Wednesday, September 12, 2012
For the past several years the Hood River Valley football has counted itself lucky if it got one running back over a hundred yards on any given night.
On Friday night against Forest Grove the Eagles got two backs over a hundred yards, with Forrest Broddie and Jeremy Fischer combining for 246 yards between them and Broddie rushing for three touchdowns as the Eagles went on the road and knocked off the Forest Grove Vikings 34-21.
Broddie’s three touchdowns gave him a half dozen over two games and showed the Eagles have turned a corner on their troubles with running the football over the past half decade.
The Eagles are rolling out an all-senior offensive line this season and they are making holes for the running backs to get through.
“Experience makes such a difference in high school sports,” said HRV coach Caleb Sperry.
While the Eagles won, it was another win with lessons learned as three interceptions and two Forest Grove recoveries of onside kicks allowed the Vikings to stay in the game until the closing moments.
The Eagles turned in a dominant start to the game, putting up a 21-point lead before the Vikings could answer.
The Eagles opened the scoring three minutes into the game when they took the opening kickoff and drove 74 yards in eight plays, culminating in a one-yard touchdown plunge by Eli Fults.
The Eagles used another lengthy drive to extend the lead to two touchdowns early in the second quarter when they went 68 yards in 11 plays, with Broddie getting into the end zone from six yards out.
The Eagles needed only two plays to score on their next possession. Fischer ripped off a 39-yard run on first down from the Forest Grove 48-yard line, and moments later Broddie was into the end zone again, this time from nine yards out, and the Eagles took a 21-0 lead with eight minutes to play in the second quarter.
The Vikings closed to within a touchdown on the opening possession of the second quarter, when they went 70 yards in 10 plays, finishing the job on a 12-yard pass from Collins to Ethan Thursam.
They had a chance to go for a tying score on their next possession but Kyle Beam ended the drive with the second of his two interceptions of Collins.
Following Beam’s interception, the Eagles marched down the field with Broddie scoring his third touchdown on a 7-yard run.
The Eagles got the coupe de grace on their next possession Kopecky found Fults from 20 yards out for a 34-13 lead.
“It’s great,” said Sperry of starting the season 2-0. “I’m really excited about the way we are playing.”
The Eagles host Redmond Friday at 7 p.m.
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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