(Hare Field, Hillsboro OR) The Washington County Pit Bulls played host to the Vancouver Vipers of the WWFA for a non contact 7 on 7 exhibition. The Vipers under the leadership of Head Coach Cedric Walker looks to revive the franchise after not fielding a team after the 2015 PFL season.
The Pit Bulls stingy defense took the field first and displayed a clinic and not missing a beat despite the time off from last weekends activities with the St. Patrick's Day parade. The defense showed no rust as it held the first offensive series of the Vipers 10 plays to 1 completion for 5 yards.
QB Eric Archuletta started the first 10 play offensive series going 8 of 10 and a 40 yard touch down to dual threat athlete Jaron Jones. QB Eddy Simpson also had an impressive first series executing an efficient 7 of 10 for 47 yards. The third offensive set of 10 plays were split between Archuletta and Simpson both each completing for a touchdown a piece including a 40 yard bomb from Simpson to TE Jeff Coffey. Jones, WR Andrew Sedacy, and international rookie WR Fin Kerckhoff were the major targets of the QB's. Tailback Rodney Grant snag'd a reception for 6 yards and tailback Dondre Stance caught a pass out of the back field for an impressive scamper that included the elusive footwork and shiftiness to break for another Pit Bull touchdown.
Highlights of the 7 on 7 exhibition with the Vancouver Vipers can be seen at the link below:
Coach Cedric Walker from the Vipers- "The Pit Bulls are a well run organization with a significant amount of talent. Their size and speed is impressive and I would expect them to be extremely competitive in the PFL this year. Coach Mark is a class act with is imprint on a solid football team".
Pit Bulls Head Coach Mark Ancheta-"The seven on seven was very productive. Both quarterbacks that competed today had some good performances. There are still a lot of reads to clean up but I am very pleased with the production. The defense really stole the show today. The defense opened up just giving up 1 completion in the first defensive series. The defense produced four turn overs on the day. Two from Safety Trevor Dye and another two from Safety Deonte Shelton".
Defensive Coordinator Calvin Bell- "The seven on seven with the Vipers was a much needed element for me to see where our Secondary is at as we get closer to opening day. We looked sharp! Even with missing a few key players, I am very confident with continuity and effort they have put in. We still have a lot of work ahead of us, but at this point I couldn't be happier".
The Washington County Pit Bulls open their Season Ticket campaign on March 25, 2017. Registration opens for those interested in purchasing their season tickets. Details and incentives for early season ticket sales will be announced at the March 25th practice.
April 22 is the 2017 season opener against the Cowlitz County Cobras of Woodland, Washington. This game is themed as "Giving back to the community" game supporting local youth and high school booster clubs. "Lets pack Hare Field Stadium. Go Pit Bulls!!!" said coach Ancheta.
The Washington County Pit Bulls are looking for title sponsors for the 2017 season. All interested parties can get information at the link below: