Eagles play tough in league opener

Despite a six point loss on Friday night, the Eagles played solid defense and outrushed Hermiston by 44 yards

September 21, 2005

Eagle football faced a tough Hermiston squad at Henderson Stadium Friday night in its first Intermountain Conference game of the season. Hood River battled hard against one of the conference’s toughest lineups, despite having several banged-up defensive linemen. Hermiston stopped the Eagles’ last-chance offensive push in the final minutes of the fourth quarter to hold on to a 36-30 lead.

A large and lively Hood River crowd turned out for the Eagles’ first home game of the season. And the game was a great show.

Hermiston jumped to an early lead, scoring on the first possession of the night. Hood River answered back with a touchdown of its own, starting a pattern that continued throughout the first half.

Trading touchdowns back and forth, the score escalated in the first half from 0-0 to 0-7, 7-7, 7-14, 14-14, 14-21, 22-21, and finally 22-29, Hermiston’s lead at halftime.

Hood River missed its chance to tie the Bulldogs at the half in an unlucky tackle that stopped Obed Bello’s reception run just short of a touchdown on the 1-yard line.

Hermiston scored its final touchdown early in the third quarter, upping their lead to 36-22 before Hood River’s defense stepped up to the challenge of the Bulldogs’ solid running game.

Matt McDougal put six more on the board for Hood River, followed by a two-point conversion by Bello to bring the Eagles back to within a touchdown of the lead.

With five possessions and five touchdowns on the scoreboard, Hood River had to find a way to stop Hermiston’s offense.

And they found a way, stopping the Bulldogs’ final two possessions of the game and forcing punts from 4th and 13-yards and 4th and 22-yards in the final quarter.

With possession in the final minutes of the game and down by only six, Hood River had a solid chance of grabbing the win. Hermiston’s defense tackled tough all night, however, and they didn’t let up as the final seconds counted the Eagles’ comeback chance down to zero.

Offensively, Hood River had a total of 429 yards (374 yards rushing and 55 yards passing) compared to Hermiston’s 385 yards total (297 rushing, 88 passing). A huge portion of the Eagles’ 374-yard rushing game came from Bohince, who had 23 carries for 248 yards. Bello had 15 carries for 84 yards.

“A big part is players playing banged-up and injured, putting big defensive challenges on the Eagles,” said sports broadcaster Mark Bailey. “It’s going to be real tough defensively for the Eagles until they get a healthy linebacking crew.”

Eagles’ statistics:

HRV (1-2, 0-1 in IMC):


Tim Chance: 17 tackles

Matt McDougal: 14 tackles

Chase Munos: 13 tackles


374 yards rushing, 55 passing,

429 total

Ian Bohince:

23 carries, 248 yards, 1 TD

Obed Bello:

15 carries, 84 yards, 1 touch

down, 32-yard catch

Matt McDougal:

4 carries, 31 yards, 1 touchdown

Chase Munos:

1 carry 10, 1 touchdown

Tony Guisto:

3 for 5 passing, 55 yards

Adam Coerper:

2 catches, 23 yards

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