Thurston County Mayhem
Washington County Pitbulls
(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.
(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.
(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.