The Hermiston Bulldogs football team routed The Dalles Eagle Indians 51-0 Friday night at The Dalles.

Junior quarterback Chase Knutz completed 21-of-28 pass attempts for 311 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw two interceptions.

Head coach Mark Hodges thought his quarterback was effective at times.

“Chase threw some nice balls and did a good job of controlling the offense,” Hodges said. “He made a couple poor decisions that resulted in the interceptions, but he’s working on that.”

Hodges said the Eagle Indians were physical up front and really challenged his offensive line.

“Even though the score doesn’t indicate it, I thought their defensive line really caused problems for us offensively,” Hodges said.

“We need to work on being more physical along the line of scrimmage.”

In his first full game back from injury, leading rusher Trenton Anteau ran for 83 yards on 14 carries and three touchdowns.

“He ran the ball well,” Hodges said. “It was just great to get him back out onto the field.”

Cole Smith and Ramon Contreras paced the receiving core as Smith caught eight balls for 131 yards and a touchdown, while Contreras hauled in seven passes for 77 yards and a touchdown of his own.

“It was a solid team effort all around,” Hodges said. “We are starting to click offensively. I really liked the consistency in which we played throughout the entire game.”

The Bulldogs travel to Eugene to take on the Springfield Millers Friday night. The Millers have a record of 4-2 and are coming off a loss to the Ashland Grizzlies.

Hodges thinks the game will be a great test for his ball club.

“Stopping their quarterback is going to be key,” Hodges said.

“He’s got a strong arm and is extremely quick. Our main focus will be containing him and eliminating the long runs.”

Hodges stressed the importance of physicality when going up against a spread offense.

“Spread offenses are about timing and rhythm,” Hodges said. “In order to disrupt that rhythm we must be the more physical football team Friday night.”

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