Hood River teams take 1st, 2nd in youth football championships

For the third year in a row, Hood River sent two teams to the Gorge Youth Football League championship. Hood River was represented at the 3rd/4th and the 5th/6th grade levels in this year’s finals, which took place last weekend in Stevenson.

The league includes teams from Hood River, Stevenson, White Salmon, The Dalles, Lyle, and Goldendale; teams play a six-game regular season, with the top two in each age group battling for the league championship in the final game. This year’s championship games were played under the lights at Stevenson High School.

The 3-4 championship game featured an exciting matchup between Hood River vs. The Dalles. Hood River finished with an 8-0 win, despite having four touchdowns called back due to holding and false start penalties. The shutout means the team finished with an undefeated 7-0 record on the season.

The 5-6 championship game was a battle between two undefeated teams, Hood River and Dallesport/Lyle. The team from the east overcame a first-half deficit to win the game 48-24 over a hard-fighting Hood River squad.

Hood River started the game on fire, winning the coin toss and opening with a 60-yard scoring drive capped by a reverse play that fooled everyone. The PAT was good and Hood River led 8-0. On the next series the Hood River defense stripped the ball carrier and scored several plays later on a quarterback keep up the middle, increasing the lead to 16-0 after another clean PAT.

The Dallesport/Lyle team then went on a scoring drive of its own, but didn’t convert the point after kick, coming away with only six points. Hood River then drove down the field for another score on an outside toss and, after the third straight clean kick, led 24-6 and seemed to be in clear control of the game.

Dallesport/Lyle’s running attack was relentless, though, and the team pulled out two touchdowns in the second quarter to narrow Hood River’s lead to only four points by halftime.

In the third and fourth quarters, it was all Dallesport/Lyle as Hood River fumbled the ball away twice and threw an interception. Dallesport/Lyle scored 28 unanswered points in the half and held Hood River scoreless to seal the victory.

Hood River’s coach Larry Wyatt commented, “We still had a great season and I’m extremely proud of the way our team played all year long.”

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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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