Bulldogs pile it on Warriors at home
WILLAMINA — Homecoming game is important. For senior running back Tyson Jahn, it was just business as usual.
While the homecoming court brought fancy attire and nice cars, Jahn brought his A-game in the Bulldogs’ 30-6 win Friday vs. Amity.
Last week, Willamina (4-1, 2-0) focused primarily on the passing game when quarterback Trevor Hunt threw for a league-leading 301 yards and four touchdowns. Against the Warriors, Hunt threw the ball 11 times for 31yards.
“We decided on a different approach this week,” Willamina coach Tim France said. “We came out and wanted to establish a good run, and we did.”
The Bulldogs got so content with the run, they handed the ball to Jahn 28 times, and he ran for 245 yards and scored four touchdowns. The Willamina offense ran for 360 yards and ended the night with 391 yards of offense.
The Bulldogs did struggle to get into an offensive rhythm early.
“We struggled a bit on that first possession,” France said. “The two balls that we overthrew on third and fourth down, we should have made those, but we recovered.”
There was nothing for the Bulldogs to fear. On the first play of Amity’s drive, quarterback Tanner Schmidt fumbled the ball, and Willamina defensive end Shad Wagler pounced on the loose ball at the Amity 14.
After a false start penalty, Jahn took two rushes to the 8 yard line and scored one play later. With Trevor Hunt’s two-point conversion, the Bulldogs led 8-0 with 5:48 remaining in the first quarter.
“The offensive line really created nice holes for me to run tonight,” Jahn said. “Our linemen just block really hard on every play.”
On the Warriors next possession, Amity coach Matt Arnold decided to go for it on fourth-and-1. The Bulldog defense did exactly what it would continue to do all night and stopped the run. The defense quickly jumped on the run play by Kyle Nelson and got him for a loss of five to give Willamina the ball back.
By the end of the first quarter, Hunt was 0-for-3 passing. So, he decided to change it up and run. On his first attempt he only gained three. After three rushes by Jahn, Hunt finally found a hole in the defense and ran for 19 yards for first-and-goal at the Amity 6.
Two plays later, Jahn found the end zone for his second score of the night and after running in the two-point conversion, the Bulldogs led 16-0.
Hunt threw a mid-field interception to Amity defensive back Brett Hilt in the second quarter, but two plays later, Schmidt fumbled the exchange and gave the ball back to Willamina.
“Our guys had good awareness of the ball tonight,” France said. “I was proud of our guys.”
Tyson Jahn ended the first half just like he started it, in the end zone for his third touchdown of the game, giving Willamina the 24-0 halftime lead.
Jahn wasn’t done. He broke out a 40-yard touchdown run with 7:01 remaining in the third quarter to seal the win.
Amity scored late in the fourth quarter. Hilt blocked a Bulldog field goal attempt and returned it 75 yards for a touchdown with five minutes left in the game.
The Bulldogs then ran out the clock to end the game.
Said Jahn of his big day:
“I just praise God for the ability he has given me and I couldn’t have done this without my teammates.”
Notes: Amity rushed for 58 yards and passed for five. ... Isaiah Irving rushed for 21 yards.