Despite two tremendous wins so far this season — the season opener against La Grande (38-12) and a league debut against Hood River Valley (46-0) — the Pendleton Bucks are keeping a level head.
They’ll travel to Portland to face the Putnam Kingsmen on Friday, who have a 0-2 record, while Pendleton’s is 2-0.
“We played Putnam during the past two years,” said Pendleton head coach Erik Davis. “Two years ago, we got beat pretty handily. They play disciplined football. But last year, they came up here and we took care of business.”
The Bucks excelled in all phases on the field last Friday night — quarterback Trent Sorey threw for 217 yards and two touchdowns and the defense prevented Hood River Valley from scoring even once.
The team has spent the past week refining what they did well against Hood River. Coach Davis has noticed his team has been slow to start during this season’s first two games. He hopes to come out of the gate swinging on Friday.
“We’re not adding anything new,” Davis said. “We’re familiar with how Putnam coaches and how they work offensively.”
The Bucks’ goal this week is simple: Continue a winning streak.
“Our goal is 3-0,” Davis said. “It doesn’t matter what the score is, a win is a win, and every one of them is a confidence booster. Confidence helps with performance and speed. This team has lofty goals, but they also understand our immediate goals. It just comes down to coming out 3-0.”
In other leagues:
Irrigon at Liberty, Spangle (WA): The Irrigon Knights currently have a 2-0 record after wins against Stanfield and Weston-McEwen.
Baker at Mac-Hi: After losses against Madras and Tillamook, the Mac-Hi Pioneers hosts 1-1 Baker on Friday. This is the Pioneers’ first league game of the season.
Pilot Rock/Nixyaawii at Ione: Ione has lost both its games so far this season, against Powder Valley and Enterprise. Pilot Rock is currently undefeated with a 2-0 record after defeating Enterprise and last week’s shutout against Sherman.
Arlington/Condon at Sherman: Sherman is 0-2 for the season so far, while Arlington/Condon is 0-1 after a 56-0 loss at Dufur last week.