A week after struggling in vain to keep up with an offensive juggernaut, the Hood River Valley football team got to experience the other side of the coin against North Salem.
The Eagles manhandled the Vikings to the tune of six straight touchdowns in a 42-12 win Friday night in Salem to improve to 3-1 on the season.
The Eagles scored three touchdowns in the final 2:30 of the first quarter, one each from running backs Forrest Broddie and Jeremy Fischer and a fumble returned for a touchdown by Connor Normand.
The Eagles added another Broddie touchdown run in the second quarter, and then another in the third before Luke Kopecky hit Eli Fults for a five-yard touchdown midway through the third quarter to cap the HRV scoring.
North Salem did score two late touchdowns but the outcome of the game was never in doubt.
“We competed really well and executed very well,” said HRV coach Caleb Sperry.
HRV dominated North Salem in every facet of the game. The Eagles gained 457 total yards of offense despite committing 12 penalties for 108 yards, and forced six North Salem turnovers.
The Eagles meanwhile had no turnovers of their own as quarterback Luke Kopecky had one of his most efficient games under center as a varsity starter. Kopecky completed 12 of 20 passes for 164 yards with the touchdown to Fults.
Most of the Eagle offense went through the running game, with the HRV offensive line again clearing plenty of holes for the running backs.
Broddie finished with 154 yards on 16 carries, while Fischer needed only eight carries to get 119 yards.
“Our offensive line is playing awesome,” Sperry said.
The win allowed the Eagles to avenge a one-touchdown defeat to the Vikings in Hood River last year and give them plenty of momentum heading into their homecoming match up with St. Helens this week.
Even though the Lions are not off to the best of starts, the HRV coach has spent the early part of the practice week drilling focus into his team. The Eagles were 2-0 in homecoming games under Sperry before falling to Summit last year.
St. Helens comes into the game 1-3. Following a season opening win over Cleveland the Lions have dropped three straight, including a 42-0 beating at the hands of Sherwood Friday.
“That’s the hard thing,” Sperry said of getting the team to maintain it’s concentration. “We’ve been talking about it a lot and making sure we’re all on the same page and remembering the commitment we’ve made to each other and the fun we’re having achieving what we’re achieving by putting in hard work and doing all the right things.”
n Around the CRC: The Dalles fell to 1-3 with a 27-14 loss to Summit while Pendleton got its first win of the season with a 42-6 victory over La Grande to move to 1-3.
Hermiston had a bye week.
n Freshman win: The HRV frosh football team brought its record to 2-2 Thursday with a 30-12 win over North Salem. Montana Kurahara, Andy Schmidt, Skyler Hunter, Parker Irusta and Kellen Duffy all scored, and Dallas Buckley threw three touchdown passes. The freshmen take on St. Helens Thursday at 4:30 at Henderson Stadium.