By The Hermiston Herald

PRINEVILLE — Crook County was the latest victim on the Hermiston Bulldogs march this football season.

West Linn may be next.

Senior halfback Tom Plucinak scored Hermiston’s first 14 points and the Bulldogs rolled to a 35-7 Intermountain Conference victory Friday over the Cowboys.

“We’ll take it, that’s for sure,” Hermiston coach Jerry Williams said. “We were happy with it. We are real pleased to be in this position.”

That position is a 6-0 record and votes in last week’s Associated Press Class 4A state football poll. This week’s poll was released after the Herald’s deadline.

This week’s opponent, West Linn, brings a 4-2 record, but Williams believes the Lions are better than that. Lakeridge handed West Linn a 28-0 loss Thursday.

“People look at comparative scores, ? (but) that doesn’t mean anything,” Williams said. “West Linn is a big, physical team. They’ve shown they can play well.”

Williams expected Crook County to be able to run the ball better, the he said Hermiston’s defensive line stepped up.

“Our defensive and offensive lines have been key to success,” Williams said. “Week by week, we have done some improvement. We have guys stepping up.”

Plucinak had a 3-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, and he added a 6-yarder in the second quarter. He also ran in the two-point conversion for a 14-0 lead that stood at halftime.

Senior Allen Ayers had a 23-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, and senior Jared Zabransky added a 19-yard touchdown run in the fourth.

Junior linebacker Tyson Banker picked off a Crook County pass later in the fourth quarter and returned it 50 yards for Hermiston’s final touchdown.

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