OYEHUT — North Beach’s homecoming victory over Willapa Valley on Friday night was a perfect example of how a football game can be won in the trenches.
North Beach’s big, powerful offensive line cleared the way for its bruising running game, and propelled the Hyaks to a 46-6 victory over the Vikings at Lt. Jim Davis Field in Oyehut. In a game that featured only four completed passes between the teams, North Beach controlled the ball by rushing for 353 yards as a team and forcing four Valley turnovers.
“We have the biggest offensive line in the league,” North Beach head coach Todd Bridge said. “Those kids have been working really hard in the weight room. So we feel like we have the advantage against just about anybody when we run the ball.”
Pedro Gonzalez led the Hyaks (2-1 in league, 5-1 overall) on the ground with 158 yards on 17 carries. The senior scored both of his touchdowns in the first quarter, the first from 14 yards out and the second from 85. Gonzalez also rushed in for four two-point conversions.
“Pedro is an all-American kid. He’s tough, he works hard, he never takes a practice off and he never takes a snap off,” Bridge said. “And he’s a leader. If we want to sub somebody in, he’ll coach that kid up. It’s like having another coach on the field. I can’t say enough about Pedro Gonzalez. He’s a wonderful young man.”
Near the end of the first quarter, Seth Flemetis cut the Hyaks’ lead to 16-6 when he capped off a 12-play, 63-yard Valley (2-1, 3-3) drive with a 1-yard run for the Vikings’ only score of the game. Flemetis gained 61 yards from scrimmage on the drive.
It did not take North Beach very long to respond to Valley’s touchdown. A 43-yard run by Jordan Chong set up a 9-yard touchdown scamper by Saul Gonzalez with 7:16 left in the second quarter. Pedro Gonzalez converted the 2-point try and put the Hyaks up 24-6.
Jordan Chong played an effective second fiddle to Pedro Gonzalez in the rushing game for the Hyaks. Chong demonstrated explosiveness on the edge and racked up 90 yards on his 11 carries.
On the second play from scrimmage of the ensuing Valley possession, Gabe Hernandez intercepted a Matt Konigsberger pass and returned it 46 yards into the end zone. Konigsberger was also intercepted by Justin Chong in the third quarter.
North Beach quarterback, Carson Ketter played a role in both of the Hyaks’ second- half touchdowns. The senior scored on a 13-yard run in the third quarter, and threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Justin Chong in the fourth quarter.
North Beach will travel to South Bend on Friday to take on the Indians. Valley has a bye this week, but will be back in action on October 25 when it hosts South Bend.
Willapa Valley 6 0 0 0 - 6
North Beach 16 16 6 8 - 46
WV – NB
Passing Yards 12 - 11
Rushing Yards 101 - 353
Total Yards 113 - 364
First Downs 4 - 13
Fumbles Lost 2 - 0
Had Intercepted 2 - 0
Passing 2/7 – 2/4
Penalty Yards 72 - 15