WASHOUGAL — Consider the new turf at Fishback Stadium broken in.
Washougal rushed for 276 yards to christen its new home playing surface with a 35-0 win over Hudson’s Bay on Friday.
But defense is what had the Panther’s sideline fired up most of the evening. Washougal allowed only 108 yards.
“Our defense is something we’re able to hang our hat on this year,” Washougal coach Bob Jacobs said.
While Washougal hopes Friday’s nonleague win serves as a springboard, Hudson’s Bay will treat the game as a learning experience. Eagles coach Sylvester Green is trying to turn around the program after going winless last season.
“Last year’s team would have been fighting and giving up,” Green said. “These guys played hard the whole time. The lesson coming out of this game is that we’ve got to keep fighting.”
Running back Garrett Duey had a pair of one-yard touchdown runs before cramps sidelined him in the second quarter.
Zack Neketuk picked up the slack, rushing for 72 yards and a touchdown.
“I think we have to work on hydrating,” Jacobs said. “But the good part is that in the second half we were able to play everybody.”
Seven rushers carried the load for Washougal, which led 20-0 at halftime. Three Washougal starters, including all-league running back Bobby Jacobs, didn’t play due to niggling injuries. Coach Jacobs said he wants his team healthy before Class 2A League play begins next month.
“We get those guys in and we’ll definitely be better,” Jacobs said. “But I was really happy with how our young guys played.”
Senior Devon Casey rushed for 57 yards to lead Bay, which plays in the Class 3A Greater St. Helens League.
“We’re a young team,” Green said. “What we are is a highly skilled JV team. What we’re doing right now is putting everything together. Once we get to league, we’ll be ready.”
“Hudson’s Bay, in all fairness to them, are playing better,” Jacobs said. “They look more organized than they have in the last couple years. Hopefully those guys are able to get that program turned around. I’m pulling for them.”
Washougal 35, Hudson’s Bay 0
Hudson’s Bay 0 0 0 0– 0
Washougal 14 6 15 0–35
W — Garrett Duey 1 run (run failed)
W — Safety, punt blocked in end zone
W — Grayden Economides 4 pass from Chase Duey (run failed)
W — G. Duey 1 run (run failed)
W — Zack Neketuk 3 run (C. Duey run)
W — Patrick Jones recovered punt in end zone (Monte Georgianna kick)
RUSHING — Hudson’s Bay, Devon Casey 16-57, Ryder Waite 2-7, Bryan Hopster 3-3, Jeremy Matheny 4-2, Caleb Grahnert 1-3, Presley Ayrrius 1-minus 7; Washougal, Neketuk 12-72, G. Duey 10-59, Economides 8-48, Tristan LeBaron 4-31, C. Duey 3-25, Brandon Casteel 4-23, Tristan Roseff 7-22.
PASSING — Hudson’s Bay, Matheny 5-23-1-43; Washougal, C. Duey 1-10-1-4.
RECEIVING — Hudson’s Bay, DeWayne Whitley 2-39, Seth White 3-4; Washougal, Economides 1-4.