Bulldogs look to get back on track

Hermiston's first-team defense kept backup quarterback Jarrod Munsterman (black jersey) on the ropes during the Bulldogs' scrimmage Friday night at Kennison Field. Munsterman will serve as one of Rude's backups this season.

With Hermiston looking to right the ship after Friday’s 34-14 disappointment at Lewiston, there might not be a better team to do it against than Moses Lake (Wash.).

The Dawgs play host to the Chiefs, of the Class 4A Columbia Basin Big Nine Conference, this Friday at Kennison Field with hopes of finding their groove offensively with sophomore quarterback Jerod Munsterman.

Senior signal-caller Tim Rude is out for an undetermined amount of time due to illness, and Munsterman found out he would start the Lewiston game the day before. But this go-round  a full week of preparation, and a Chiefs defense that’s less than stellar, should help the young quarterback become comfortable.

Moses Lake is coming off a 14-0 loss to Wenatchee last Friday after struggling on both sides of the football.

The Chiefs gave up 248 yards on the ground, 151 of them to Wentachee’s Nolan Johnston, and were picked off four times through the air. Moses Lake quarterback Justin Simmons tossed all of the INTs, and ended the game 6 of 15 passing for 101 yards.

Through the season, the Chiefs’ run-stopping prowess has been absent, giving up 246 yards per game, including the Wenatchee contest. 

On the bright side for the Chiefs, the 14 points they gave up to Wenatchee was the least amount of points they have surrendered all year. 



They were shut out by Coeur d’Alene (Idaho) in their season-opener, 31-0, and lost to Kamiakin (Wash.) 34-6 the next week.

Yakima’s Davis High School, which Hermiston will meet in the final week of the season, rung up 51 points against the Chiefs, beating them 51-21 two weeks ago.

Offensively, Moses Lake has only scored 27 points this season, the least in the league, and averages just 181.8 total offensive yards per game, which is also last in the conference.

For the Chiefs, Kyler Moates led the way on the ground against Wenatchee with 61 rushing yards on 13 carries. Simmons also packed the ball 13 times, but for 57 yards.

Moates is the Chiefs’ leading rusher this season, gaining 156 yards on 43 carries. Bryce Perez is right behind him with 136 yards on 33 carries. Moates is 12th in the CBBN in total offensive with 304 yards.

On defense, Moses Lake gives up over 400 yards per game and their opponents average over eight yards per play.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday at Kennison Field, with a live broadcast on AM 1360 KOHU and www.gohermiston.com, beginning with the Bi-Mart Bulldog Tailgate Show at 5:30 p.m.

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