Tuesday, August 27, 2002
STEVENSON, Wash. — Both local Gorge Youth Football teams cleaned up Saturday at Stevenson High School, showing the rest of the league why they should be feared.
Hood River Blue raised its record to 3-0 with a 32-12 pounding of The Dalles Chiefs, and was sparked by three touchdowns from Elliot Sherrell and one by Jonathan Davis. Meanwhile, Hood River Green took down a young Stevenson squad by a score of 40-0 to raise its record to 2-0.
“Our whole team stepped up,” said HR Green head coach Mychal Lucas. “We kind of expected more from the other team, but they had some youth and inexperience. So, we tried to keep the score down so that everyone could still have fun.”
Lucas’ team went ahead 16-0 after the first quarter on touchdowns by Jordan McHale and Jacob Bohince. McHale added another TD scamper early in the second quarter before Bohince put the game out of reach with a 60-yard punt return and a
32-0 halftime lead.
Bohince also applied two bone-jarring defensive sticks in the first half that forced two Stevenson fumbles.
“Our defense had just as much to do with the win as our offense,” Lucas said. “Everyone on the team picked up the intensity.”
Saturday’s game was Lucas’ last as head coach before he returns to college at Western Oregon University.
He will turn over the coaching reins to Dave Tallman and Sean Bohince, but hopes to return for the season’s final game — a much-anticipated matchup between HR Green and HR Blue, under the lights at Henderson Stadium on Sept. 28.
“It’s becoming obvious that the league’s best two teams are right here in Hood River,” Lucas said. “They’ve also built up a bit of a rivalry over the past couple years and it should be like our own little Civil War game.”
Both teams have a bye this weekend and will return to action Sept. 14 in The Dalles.
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