The Hermiston Bulldogs will wrap up their football season Friday, hosting Central Valley in a Mid-Columbia Conference-Greater Spokane League crossover game at Kennison Field.
The Bulldogs (6-3) have a powerful offense led by running back Wyatt Noland (1,451 yards, 21 touchdowns) and quarterback Andrew James, who has thrown for 1,273 yards and 14 touchdowns, and ran for 641 and 11 touchdowns.
But as strong as their offense has been, the Bulldogs have struggled defensively as the late. They are allowing 303 yards per game. Last week in a loss to Kamiakin, they gave up 275 yards and four touchdowns to Braves running back Tuna Altahir.
The Bears (5-4), who finished third at the 4A state level last year finished 2-3 in GSL play this fall.
CV is led by 6-foot-5, 220-pound quarterback Matt Gabbert, who threw for 227 yards against Lewis and Clark and 175 against Mt. Spokane.
Hunter Chodorowski has been a threat out of the backfield. He ran for 175 and three touchdowns against Mt. Spokane, and for 137 yards against Ferris. Zack Jongeward also has been a threat, rolling up 197 yards against Lewis and Clark, and 116 against Ferris.
Hermiston, finishing its first season in the Mid-Columbia Conference, had many highlights, including a win over defending 4A state champion Richland. The Bulldogs beat four of the five 4A schools on their schedule, but losses to fellow 3A schools Kennewick and Kamiakin kept them out of the playoffs.
Noland was the MCC’s leading rusher and led the league in scoring with 140 points - 54 points better than Hanford’s Jared Devine.
Jordan Ramirez was the league’s leading receiver with 37 catches for 491 yards.
As a team, Hermiston had the second-best offense with an average of 394.9 yards per game.