HERMISTON – The Hermiston Bulldogs wasted no time in announcing their presence in the Mid-Columbia Conference.
Wyatt Noland ran for four touchdowns and 255 yards, and Cash Campbell had four quarterback sacks as Hermiston pounced on Pasco 45-0 on Friday night at Kennison Field.
“We wanted to come out with a bang coming off a state championship,” Noland said. “We wanted to show we still had it.”
While the scoreboard looked mighty pretty, Hermiston (1-0) coach David Faaeteete said there still is much work to do.
“From a winning standpoint, it’s good to get a win and get off on the right foot in the WIAA,” he said. “We played in spurts, not like I wanted. But those are all things that can be fixed.”
Hermiston has a week to sharpen its game. It plays at defending Class 4A state champion Richland next Friday.
Noland, who took last season off, showed no rust in the first half, scoring twice as Hermiston stormed out to a 21-0 lead at the half. One of his touchdowns was an 80-yard run right up the middle of the field.
“I couldn’t have done it without my line,” Noland said. “Without them, I would have gotten stuffed in a hole.”
Noland added scoring runs of 24 and 1 yards in the second half.
“It’s good to see him playing football again,” Faaeteete said. “He is a good leader physically and emotionally.”
Hermiston quarterback Andrew James threw for just 27 yards, but he ran for 91 and a 1-yard TD before taking a seat mid-way through the third.
“The first game, you have to get the jitters out,” James said. “We had no clue about Pasco. They have a new coach and we hadn’t played them before. The young guys came out and shut the lights out.”
Pasco, failing to move into Hermiston territory in the first quarter, put together a couple of the good drives in the second, but could never finish.
Pasco finished with 15 yards rushing and 202 passing, but spent most of the game on their own half of the field.
“We are looking forward to being in a new conference,” Campbell said. “This is a little accomplishment. We are looking for a state championship. We have to put in the hard work first.”
Hermiston also got a 10-yard touchdown run by Daniel Faaeteete, and a 22-yard field goal and six PATS from Juan Carlos Navarrete.
“It was a successful group effort,” coach Faaeteete said. “Our community was awesome. We will enjoy this week. The measure of a good team is how they improve from week one to two.”
Pasco 0 0 0 0 — 0
Hermiston 14 7 10 14 — 45
H - Wyatt Noland 80 yard rush (Juan Navarette PAT)
H - Andrew James 1 yard rush (Navarette PAT)
H - Wyatt Noland 3 yard rush (Navarette PAT)
H - Wyatt Noland 1 yard rush (Navarette PAT)
H – FG 22 Navarrete
H - Wyatt Noland 24 yard rush (Navarette PAT)
H - Daniel Faaeteete 10 yard rush (Navarette PAT)
Passing – H, Andrew James 3-6-1-27, Sam Schwirse 2-3-0-30. P, Emilio Davila 17-35-2-174, Armani Reyes 2-7-0-28.
Rushing – H, Andrew James 14-91, Wyatt Noland 28-255, Daniel Faaeteete 10-64, Sam Schwirse 1- (minus-5), Cash Campbell 1-1. P, Emilio Davila 4-(minus-23), Tyson Nation 4-18, Armani Reyes 1-7, Noah Gonzalez 6-5.
Receiving – H, Youbani Razon 1-4, Garrett Walchli 1-4, Wagner 3-39. P, Kael Stueckle 7-67, Nicolas Garcia 4-20, Riley Brown 4-67, Traeton Mitchell 2-20, Brandon Scott 2-17, Avery Burrow 3-9, Tyson Nation 1-2.