If there was one name heard the most over the speakers through Pendleton’s home game against the Hood River Eagles on Friday night, it was Trent Sorey.
The quarterback played a key role in the Bucks’ 46-0 win against the Eagles, throwing for 217 yards and passing for two touchdowns.
But even as his offense racked up the points, he passed the credit to the other side of the ball.
“Defense is our biggest thing. They can really work,” Sorey said. “I could see a streak happening.”
His first attempt at scoring came late in the first quarter, when he made an incomplete pass to wide receiver Blake Davis in the end zone. With one minute left in the quarter, Ian Bannister took the ball 14 yards to the 10-yard line and then carried it eight more yards on the next play, setting it up for fellow wide receiver Mathias Patrick to score the first touchdown of the night. But the Bucks weren’t about to let go of the first quarter that easy — with just five seconds left on the clock, tight end Willie Camp intercepted a pass to Eagles quarterback Ryan Gray and scored a rushing touchdown, putting Pendleton ahead 12-0.
The Bucks put two more touchdowns on the scoreboard to close the first half — one thanks to a carry from running back Aiden Patterson, and another to a successful pass from Sorey to Camp. A two-point conversion from running back Kirk Liscom gave Pendleton a 26-0 halftime lead.
The touchdowns didn’t slow down in the second half. A pass from Sorey to wide receiver Cam Sanford, a 38-yard carry from Patterson, and a point after from kicker Hunter Blake put Pendleton ahead 39-0.
The lead was so massive that the Bucks even traded out Sorey for Cooper Roberts in the third quarter in order to give other players some time on the field.
“Trent’s our guy,” said Pendleton head coach Erik Davis. “But when you go up 39 points, you have the chance to give the other guys reps. Cooper throws the ball really well — you’ll see a lot of him this season.”
The Bucks, powered by the second unit, extended their lead in the fourth quarter. Just seven seconds in, a pass from Roberts to Camp and another extra point from Blake put the icing on Pendleton’s win.
Despite the shutout, Davis still sees plenty of room for improvement moving forward into their game next week against Putnam.
“Our goal coming in was to come out 2-0,” Davis said. “When you end the game in a shutout, something’s right. But I’m a perfectionist — I thought we played OK.”