Panthers run game chews up Eagles

September 21, 2011

The Redmond Panthers had a simple game plan for beating Hood River Valley Friday night: Just keep running.

The bigger 6A Redmond (2-1) team ran the ball 32 total times for 244 yards and got some timely defensive plays to beat the Eagles 35-14 in Redmond.

HRV (1-2) quarterback Cody Walker threw for 329 yards, but the Eagles had to abandon their own running attack after trailing 28-7 at halftime.

"They did a good job getting to the edge and we didn't tackle," said HRV coach Caleb Sperry. "We're just not getting people off the field."

The Eagle passing attack exceeded expectations and the Eagles won the time of possession battle by 10 minutes against Redmond; however most of the passing yards and possessions came in the second half, as the Eagles tried to rally from a three-touchdown deficit.

Before the Eagles could even get going they found themselves in a 14-0 hole. After a short punt on the first HRV possession, Redmond needed only four plays before Jonathan Harding found the end zone on a two-yard run for the first of his two touchdowns in the game.

Later in the quarter Austin Alvarez picked off a Walker pass and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown.

The Eagles got on the board early in the second quarter when Walker connected with Cole Hunter for a 57-yard touchdown strike. It would prove to be one of the few highlights for the Eagles.

Redmond would then reel off three straight touchdowns between the second and third quarters.

Harding answered HRV's touchdown with a one-yard dive and Boomer Fleming scored on a 28-yard run - part of a 153-yard game - to give Redmond a commanding lead at the half.

Early in the third Redmond quarterback Daulton Hanks netted 63 of his 67 passing yards on one play when he found Jesse Nicholson for a touchdown.

The Eagles scored in the opening minutes of the fourth on a one-yard run by Jeremy Fischer but the Eagles would get no closer.

The Eagles could find some improvements to hang their hat on as they prepare for their final two non-league games.

Gabi Nuno had a good all-around game for the Eagles, gaining 60 yards rushing on eight carries and 57 yards receiving.

Hunter caught 12 passes for 160 yards for the Eagles.

Sperry has seen that teams respect the Eagles' offensive attack enough to want to keep it off the field, but he said his team needs to execute better when it has the ball on offense, and needs to focus on getting teams off the field on defense.

"It comes down to execution and tackling," he said.

Frosh fall: The HRV freshmen fell to a strong Redmond team 39-2. HRV got on the scoreboard with a safety by John Grey.

Up next: HRV travels to North Salem Friday to take on its second-straight 6A road opponent. The Vikings are 1-2 and coming off a 51-14 drubbing at the hands of the Lakeridge Pacers Friday. The Eagles beat the Central Valley league team 17-15 last season in Hood River.

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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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