(Hare Field- Hillsboro OR)
The Washington County Pit Bulls defeated the Kitsap Storm on a windy, rainy evening 22-0 in the inaugural season with the Western Washington Football Alliance. Both teams struggled with the elements to get their offenses going as both the Pit Bulls and the Storm traded possessions in the first quarter. "With the bad weather, this was a defensive game for field position. This was our debut into the WWFA. The players were really motivated to start the season with a win. We weren't as efficient to start the game, but we started to put things on offense together. We became more efficient in our running and Cody made a couple of big throws to Drew (Sedacy), Kenny (Bossen) and hit David (Benintendi) for a 51 yard strike for a touchdown in the third quarter" Head Coach Mark Ancheta said. The defense played very stingy and created turnovers. Safeties Tyler Dye and Deonte Shelton each had a forced fumble. Safety Trevor Dye returned a failed 36 yard field goal attempt by the Storm returning it to the Storm 46. The Pit Bulls was able to string a good drive and get to the Storm 9 yard line where QB Cody Patterson kicked a 15 yard field goal scoring the first points of the game.
See HUDL highlights of the game here: http://www.hudl.com/video/2/121009/5aca96bfbd6ac3097ca881c5
Late in the second quarter Punter Kenny Bossen pinned the Storm inside their 20 yard line. After 3 straight downs netting a -9 yards, the Storm found themselves at fourth down and the punting from 2 yards inside the Storm end zone. DB Kevin Johnson recieved the punt at the Storm 40 yard line and returned the punt to the Storm 15 yard line. A 8 yard run by QB Patterson set up a 2nd and two from the seven yard line where Patterson connected with WR Andre Dorn on a 7 yard touchdown pass right before halftime.
The second half was more of the same aggressive defense that only gave up 46 total yards on offense- 31 yard passing and 15 yards rushing. Defensive End #22 Jaron Jones lead the team with 7.5 tackles and 2 sacks and 2.5 tackles for losses. "I was really impressed with our team as a whole. I knew we were ahead of schedule from last season and that the new guys had appeared to be bought in to the new culture and system but it was another thing to see all of it displayed on the field. Yeah we started slow and had miscues but that was expected. The offensive line stole the night in my opinion. Its gonna be pretty unfortunate for teams that study this game because in two weeks we'll be unrecognizable" said Jones one of four captains for the squad this season.
Safety Trevor Dye also contributed to the cause on defense amassing 5 total tackles, a tackle for loss, and an interception for a touchdown that sealed the game for the Pit Bulls. The older of the Dye brothers, recently returned from personal work outs with the Canadian Football League.
Coming back to the team this season is one of the captains of the 2016 Pit Bulls team Mo Najjar. Najjar missed the 2017 season while serving on a military training and assignments. His return yielded an interception late in the fourth quarter.
"I'm proud of what this young team has done. These guys are bought into the system and culture. They are unselfish and play for each other. There is going to be a lot of big challenges coming up in the Raiders and the Rams. We just need to keep plugging at it and grow with the process one step at a time" said Ancheta.
Photos taken by Kathy Rose and can be viewed here- https://www.facebook.com/groups/1945789952335071/permalink/2072043353043063/.
Next game for the Pit Bulls will be at the Portland Raiders on April 28, 2018. Kick off at 6pm. Game will be played at Hare Field with the Portland Raiders on the Home sideline.