Hyaks start slow, finish running in win over Hockinson JV

BRUSH PRAIRIE — A 3 3/4-hour bus ride to Hockinson allowed North Beach plenty of time to get into a football state of mind on Wednesday afternoon.

After a long bus ride, the Hyaks started slow, but finished running on high with 29 unanswered second-half points en route to a 52-7 victory over the Hockinson junior varsity squad in a non-league contest.

This game was scheduled less than a week ago after North Beach’s first opponent, Olympia’s JV team, cancelled out.

“We were excited to get a game on short notice,” North Beach head coach Todd Bridge said. “Unintentionally, we put the kids in an awkward position. There was the long bus ride, the game started in the sun and it turned into a bit of a playoff-like atmosphere. We were slow to start, but the kids did an awesome job of stepping into the open spots.”

Jordan Chong scored two touchdowns overall, starting the scoring with an 8-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. He capped the Hyaks’ first-half scoring with a 48-yard interception return for a score. In between the Chong scores, Carson Ketter found Saul Gonzalez with a 71-yard touchdown pass play for a 22-7 halftime score.

Cameron Keller, who ran for five two-point conversions, got his first of two touchdowns in the second half, a 2-yard and a 5-yard scoring runs. Ketter found Gabe Hernandez for a 51-yard touchdown pass play and Saul Gonzalez finished the scoring with a 67-yard punt return for a touchdown.

“Overall, our defensive coverage was outstanding,” Bridge added. “(Hockinson) threw the ball around and our defensive backs did a great job on coverage.”

Bridge cited Keller and Alex McAra for stepping in on Wednesday.

The Hyaks will get a long break before returning on Friday, Oct. 4 at home against Raymond.