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Washington County Pit Bulls host the Rouge Valley Trojans

By Mark Ancheta, 06/24/17, 5:00PM PDT


After a 2 week lay off and travels down to Southern Oregon, the Washington County Pit Bulls return to action at Hare Field against the Rouge Valley Trojans.

Coming off of a 3 game win streak and out scoring their last 3 opponents by a total combined points of 153-7, the Washington County Pit Bulls are now 4-1 overall and 2-1 in league play.  The Pit Bulls are building some good momentum ahead of the matchup with the Trojans.

"We are starting to put together some consistency with our offensive system.  We are slowly putting together all of the moving parts of the machine and understanding concepts.  We still have a lot to grow and the Trojans will be a really big test for us on how well we can keep our focus and stay the path" Head Coach Mark Ancheta stated.

The Rouge Valley Trojans, an newly formed independent team is a collection of very impressive personnel from former Southern Oregon Renegades and the now defunct Springfied Buzzards. Familiar Renegades names such as Darryl McBride Jr, Patrick Shed, Dannie Welcome, Alvin Thornton and Buzzards personnel- Bryce Littlejohn, Leon Ireland, Jack Cosgrove, and Donovan Woods are some of the recognized names that have contributed to their respective former teams in the Pacific Football League. If fact, the Buzzards were the runner up to the 2016 PFL Champions the Portland Raiders in a game that was lost in overtime on a Kansas Plan at the Raiders 3 yard line.  That shows the quality of talent that the Trojans have procured.

The Pit Bulls have been really putting up some impressive numbers. The defense has scored 10 defensive touchdowns this season in 5 games, led by DE Jaron Jones who has an impressive 5 defensive TD- 3 Int 3 TD and 2 Fumble Recoveries for TD.  Tyler Dye leads all defensive backs with 4 interception including a pick-6 on the first play of regulation last weekend against the Renegades. The defense as a unit has produced 17 interceptions.  

Adding to the build up of the game is the record temperatures for tomorrows 6pm kick off game. "We will continue to monitor the heat index at the field and follow the protocol to keep our players safe.  We will continue to preach to our players to continue to hydrate. Temperatures for Saturday are expected to be in the upper 90's and cooling down to low 90's by 7pm.  The Pit Bulls Organization has the highest respect for our players safety including heat illness.  We have to make the right decision to keep our players safe" said Coach Ancheta".  

It's tough to tell how this game will shape out to be.  There are a lot of unknowns with the newly formed Trojan team.  The Pit Bulls prides themselves with the defense as the face of their franchise.  After a few series of feeling each other's personnel out, it should turn out to be a very competitive game.