- Written by Kirk Mays
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- Published on November 28, 2012
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North Bend picked off Ontario 6 times enroute to a 29-8 victory in the 4A semifinals on Saturday afternoon at Hillsboro. The Bulldogs will be playing in their first ever football championship game in school history.
The North Bend Bulldogs defense took it to the Ontario Tigers Saturday afternoon, in a turnover nightmare for the Tigers.
The Bulldogs offense got things going in the 1st quarter, scoring on pass plays of 31 yards from QB Hamilton Mateski to WR Drew Matthews,(as seen below) and 21 yards from Mateski to RB Layton Duryee. The Bulldog defense completely shutdown the Tigers offense, with 2 interceptions and a 4th down stop to frustrate the Tiger offensive attack. Bulldogs up 14-0 at the end of the 1st quarter.
In the 2nd quarter, the Tigers' defense buckled down and held the Bulldogs, as the Tigers finally put some points on the scoreboard, despite another interception by North Bend, when QB Trampis Waite hit WR Joe Delgado on a 30 yard touchdown pass with 1:04 left in the half. North Bend came back and blocked the extra point attempt, though, as the Bulldogs led 14-6 going into halftime.
In the 3rd quarter, the Ontario Tigers got the ball first and drove the ball downfield with a balanced attack, getting to the North Bend 28, when the Bulldogs intercepted a Waite pass at the North Bend 1 yard line, and Bulldog DB Drew Matthews returned it 76 yards. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, there was an illegal block penalty on the interception return which brought the ball back to the North Bend 16 yard line. North Bend then drove the ball to their own 28 yard line, when the Tigers intercepted a Mateski pass at the North Bend 45 yard line. Ontario then drove the ball on a couple Trampis Waite passes and solid rushing by Jake Lande, before missing a field goal attempt of 38 yards wide left. The Bulldogs then drove the ball to their own 42 yard line, as the Tiger defense stiffened and forced a Bulldog punt of 50 yards to the Ontario 8 yard line. Ontario then got another short drive going, with some good short rushes and a couple of good passes form QB Trampis Waite to Jason Haueter and Max Maeda to move the ball to the North Bend 46 yard line before the Bulldog defense stiffened and forced a punt.
With just over 10 minutes left in the 4th quarter, North Bend takes over at their own 13 yard line. The Ontario defense gets new life and after 2 plays, forces a safety on the Bulldogs. Tigers close to within 6 points, 14-6, with 10:14 to go.
After the free kick, Ontario takes over on their own 23 yard line. After a couple short passes and then a penalty, Ontario's Waite is picked off yet again at the North Bend 40 yard line. North Bend then has 3 short runs and an incomplete pass before Bulldog QB mateski hits Cameron Lucero on a long touchdown pass of 42 yards. Two point conversion is good, and the Bulldogs go up 22-8 with 7:11 left in the game.
On the first play after the North Bend kickoff, Tiger QB Trampis Waite is intercepted for the 5th time at the Ontario 34 yard line, by North Bend's Zach Hawk. North Bend then moves the ball downfield on a couple short runs by Mason Laird before Mateski hits Drew Matthews for 23 yards to the Ontarion 5 yard line. Mateski then hits Laird for a 6 yard touchdown pass to put this game out of reach, 29-6 after the successful extra point.
After the kickoff, Ontario makes a valiant attempt to get back in the game, but is stopped on downs on the North Bend 28 yard line. Ontario's defense tightens up and forces a 3 and out by the Bulldogs, as North Bend punts 49 yards to the Ontario 22. 2 minutes left, and Ontario doesn't have a whole lot of options left. After a run of 15 yards by Jake Lande,
QB Waite launches a deep pass, and is intercepted for the 6th time at the Bulldog 8 yard line by Cameron Lucero. With 24 seconds left, the Bulldogs take the victory formation and run the clock out.
Final score, North Bend 29 - Ontario 8
#3 North Bend faces #4 Baker in the 4A championship game at Hillsboro Stadium at 1:00pm on 12/1/12.
Pictures by Kirk Mays