Vikings plunder Eagles’ offense

By BEN MCCARTY

News staff writer

September 13, 2006

The Hood River Valley Eagles have a team built to run. On Friday, the Forest Grove Vikings didn’t want the Eagles to be able to establish their running game and made life hard for the Eagles. The offense and defense switched roles from last season as an offense that scored over 30 points a game last season was held to six points and a defense that couldn’t stop opponents held the Vikings to 19 points.

“We played defense well enough to win but we couldn’t get our running game going,” Coach Tracy Jackson said.

The Eagles could not get untracked from the outset as Forest Grove held constant field position and time of possession advantages in the first half. However, stingy defense by the Eagles kept them within striking distance as the Forest Grove took a 7-0 lead into halftime.

In the third quarter the Vikings put together a long drive to make the score 13-0 all the while continuing to hold the Hood River running attack in check.

After a power surge knocked out the stadium lights and caused a 20-minute delay in play, the Vikings punched in their final score of the game to build a 19-0 lead.

Joe Johnson led the Eagles on the ground with 61 yards and the team’s lone touchdown. In the absence of a running game the Eagles tried taking to the air, with Ryan Nelson completing five of 11 passes for 52 yards. Nelson also rushed for 31 yards on nine carries. Erik Lujano and Ian Bohince made up the rest of the Hood River Valley attack, combining for 58 yards on 22 carries.

“We have some very good backs but I could not get them the kind of creases to sustain drives,” Jackson said. “We’ll work on getting our running game going.”

The Eagles will get a chance to re-establish themselves on the ground when the take on the The Dalles this Friday at Henderson Community Field at 7 p.m.

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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 www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge



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