Posted Thursday, September 16, 2015
HERMISTON - The Hanford Falcons out of Washington defeated the Hermiston Bulldogs 41-20 in the Dawgs home football opener on Friday September 4, 2015. It was a cool evening with a temperature of 64 degees and a light drizzle.
Hermiston scored first in the first quarter to take a 7-0 lead. Hanford then scored at 7:42 of the first. They missed the PAT cutting the Dawgs lead to 7-6. Hermiston wasn't able to move the ball and punted to the Falcons on fourth down. On second and 10 the Falcons scored on a 43 yard run and made the PAT to take the 13-7 lead.
Hermiston's next scoring drive started with 3:44 to go in the first quarter. Eight plays later Hermiston's Omar Garcia scored on a four yard run. The PAT was missed leaving the teams tied 13-13 with 1:31 to go in the first quarter.
The Falcons scored next with 7:11 to go in the second quarter when the ball was snapped over the head of the Hermiston punter and was recovered for a touchdown. The PAT was good giving Hanford the 20-13 lead.
Hanford's next scoring drive took four plays and ended with a pass to the right corner of the endzone. The PAT was good stretching the Falcons' lead to 27-13 with 1:03 to go in the first half.
Neither team scored in the third quarter but Hanford began their eight play scoring drive with 1:28 to go in the third quarter. The Falcons ran to the left from the 10 yard line to score with 10:28 to go in the game. The PAT was good giving Hanford the 34-13 lead.
Hanford's next scoring drive began when Hermiston turned it over to them on downs with 6:26 to go in the game. Even though the Falcon's recovered their own fumble early in the drive they ended up hitting a 22 yard pass for a touchdown. The PAT was good giving the Falcons' the 41-13 lead with 4:48 to go in the game.
Hermiston put together a four minute drive that fizzled on the Falcons' 13 yard line when the pass fell incomplete with 35 seconds to play. Hermiston then recovered a Hanford fumble moments later with only 28 seconds on the clock. The Dawgs then scored on a pass from Nathan Hunsaker to Robert Coleman with 19 seconds to play. The PAT was good cutting Hanford's lead to 41-20. A series of penalties had Hermiston kicking off from Hanford's own 30 yard line. One Falcon commented to whoever was listening that he'd never seen anything like this before. After the kickoff the Falcons' quarterback took a knee to run out the clock. Hanford won the game 41-20.
Photos by Terry Aichele