Eagle/Loggers roll over Blue Jays 58-28

Mitchell/Spray jumps out to a 28-0 first quarter lead, then coast to easy win

by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Brett Domenighini runs for one of his five touchdowns in the Eagle Loggers victory over the Portland Lutheran Blue Jays last Saturday. Domenighini rushed for  more than 200 yards in the win.

The Mitchell/Spray football team rolled to an impressive victory last Saturday in their opening game of the season.
   The Eagle/Loggers jumped out to a 28-0 first quarter lead, then coasted to a 58-28 win over the Portland Lutheran Blue Jays in the game which was played in Mitchell.
   “It established some confidence early with our kids,” said co-head coach Tim Foster. “We have so many kids who went through a tough season last year, or have never played football before.”
   Portland Lutheran attempted an onside kick to start the game. However, the risk backfired as Mitchell/Spray’s Willy Helms recovered the ball on the 48 yard line.
   Two plays later, Eagle/Logger quarterback Dylon Tankersly rolled to his right and hit Trent Nicol with a perfect strike. Nicol raced 50 yards down the sideline and less than a minute into the game Mitchell/Spray had the lead. Tankersly passed to Tino Espinoza for the two-point conversion and the Eagle/Loggers led 8-0.
   On the ensuing possession, the Blue Jays drove all the way to the Eagle/Logger 27 before a penalty and a fumble slowed their progress. On fourth and 10 Jonathan Parrish was dropped for a three-yard loss, and the Eagle/Loggers took possession of the ball on their own 30-yard line.
   Ten seconds later, the Eagle/Loggers were in the end zone again as Brett Domenighini swept around right end and raced 70 yards for the score. The extra point attempt failed, and Mitchell/Spray led 14-0.
   Portland Lutheran recovered Mitchell/Spray’s onside kick attempt on their own 46 yard line. However, on fourth and seven they faked a punt. Mitchell/Spray wasn’t fooled and the Eagle/Loggers took over on downs on their own 49.
   Two plays later Tankersly scampered 48 yards on a quarterback keeper. Once again Espinoza caught the two-point conversion and the Eagle/Loggers led 22-0 with 3:47 remaining in the first quarter.
   On their next possession, the Blue Jays gambled again and came up short, turning the ball over on downs on their own 47 yard line.
   Four plays later, Domenighini caught a screen pass from Tankersly and raced 42 yards for the Eagle/Loggers fourth touchdown of the period. The two- point conversion attempt failed and the Eagle/Loggers held a 28-0 lead as time expired to end the first period.
   Following the touchdown, Portland Lutheran called a time out while head coach Kurt Bergdolt attempted to rally his squad.
   “Do you want to quit? Hey do you want to quit already,” he shouted at his team. “Play like you want to win.”
   When Portland Lutheran muffed the ensuing kickoff Mitchell/Spray recovered on the 36-yard line. However, the Eagle/Loggers fumbled two plays later, and the Blue Jays recovered the ball on the 42-yard line. After gaining a pair of first downs, Portland Lutheran fumbled the next three plays, with Mitchell/Spray finally recovering the third fumble on their own 33-yard line.
   Five plays later, Domenighini scored from 10 yards out and the Eagle/Loggers led 36-0.
   Mitchell/Spray substituted freely in the second half, while Portland Lutheran continued to play their starters. The Blue Jays came back to score one touchdown in the third quarter, and three in the fourth as the Eagle/Loggers coasted to the easy win.
   Domenighini finished with more than 200 yards rushing and five touchdowns.
   “It felt really good,” Domenighini said. “We played really well in the beginning. We came out intense and the line blocked and left open gaps for the running backs.”
   Tobias Lindquist added 100 yards rushing for the Eagle/Loggers while Tankersly passed for 175 yards and two touchdowns.
   The Eagle/Loggers finished with nearly 600 yards of total offense despite having just eight first downs in the game.
   After gaining less than 100 yards in the first half the Blue Jays rebounded to gain 250 yards in the second half while piling up 16 first downs in the contest.
   “I wasn’t sure that our line would be able to come together,” Foster said. “That was the big question mark coming into today was ‘can we block a little bit.’ I think we answered a lot of questions today. Some of these guys haven’t played for the last couple of years and I’m really glad that they came out again and are having some success.”
   Mitchell/Spray is back in action today when they open High Desert League play with a 3 p.m. contest against Jordan Valley (2-0) in Spray.
   Mitchell/Spray 58, Portland Lutheran 28
   Saturday, Sept. 15
   at Mitchell
   Portland Lutheran 0 0 6 22 — 28
   Mitchell/Spray 28 8 6 16 — 58