Blue pounds out title with line play

Anyone who followed Gorge Youth Football this season would have to agree that the best two teams in the league resided in Hood River.

Hood River Green and Hood River Blue each came into Saturday’s season finale at Henderson Stadium with identical 5-0 records and one thing on their minds — to finish undefeated.

Behind a rugged rushing attack, a powerful offensive line and a relentless defense, HR Blue claimed the 2002 title by a score of 20-14. But, while only one team could walk away the league champion, both teams walked away winners.

“We had to play our best to beat these guys,” said Blue running back Elliot Sherrell, whose 45-yard scamper in the second quarter put his team up 20-6. “We ran the ball pretty well, but it was all about the offensive line tonight.”

Not to mention the defense of linebacker Sean Baker, who made two key stops late in the fourth quarter to squash Green’s last-second attempt to win the game.

“Our goal for this game was to take down Bohince and McHale,” said lineman Alex Ing, referring to Green’s two star running backs, Jacob Bohince and Jordan McHale. “We knew how tough they were and wanted to keep them quiet.”

Bohince was able to score Green’s first touchdown midway through the first quarter to tie the game 6-6 after an early touchdown by Jonathan Davis.

Then, after Tyler Williams and Sherrell scored, McHale also got into the scoring stat book with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Talentino on the final play of the first half, which narrowed Blue’s lead to six points.

After combining to score 34 points in the first half, the second half was more of a defensive battle for both teams. Drive after drive, the ball was turned over on downs as neither team was able to complete the big plays that dominated the first half.

Blue had a chance to put the game away midway through the fourth quarter after Eric Rojas intercepted a pass at midfield. But Green’s defense was up to the challenge and got the ball back for one final drive with less than two minutes remaining.

Green earned a first down at the Blue 30 yard line with just 46 seconds left, and made their final push toward the endzone. But an offsides call and two tackles for loss by Baker secured the win and the title for Blue.

“This was a great game,” said Davis, “and it was good to win against our friends. Both teams were undefeated; it doesn’t get much better than that.”

Blue won back the Gorge Youth Football title it earned in 2000 — a title that was taken away by Green in 2001.

“I think we can do it again,” said Ing. “We have half the guys returning and we want to make it two in a row this time.”

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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 to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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