(Hare Field, Hillsboro OR)
The clash between cross town rivalries continues under a new league umbrella. The Washington County Pit Bulls and the Portland Raiders continue their rivalry now as members of the Western Washington Football Alliance. 2018 brought a lot of change for the Pit Bulls and Raiders. What remained the same was the pure grittiness of athleticism and competition that both teams consistently display during these match ups.
"These games are always fun to be in. The Raiders are a top notch caliber team that has consistently be able to put a very good product on the field that few teams can match up with. There is a lot of respect and comradery between the Pit Bulls and the Raiders. Coach (Aaron) Fentress has been a very good mentor for me as a coach coming up the ranks of minor league football here in Oregon. Its tough to close the gap in talent and the productivity that Fentress puts out on the field. I feel we are getting close and are almost there. However a 14-7 loss is still a loss and its back to work for us" Head Coach Mark Ancheta said.
The game was what was expected in a preseason match up. The weather wasn't the greatest with downpours starting in the middle of the second quarter. A few misfires and turn overs on both sides of the ball and both teams proving to be stingy on defense. Raiders defense only giving up 109 total yards of offense and the Pit Bulls giving up 118 yards of offense.
For a second straight game for the Pit Bulls, the battle for field position was the theme. Early in the second quarter starting Quarterback Cody Patterson took a big shot that took him out of the game. Backup Kyron Carlson filled in as the play caller.
Late in the second quarter defensive back Mo Najjar made an interception at the Pit Bulls 13 yard line and returning it to the Pit Bulls 45. The play was nullified by a pass interference call giving the ball to the Raiders at the Pit Bull 13. A couple of plays later Raiders completed a TD in the end zone.
View HUDL highlights of the game at the link below:https://www.hudl.com/video/2/121009/5ae80f4115f5860b0808fc5b
The Pit Bulls started the third quarter receiving the kick off. After trading possessions, QB Carlson started to put a string of passes and run options together. On a third and 10, Carlson threw a high pass to TE Kenny Bossen that was intercepted for a score making it 14-0 ending in the third quarter.
The beginning of the fourth quarter QB Carlson took a hit that put him out of the game. "We were on our number three QB. The attrition on this game hit us hard. I like how we continued to fight. (QB Andre Bradford) Dre stepped in and continued to put strings of plays together. We pulled (Defensive End Jaron Jones) one of our best athletes and put the ball in his hands" said Ancheta.
Runs travelling 10 yards by Bradford, another 10 by Jones, another 8 by running back David Saylors, and another 10 by Jones- the offense continued to show their grit and determination. On a 1st and 10, Jones to a hand off off the left side and finished an electrifying 60 yard touchdown run closing the gap to 14-7 late in the fourth quarter.
Photos captured by Ed Devereaux can be viewed at the link below: https://www.eddevereaux.com/Clients/Sports/2018-Portland-Raiders-vs-Washington-Co-Pit-Bulls/
The ensuing onside kick was recovered by the Raiders and ran the clock out. "We had some key players that went down. We are a young team that I am very excited about. We have a huge test ahead of us on May 19 against the Wenatchee Rams. We got a lot to prepare for these next two weeks off" Ancheta stated.