(Hare Field- Hillsboro OR) The Washington County Pit Bulls kicked off their season this last Saturday 12/24/16. On a foggy Christmas Eve morning, the Washington County Pit Bulls and the Rip City Mafia held a joint practice and 60 play scrimmage. Click on the link below for highlights.
The atmosphere was a stark contrast to the pace and energy of the practice and attitude of the players. At the completion of practice several personnel of the Washington County Pit Bulls were excited of the upcoming season. Newly appointed defensive coordinator expressed is assessment on a very impressive defensive performance. “I am proud to be the Defensive Coordinator of the Washington County Pit Bulls, especially after our real first day of practice and scrimmaging against the Mafia. I know I inherited a solid core on the defensive side of the ball. With that being said they have exceeded my expectations in a really big way. I am leaving practice today confident that there is something here. I can’t wait to work more with these men. This is going to be a fun season. Watch out!” Coach Bell said with excitement and full of energy.
QB Eric Archuletta had an efficient day connecting with 4 of 7 for 50 yards 0 TDs and 1 INT. Two of the incomplete passes came in a 40-yard drive that ended on the 10-yard line. Both dropped passes would have resulted in touchdowns. Archuletta speaks on his performance. “Today was productive we were able to get out here and put what we have been studying on paper to the field. Our scrimmage against the Mafia gave us the ability to get a good look at how our offense will operate and what things we need to close gaps on in order to be ready and primed for the season. We started out bit a slow knocking the rust off but got it going toward the end and strung together a 40 drive. We were not able to put points on the board but we had the opportunity and it just slipped through out hands. Overall I am very excited for what this offense will do in the coming months leading to the season start. Our new and returning wide outs look very promising we just need more time to get into rhythm. Now back to the tape and study for the next team practice/tryout and prepare for our season”.
TE Michael Jorgensen ended with 45 receiving yards and recapped the scrimmage. “We got a lot of good looks at our new installs on offense and got to see what plans Coach Calvin Bell has to expand and build on our defense. We had a great mix of returning and new players that are ready and eager to get going. We looked very good for being in pads for the first time”.
Rookie Head Coach Mark Ancheta could be seen grinning with excitement. "Practice time went well. I like the pace of practice that we were executing at. We had a lot of energy coming out this morning. It also helped that we had a scrimmage. The arrangement for the joint practice with the Mafia was a natural fit. There are a number of former players of ours that play on that team. It’s good to have that competition. We get a first look at the installs we have been working on and what we need to correct. Most importantly, the new coaching staff got a firsthand look of the players and their skill sets in a competitive setting. These coaches are good at what they do and are already looking to give these players new tools to use. Overall, I like the energy. It’s a breath of fresh air." Next up for the Washington County Pit Bulls is a tryout/practice to be held at Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation 15707 SW Walker Rd, Beaverton, OR 97006. Tryout registrations can be filled out at the link below. Happy New Years from the Washington County Pit Bulls!!