(Hillsboro, OR) The Washington County Pit Bulls are getting into the groove and are priming up for next week's Pacific Football League match up against the Southern Oregon Renegades.
The defense again rose to the occasion producing record breaking numbers creating 5 turnovers and two defensive scores with DT Michael Jorgensen causing a forced fumble and DE Frankie Gomez claiming possession of the ball in the Hawks end zone. The other was a pick-six by Deonte Shelton. This is the third consecutive game the defense has scored in as many games.
Highlights of the Pit Bulls vs. Hawks can be seen at the following link: http://www.hudl.com/v/1nwikX
Four different defensive backs recorded an interception against the Hawks. This brings the total interceptions in just three games into the 2017 campaign to 12 interceptions: Tyler Dye (3), Deonte Shelton (2 INT, 2 TD) Boogie Watkins (2) leads the pack and Billy Ellington, Johnovan Lagon, Michael Richmond, James Owens, and Trevor Dye all with an interception tallied for the season.
"The defense is the face of our franchise. This is the third year in this system and we are flourishing in it. Bringing in Defensive Coordinator Calvin Bell elevated this unit to levels of production that I've never heard of with only 3 games into the season. I like what he is doing. He compliments the defensive system that we have been running and is putting his own flavor of aggressiveness that has these guys playing lights out!" said Pit Bulls Head Coach Mark Ancheta
The offense has been a work in progress the first two games but it exploded with life behind QB Eric Archuletta finishing with an efficient 8/13 and 103 yards performance that led the unit with scoring drives of 49, 29, 31, and 46 yards resulting in 3 TD passes: Trevor Dye collecting two touchdowns from 16 yards and 36 yards; WR Andrew Sedacy collecting a 19 yard touchdown. TB Rodney Grant tallied a 5 yard rushing TD.
Coach Ancheta speaking on the production of the offense: "We have grown a lot tonight. We still have some execution and some tech to clean up, but we are moving in a positive direction. The players are starting to see the gears turn and watch this machine and all of its moving parts come together. I like what what we did, but we are not where we want to be execution wise. Its a new system on the offense. There are some reads that we have to clean up and better decision making processes to expedite. It all comes with game experience. And we have grown every game this season. I'm very proud of the direction we are going".
The Washington County Pit Bulls host the Southern Oregon Renegades this weekend 5/27/17 at Hare Field. Kick off is at 6pm. This will be a "Family and Friends" theme event for the game. Admission Gates will open a little early at 4 pm this weekend. "We want to invite all of our players family, friends, fans and invite them to our house and get an opportunity to take part in photo opportunities with players and give back to the families that support athletes that are on the team. There is a lot of sacrifice in playing minor league football- time away from families for practices, meetings, work outs. Its our way of giving recognition to the sacrifice. Doing a quick family photo shoot at the 50 yard line that they can cherish and tie in the value of the support from our families, friends, and fans..." said Coach Ancheta. All are welcome to join and get a picture with their favorite player! After that enjoy the excitement of live competitive football in May! Lets pack Hare Field!!! Go Pit Bulls!!!