with running the football over the past half decade.
The Eagles are rolling out an all-senior offensive line this season and they are making holes for the running backs to get through.
“Experience makes such a difference in high school sports,” said HRV coach Caleb Sperry.
While the Eagles won, it was another win with lessons learned as three interceptions and two Forest Grove recoveries of onside kicks allowed the Vikings to stay in the game until the closing moments.
The Eagles turned in a dominant start to the game, putting up a 21-point lead before the Vikings could answer.
The Eagles opened the scoring three minutes into the game when they took the opening kickoff and drove 74 yards in eight plays, culminating in a one-yard touchdown plunge by Eli Fults.
The Eagles used another lengthy drive to extend the lead to two touchdowns early in the second quarter when they went 68 yards in 11 plays, with Broddie getting into the end zone from six yards out.
The Eagles needed only two plays to score on their next possession. Fischer ripped off a 39-yard run on first down from the Forest Grove 48-yard line, and moments later Broddie was into the end zone again, this time from nine yards out, and the Eagles took a 21-0 lead with eight minutes to play in the second quarter.
The Vikings closed to within a touchdown on the opening possession of the second quarter, when they went 70 yards in 10 plays, finishing the job on a 12-yard pass from Collins to Ethan Thursam.
They had a chance to go for a tying score on their next possession but Kyle Beam ended the drive with the second of his two interceptions of Collins.
Following Beam’s interception, the Eagles marched down the field with Broddie scoring his third touchdown on a 7-yard run.
The Eagles got the coupe de grace on their next possession Kopecky found Fults from 20 yards out for a 34-13 lead.
“It’s great,” said Sperry of starting the season 2-0. “I’m really excited about the way we are playing.”
The Eagles host Redmond Friday at 7 p.m.