Photo by Ray Rodriguez
The Dalles running back J.R. Scott reaches for the goalline in a football game played earlier this season. Scott and the Hawks moved into a second-place tie with Estacada following a 14-13 win Friday at Woodburn. Estacada visits The Dalles at 7 p.m. Thursday.
As of Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Dalles Seufalemua blocked a potential game-winning 40-yard field goal to help give The Dalles Riverhawks a 14-13 road win over Woodburn Friday Dale Yuranek Field in Woodburn.
With 11 seconds left in regulation, the Bulldogs had possession on the Riverhawk 49-yard line and gained 24 yards on three plays, which gave Woodburn’s sophomore kicker a chance at a manageable 42-yard attempt, but Seufalemua snaked his way through the line for the block as time expired.
Woodburn scored at the 4:32 of the second quarter for a 7-0 lead, but The Dalles answered with less than a minute to go before the half.
Gabe Helseth capped a nine-play, 58-yard drive with a 17-yard pass to Ty’jean Green and Dante Avila added the extra point to even the score at 7-apiece at the half.
At the 8:13 mark of the third quarter, TD embarked on a 10-play, 83-yard drive that drained 3:47 off the clock, as Helseth scampered into the end zone from four yards out.
Avila added the kick and the Hawks were out in front, 14-7.
Woodburn found the end zone with 3:33 left in the third quarter and looked to tie the score with the extra point.
Jesus Rodriguez missed the kick, however, so TD still had its one-point lead.
Before the missed field goal in the fourth period, No. 16-ranked Woodburn (4-2 overall, 1-2 league) gained 55 yards on three other drives, but punted once and gave the ball back with two turnovers.
The Riverhawk defense allowed 274 yards from scrimmage, 221 on 47 rushing attempts, held the Bulldogs to 4 of 14 on third downs and forced two fumbles and added an interception, to go with the blocked kick.
Rodriguez missed a field goal in the first quarter as well.
Yordi Sanchez racked up a team-high 12.5 tackles, J.R. Scott posted 8.5 tackles, a forced fumble and two sacks, and Seufalemua totaled seven tackles, four for loss, and had his block.
Green had six tackles, a fumble recovery and an interception, Steven Preston and Mac Abbas combined for nine tackles, Austin Greene hit for two tackles, an interception and a sack, and Ophath Silaphath put up 3.5 tackles, a fumble recovery and a half a sack.
Offensively, The Dalles overcame 16 penalties for 126 yards, to total 217 yards, 99 coming from the running game on 30 carries.
The Hawks (2-4, 2-1) also converted 2 of 12 on third downs, 2 for 3 on fourth downs and held the ball for 19:39.
Helseth completed 10 of 22 passes for 118 yards with a touchdown and an interception and he rushed 17 times for 42 yards and a score.
Preston rushed five times for 41 yards and Scott added 22 yards on six totes.
Green led TD receivers with 46 yards on four catches and a touchdown, Michael Armstrong hauled in two balls for 43 yards, Preston had two catches for 11 yards.
With the win, TD moves to No. 19 in the rankings, ahead of Thursday’s 7 p.m. home contest versus No. 4-ranked Estacada (5-1, 2-1). Last week, the Rangers slipped past the North Marion Huskies by a 28-20 score.
All game statistics are courtesy of John Frederick at www.sportsstatservice.com.