HOOD RIVER — The St. Helens Lions (1-4, 0-3) took an early lead on the Hood River Valley Eagles (4-1, 0-0) on Sept. 28, but the Eagles came up with too many big plays and went on to win, 58-10.
Of Hood River Valley’s eight touchdowns, five covered more than 50 yards and two more were between 30 and 50.
“It was a nightmare as far as giving up big plays,” said St. Helens coach John England. “Looking at the film, we had some breakdowns. We need to tackle better, we need to execute our team defense.”
The Lions were executing on offense early on in the game.
A 53-yard run from junior running back Brennan Norton put the Lions in the red zone on their first drive. St. Helens ended up settling for a field goal. Senior Nathan Reed made a 25-yard attempt for a 3-0 lead.
After a 54-yard TD run from the Eagles, the Lions marched back down and scored on an 8-yard pass from junior Gage Bumgardner to junior Tanner Long.
“We were up 10-7, things are pretty good,” England said.
Then the Eagles responded with 21 points in a hurry to build a 28-10 lead.
“In the second half we couldn’t get our offense going,” England said.
St. Helens finished the game with 174 yards on the ground and 136 through the air.
“On offense Gage Bumgardner played pretty well. He threw the ball relatively accurately – had one interception – besides that he threw the ball well,” England said. “He ran the ball well too, made good reads.”
Bumgardner was 11-of-21 for 136 yards, one TD and one interception. He ran eight times for 43 yards.
England said Norton “ran the ball well at times” and that junior tight end Corey West had a good game.
Norton finished with 77 yards on 12 carries. West had three catches for 68 yards.
“On the defensive side, Joey Beggio had a good game, Corey West did too,” England said.
St. Helens was missing two starting linemen – junior Jake Zartman and sophomore Blake Lomax – as well as receiver/cornerback Michael Enyart and running back/linebacker Tyson Singelstad because of injuries and illness. England said he expects Enyart and Singelstad back for the Lions’ Oct. 5 Homecoming game against the Sandy Pioneers (1-4, 1-2), but said the other two are questionable.
Kickoff against the Pioneers is scheduled for 7 p.m.
ST. HELENS 3 7 0 0 – 10
HOOD RIVER VALLEY 7 21 14 16 – 58
SH – Nathan Reed 25 FG
HRV – Forest Broddie 54 run (Cesar Romero kick)
SH – Tanner Long 8 pass from Gage Bumgardner (Reed kick)
HRV – Broddie 34 run (Romero kick)
HRV – Luke Kopecky 1 run (Romero kick)
HRV – Chase Young 81 pass from Kopecky (Romero kick)
HRV – Jeremy Fischer 78 run (Romero kick)
HRV – Broddie 62 run (Romero kick)
HRV – Broddie 80 run (Romero kick)
HRV – Safety
HRV – Alex Jimenez 49 run (Romero kick)
ST. HELENS INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
Rushing: Long 15-37, Norton 12-77, Bumgardner 8-43, Hughes 2-8, C. Gray 1-6, Jensen 1-3
Receiving: Long 7-61, West 3-68, Jewett 1-7
Passing: Bumgardner 11-21-1-136, Long 0-1