Behind some gutsy play-calling and timely conversions, Columbia River defeated Hudson’s Bay 21-8 Friday evening.
Columbia River started off the game by securing the onside kick and scoring four plays later on a 15-yard pass from Adam Watts to Shawn Rain.
The momentum was on River’s side as the defense refused to give up a first down until the Eagle’s third drive.
However, Hudson’s Bay responded early in the second quarter with a 9-play, 68-yard drive and briefly took the lead 8-6 on a Jamarion Hinton 20-yard score.
Columbia River would not stay behind for long as Satchelle Baskette returned a muffed punt 35 yards for a score and Watts found Jake Ayers on back-to-back 17-yard passing plays for another touchdown.
Neither team found the endzone in the second half as both defenses refused to cave. Hudson’s Bay allowed just 81 rushing yards on the evening and intercepted Watts twice. Columbia River also collected an interception and allowed just 58 passing yards.
Columbia River’s clock management in the second half proved to be their most crucial component in the win. They ran 28 plays in the second half compared to just 11 for the Eagles.
Watts completed 17 of 25 passes for 187 yards with two touchdowns.
COLUMBIA RIVER 21, HUDSON’S BAY 8
Col.River 6 15 0 0-21
Hud. Bay 0 8 0 0- 8
CR – Shawn Rain 15 pass from Adam Watts (kick failed)
HB – Jamarion Hinton 20 run (Hayden DeGrandpre run)
CR – Satchelle Baskette 35 punt return (Cade Lujan kick)
CR – Jake Ayers 17 pass from Watts (Watts run)
RUSHING – Columbia River, Dylan Keir 12-36, Max Sturtevant 6-32, Ayers 1-14, Eddie Hockhalter 5-10, Watts 3-(minus-11); Hudson’s Bay, Hinton 14-64, Raven Barnes 2-37, DeGrandpre 1-4, Devontay Moore 1-(minus-1), Dean Jesus Castillo 5-(minus-6).
PASSING – Columbia River, Watts 17-25-2-187; Hudson’s Bay, Castillo 7-17-1-58.
RECEIVING – Columbia River, Ayers 4-72, Sturtevant 4-54, Keir 2-28, Samuela Kaumatule 2-16, Rain 1-15, Victor Flores 1-5, Adam Huerena 1-0, Hockhalter 2-(minus-3); Hudson’s Bay, Hinton 2-26, Dylan Damos 3-16, Moore 1-10, Barnes 1-6