(Hare Field, Hillsboro OR)
On a sunny and warm Saturday afternoon, the #5 Washington County Pit Bulls prepares for #1 Wenatchee Rams to come into town. Two weeks after losing a very close game against cross town rivals, the Portland Raiders, the energy at practice, the attitude, and focus was very upbeat.
"It was nice to be on the field on a sunny and warm afternoon" said Head Coach Mark Ancheta. It was a stark contrast to the two preseason games played against the Kitsap County Storm and the Raiders. Both games were cold and heavy down pours. "Its nice not having to battle with the elements. We got a lot done today and cleaned up some of our technique. Both QB's Cody Patterson and Kyron Carlson are back in action during practice looking very good. It was a good two weeks that we got to heal up from injuries and get some specific installs".
The Wenatchee Rams have taken the #1 team ranking in the WWFA after a dominant performance against the Portland Raiders in a 27-0 victory. The Rams have done a lot of recruiting and have built a very good product on the field. There are a number of athletes that went over from the Puyallup Nation Kings, last years Western Washington Football Alliance (WWFA) championship and the runner up to the minor league national title champion.
"There are a lot of athletes that we are familiar with when the Pit Bulls, then branded as the Portland Pit Bulls, traveled up to Puyallup to face the Kings in 2016. We got a chance to see them live against the Portland Raiders and they are pretty impressive with the depth that they traveled with. They are a physical team and we have to match that level of physicality" stated Ancheta.
May 19, 2018 marks the start of the regular season for the WWFA. It has been an off season, that for the Pit Bulls, are now looking to make a name for themselves in a new league. The Pit Bulls are currently ranked #5 entering the regular season. This weekends game on 5/19 will be a very good measuring stick of how well the Pit Bulls can compete against a very deep roster with some very good size.
This game will also feature an animal fostering event for a local non-profit called Bikers4Bullies. Bikers4Bullies is a non profit that assists animal fosters finding new homes and families. Bikers4Bullies will have a few puppies on display and to help educate about the process of finding new homes for animals currently in foster homes including some of the services they provide to foster families. Visit their Facebook page at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/bikersforbullies/
Concessions will be provided by another local non profit- Ka lei Hali'a O Ka Lokelani, a local hula halau out of Aloha OR. https://www.facebook.com/KaLeiHaliaOKaLokelani/
The game will be streamed live over internet radio provided by Westside Mobile Media at http://www.mixlr.com/banksbraves
"We are very proud to be able to work with local non profits here in the Washington County. We have built so many very good business relationships with the local businesses here and with the community. We want to represent the Washington County and match the pride that the communities and businesses show. Lets pack Hare Field Stadium!!!" coach Ancheta.
Gates for general admission open at 430pm. General admission for 13 and over is $10. All children 12 and under are free with a paying adult. Seniors and Military with ID are $8. Kick off is at 6pm this Saturday 5/19/18 at Hare Field 1151 NE Grant Street Hillsboro, OR 97124. All gate collected helps with operational costs including facilities rentals and referee fees.