Eagles’ next test is undefeated Cougars

The HRV football team is riding high after winning its sixth straight game and setting a new state playoff record for points (84) last Friday against Lakeridge.

Likewise, this Friday’s opponent, Canby, is on top of the world after winning its 10th straight game, 34-19 over Glencoe.

“This is a confident football team,” Cougars coach Mike Doty told The Oregonian after the team’s first playoff appearance in four years. “It doesn’t matter who we play. This is a solid football team that can beat anyone.”

The Eagles will travel to Canby on Friday (kickoff is 7:30 p.m.) to face the fourth-ranked and undefeated Cougars, the champions of the Pac-9 Conference. They will try to hitch a ride on Jacobe Krizman’s back as he looks to add to his state-record total of 2,701 yards.

However, the Cougars are a

defensive-minded squad, and will try to accomplish something that no other team has been able to do this season: shut down Krizman.

In their 10 wins, the Cougars have taken advantage of a plus-23 turnover margin on the way to their first top-five ranking in years. Canby has been called “soft” by some critics because, in the Pac-9, they play a weaker schedule than some other contenders. But they did post wins over strong clubs from Tigard and McMinnville, as well as No. 8 state-ranked South Medford.

Not just a defensive team, the Cougars can also spread the field with their patented “wing-T” offense, spearheaded by running backs Shawn Doman (Soph.) and Josh Gustafson (Sr.). Senior Roland Stegemier is the playcaller, while senior tight end Eddie Brower is the No. 1 receiver.

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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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