Jensen Ladiges scored two touchdowns and Miles Moffat ran back a punt for another score to help lead White Salmon's Black Knights to their first victory of the 2003 Gorge Youth Football League season.
The Black Knights (1-2) jumped out to a big lead en route to their 22-8 win over The Dalles Whitecaps last Saturday at Stevenson High School.
Ladiges rushed for a 12-yard touchdown and a two-point conversion in the opening quarter to stake White Salmon to an early lead.
Ben Ward, who also had a big day running the ball, set up Ladiges' first TD with a 70-yard run from scrimmage.
Near the end of the second quarter, Neal LaGrander came up big defensively for the Black Knights, intercepting a pass in White Salmon territory to disarm a Whitecaps surge.
White Salmon cashed in on the turnover in a big way as Ladiges went 65 yards on the ensuing play for his second TD as the buzzer sounded to end the first half. His run for conversion gave the Black Knights a comfortable 16-0 cushion at halftime.
In the third quarter, White Salmon dominated The Dalles on both sides of the ball.
"Our blocking was superb," noted White Salmon coach Bill Ward. "Our defensive line shut them down in the middle, and our linebackers and defensive ends wouldn't let them get outside."
Fourth-grader Tyler Garwood helped lead the Black Knights' defensive stand, making several tackles, Ward said.
But it was the play of the Black Knights' offensive line that enabled White Salmon to control the ball and the clock. In the third quarter alone, Ward rushed for more than 100 yards.
Still, neither team scored during the eight-minute period.
The drought ended in the fourth quarter as Moffat returned a The Dalles punt 41 yards for a 22-0 White Salmon lead.
Late in the game, the Whitecaps struck for their only score on a pass play that covered 50 yards. The run for conversion was good.
Hood River Blue Meanies 32, White Salmon Big Red 0 --
The Blue Meanies rang up their 32 points in the first three quarters of Saturday's game in Stevenson.
Hood River led 8-0 after one quarter and 16-0 at halftime. All four of its touchdowns covered 10 yards or more.
The Big Red (0-3) couldn't get anything going offensively to counter the attack of the Blue Meanies. Coach Bill Ward said fullback Cody Williams ran hard, but couldn't break loose.
White Salmon's longest gain from scrimmage -- a pass from Ty Plummer to Dylan Rabinowitz -- netted 40 yards.
Next up --
Both White Salmon teams will have the home-field advantage when YFL action resumes this Saturday.
The Black Knights host The Dalles Black in the first game of a YFL double-header at CHS Stadium. Kickoff is set for 10 a.m.
At 11:30, the Big Red take on visiting Stevenson.