Eagles hold on to beat Barlow

Krizman dominates both sides of ball in 24-16 road victory

HRV coaches weren’t sure if wing back Jacobe Krizman would be 100 percent for Friday’s

game after he strained a groin muscle in last week’s win over Central Catholic.

He wasn’t, but he sure fooled everyone in the stands as he put forth 110 percent effort to help the

Eagles knock off the Barlow Bruins 24-16 in Gresham.

Less than five minutes had ticked off the clock, and Krizman already had two big punt returns of

18 and 63 yards, runs of 15 and 20 yards, and a 3-yard touchdown scamper.

Krizman was a one-man wrecking crew in the first half, adding another touchdown with less

than one minute remaining, preventing a touchdown with a shoestring tackle on the ensuing

kickoff, and intercepting a pass in the endzone as time expired.

“Jacobe had a huge night on both sides of the ball,” coach Mitch Sanders said. “We weren’t sure

how much we could use him at first, but he played so well we had to leave him in.”

Krizman also added six tackles and a forced fumble to his statistical resume, leading a strong

team defensive effort in which Nathan Nash contributed 13 tackles, Isidro Bello eight, and Justin

Jones six.

Other standouts were David Fox, Jared Gidley, Kyle Slining, Nate Dethman and Wes Martens,

who combined to shut down the Bruins’ attack the entire first half and much of the second.

“Our defense gave us a lot of opportunities, but we didn’t take advantage,” Sanders said.

“Offensively we kind of sputtered in the second half, and we allowed them to stay in the game.”

Statistically, the Eagles weren’t as dominating as they were against Central Catholic, putting up

308 total yards compared to 498 a week ago. Krizman and Martens did, however, break the

century mark, rushing for 110 and 107 yards respectively.

James Maher carried the ball ten times for 39 yards and Bello six times for 29 yards to round out

the rushing attack. Quarterback Jarrod Fogle went 1-6 passing — the one completion a 23-yard

TD toss to Justin Jones in the second half.

Fogle put three passes on the mark to Martens in the flat, but he was unable to hang on. Martens

has yet to exorcise the receiving demons that also caused him to drop two passes against Central

Catholic.

“If we made those catches, Barlow’s back would have been broken,” Sanders said. “Now it’s a

mental thing for Wes. He knows he can catch the ball, and so do I. We just need to keep going

back to him and hope that he breaks the curse soon.”

But despite his recent struggles catching the ball, Martens continued to be a force in the

backfield and the defensive secondary. Before Friday’s game, he ranked sixth among state 4A

rushers with 487 yards and five TDs in three games.

Martens and Krizman kick-started the offense on the Eagles’ first two offensive series, bowling

through the Bruin front seven to set up a 23-yard field goal by Jordan Thompson and Krizman’s

first TD run.

Up 9-0 early in the second quarter, HRV had a chance to put away the Bruins after Martens

intercepted a pass and returned it to the 15 yard line. The Eagles were unable to make any

headway on the ground and wound up trying a 35-yard field goal fake instead. The fake fell short

as Bello’s pass was intercepted in the endzone.

After the Eagles’ defense forced another Barlow punt, the offense drove the entire field to set up

Krizman’s second score of the night — a 5-yard sweep off left tackle — which put HRV up 16-0

with just 45 seconds to play.

Barlow didn’t give up without a fight, though. On their first drive of the second half, Daniel

Pierce sprinted around the left side and accelerated downfield for a 35-yard score.

HRV seemingly put the game away at the 10:41 mark of the fourth quarter when Fogle found

Jones in the corner of the endzone for a 23-yard TD. Martens capped the drive with a two-point

conversion to put the Eagles up 24-8.

But Barlow continued to pound away, and got within 8 when James Allan found Ted Bodine

wide open in the endzone. The two combined again for the two-point conversion to narrow the

deficit to 24-16 with just 2:30 to play.

HRV was unable to mount a counter attack and the Bruins got one final chance. But the Eagles’

linebackers stood tall and squashed the would-be comeback with a fearsome final series.

“The game really should have been over at halftime, but the more we let them stay in it, the more

confident they got,” Sanders said. “They snuck up on us.”

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