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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2018
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Chiawana
Hermiston
3
0
Bulldogs
come up
short in 3
By ANNIE FOWLER
East Oregonian
Staff photo by E.J. Harris
Hermiston’s Youbani Razon turns up field in front of Pasco’s Alex DeLeon in the Dawgs’ 45-0 win against the Bulldogs on Friday
in Hermiston. Razon has five interceptions in the last five games going back to last season.
Champ v. champ
Hermiston Bulldogs
face road test against
Richland Bombers
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By ANNIE FOWLER
East Oregonian
Hermiston
Bulldogs
(1-0)
Hermiston will make its first
Mid-Columbia Conference road
trip Friday. Destination is Fran
Rish Stadium to take on the Rich-
land Bombers.
In a battle of defending state
champions, both teams are but a
shadow of their former selves.
Oregon 5A champion Hermis-
ton, which comes in at No. 6 in this
week’s Seattle Times 3A poll, lost a
lot of key players off of last year’s
title team, as did Richland, which
won the Washington 4A state title.
“The state championship game
was last year,” Richland coach
Mike Neidhold said. “Same with
Hermiston. That is all behind us.”
Neidhold, who is in his 11th
season as head coach, and many
more than that as an assistant, said
it is the first time the Bombers have
played Hermiston in at least the
past 30 years.
“We are excited to play them,”
Richland
Bombers
(0-1)
Friday, 7 p.m., at Fran Rish
Stadium, Richland, WA
he said. “We are after the next big
thing, which is a good Hermiston
team.”
With new faces at nearly every
position, Hermiston coach David
Faaeteete does return quarterback
Andrew James. He also welcomed
back running back Wyatt Noland
— who took last year off. Noland
ran for 255 yards and four touch-
downs in a 45-0 win over Pasco on
Opening Night.
But it was a pair of seniors on
defense who caught Faaeteete’s
eye.
Youbani Razon and Zane Davis
each had interceptions last week in
the third quarter.
Razon’s pick led to a Noland
touchdown four plays later for a
28-0 lead, while Davis’ intercep-
tion stalled a Pasco drive that had
just put together pass plays of 22
and 14 yards.
“Youbani is a returning starter,”
Faaeteete said. “He has intercep-
tions in his last five games going
back to last year. Zane hasn’t
played since his freshman year,
but was one of the top guys com-
ing out of that freshman class. It
was a great way for them to get
back into things. They are good
students of the game. They are
tough, disciplined and execute
their assignments.”
The key, Razon said, is
preparation.
“We watch a lot of film,” he
said. “We go over everything all
week. It’s pretty easy to read most
times.”
And fun.
“I like when you get up and
they are looking down,” he said. “I
like when I get a pick and we go
down and score. It’s nice to be part
of the offense.”
Davis doesn’t look to have any
rust on his game despite taking two
years off. He suffered a concussion
as a freshman, but said he missed
playing.
“It’s my senior year,” he said. “I
thought, ‘Why not?’ I’ve learned a
lot from the guys who have been
out here the past three years. It
feels good to come out and com-
pete with the guys.”
The Bombers (0-1) are coming
off an opening-night loss to Chi-
awana — a game that saw them
get shut out 19-0.
“I don’t think we have had a
game where we have struggled so
mightily,” Neidhold said. “I expect
us to be more efficient. We have a
couple of guys back who will help
us.”
Richland lost starting quarter-
back Josh Fonner in the first quar-
ter last week after taking a hard hit
by Chiawana’s AJ Vongphachanh.
The Bombers also were without
linemen Aric Davison and Geof-
frey Robinson, but they will be on
the field Friday.
“We will be better than we were
last Friday,” Neidhold said. “We
are anxious to see what Hermiston
can do. I suspect they will come in
and be sky high to play us. They
will want to introduce themselves
to the MCC and raise some hell
with us.”
Hermiston showed marked improve-
ment from its Mid-Columbia Conference
opener Tuesday, but it wasn’t enough to
counter the strong play of Chiawana.
Kylie Thorne had nine kills and five
digs to lead the Riverhawks to a 25-13,
25-12, 25-17 victory Wednesday in
Pasco.
“Last night was a lot of nerves,” Herm-
iston coach Amy Dyck said of Tuesday’s
match with Southridge. “There was a lot
of hype coming into the league. They were
more relaxed tonight. They let the mistakes
go instead of letting them get to them.”
Haylee Stubbs had four ace serves and
eight digs for the Bulldogs (0-2 MCC),
who had better ball control and attacked
at the net with more authority than they
did Tuesday.
“It was one of the best matches she has
had,” Dyck said of Stubbs. “She was all
over the place. We are developing our vol-
leyball IQ everyday, along with building
our system. They are trying not to get over-
whelmed. We are getting them to believe.”
Hermiston was right in the thick of
things in the first game, and at one point
held a 9-7 lead. After the Bulldogs fought
to tie the score at 12, the Riverhawks
started to pull away.
Thorne served the last seven points
of the game, a string that included three
aces, and ended with a kill by Sianna
Iverson.
The Bulldogs struggled with control
in the second, committing 10 unforced
errors. A run of six points by Thorne gave
Chiawana a 15-5 lead in the game.
The Bulldogs rallied in the third game,
pulling within 14-11 and 19-15 before
the Riverhawks took advantage of three
unforced errors for a 22-15 lead. Alaina
Scott put the match away with a kill.
Ireland McDonough led the Bulldogs
with six kills and five digs, while Kendall
Dowdy handed out 14 assists.
Scott, Iverson and Angela Sullivan
each added five kills for Chiawana (1-0
MCC), while McKenna Kaelber had four
kills and 29 assists.
“We were able to get everyone out
there,” Riverhawks coach Jim Steach
said. “We have good depth. I am confi-
dent going 12 deep.”
Hermiston will be back in action at
noon Saturday, hosting Pasco.
Pendleton Bucks bring the pressure
By BRETT KANE
East Oregonian
When the Pendleton
Bucks face off against the
Hood River Valley Eagles
this Friday, there will be
pressure on both sides. Both
teams are coming off a vic-
tory last week – Pendleton
defeated La Grande 38-12
while Hood River bested
The Dalles 22-6.
“They’re definitely a well-
coached team,” said Pendle-
ton head coach Erik Davis.
“They’re gonna throw a lot
of different formations at us.
We’re gonna have to bring
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Pendleton
Buckaroos
(1-0)
Hood River
Eagles
(1-0)
Friday, 7 p.m., at
Pendleton High School
the pressure. That was our
bread and butter against La
Grande last week.”
Because both teams will
be facing each other with the
same 1-0 record, Davis says
his team is preparing for a
particularly tough game.
“One thing we can control
is our effort, preparation, and
attitude,” he said. “They’re
gonna be ready to go, and we
gotta come out fast and serve
dominance early. We want to
play hard and stay healthy.”
The Bucks are playing
with a team filled with vets,
including four returning
starting linebackers and four
defensive linemen. But even
with the experience the team
has under their belt, they’ve
spent the past week looking
for any way to improve, pol-
ishing both their offensive
and defensive strategies.
“The way I see it, there’s
room for improvement
all across the board. I like
the way we’re playing as
a team,” Davis said. “Our
rally cry is ‘we before me’
– we’re a family first. As a
coach, I’m trying to con-
tinue that sentiment.”
Friday will also be Pend-
leton’s first league game and
Pendleton’s chance to make
a grand entrance into the
2018 season.
“This game will be
extremely important,” Davis
said. “This group of kids
Staff photo by E.J. Harris
Pendleton’s Nat Hunsaker tackles La Grande’s Isaac
Zamora in the Bucks’ 38-12 win against La Grande on
Thursday in Pendleton.
has been putting a lot of
effort on the field and in the
weight room. We want to put
them in a position to be suc-
cessful. We’re making sure
we’re going to win. We’d
like to come out 2-0 after
Friday.”
Sports shorts
Orioles to wear
Braille jerseys
BALTIMORE (AP) — The
Baltimore Orioles will wear first-
of-their-kind big league jerseys
with their names spelled in Braille,
for its National Federation of the
Blind Night.
The Baltimore Sun reports the
jerseys will be autographed and
auctioned online after the Sept.
18 game against the Toronto Blue
Jays.
The proceeds will benefit the
federation, which is celebrating its
40th year in Baltimore.
THIS DATE IN SPORTS
Bagging Ben: Garrett aiming to sack
Roethlisberger in home opener
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Myles Gar-
rett has shredded Ben Roethlisberger.
It’s time to tear up the real Big Ben. If
he can get his hands on him.
Cleveland’s defensive end, who
playfully destroyed a photo of Roeth-
lisberger as part of a video parody
during the offseason, gets his first
crack at Pittsburgh’s star quarter-
back in a game on Sunday when the
Browns host the Steelers.
Garrett missed last year’s opener
as a rookie against Pittsburgh with
a severe ankle injury, and Roethlis-
berger skipped the season finale to be
ready for the playoffs.
They’ll finally meet on the field,
and Garrett hopes to make his for-
mal introduction in the Steelers’
backfield.
“I plan to get back there a little
bit,” he said.
Myles Garrett
1920 — Jack Dempsey knocks
out Billy Miske in the third round
to retain the world heavyweight
title. It’s the first radio broadcast of
a prizefight.
1975 — Chris Evert wins her
first of six singles titles in the U.S.
Open with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 victory
over Evonne Goolagong.
1995 — Cal Ripken plays in his
2,131st consecutive major league
game to surpass Lou Gehrig’s
56-year record. Ripken receives a
22-minute standing ovation.
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