Was that good enough?
That was the question Hermiston coach David Faaeteete asked his team Friday night after beating Eisenhower 61-42 in a nonleague tilt at Kennison Field.
“The defense was disappointing,” said Faaeteete, whose team gave up more points than it had all year.
“We took a step back. We have to get better. We weren’t making tackles and the D-Line was getting blown off the ball.”
Hermiston’s offense was in fine working order Friday night.
Wyatt Noland ran for a career high 303 yards and four touchdowns.
“He was a workhorse,” Faaeteete said.
Noland picked up a big chunk of his yards on touchdown runs of 58 and 65 yards in the second half.
Hermiston led 14-7 after the first quarter, then pulled away in the second, needing less than 2 minutes on each of its scoring drives.
The Bulldogs took a 41-21 lead into halftime, scoring on six of their eight possessions.
The highlight of the first half for the Bulldogs was a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Jordan Ramirez in the second quarter.
“I was dead after that,” Ramirez said. “I couldn’t feel my legs. I saw a hole open up and I ran through it. I looked back and there was nothing (penalty flags). It was beautiful.”
Noland ran for first-half touchdowns of 34 and 3 yards, while Andrew James had scoring runs of 19 and 34 yards. James finished with 117 yards on the ground.
Youbani Razon also caught a 20-yard scoring pass from James.
Eisenhower tried to climb back in the game late, and had the ball inside the Hermiston 10-yard line in the final seconds, but could not convert on fourth down.
The Cadets got 173 yards and two touchdown from Damian Pacheco, while Drew Reyes caught touchdown passes of 37 and 22 yards from Drew Kornegay. Kornegay threw for 336 yards and three touchdowns.
Hermiston (5-2 overall, 4-2 MCC) will return to Mid-Columbia Conference play next week, taking on Hanford at Fran Rish Stadium.
Eisenhower 7 14 7 14 -42
Hermiston 14 27 7 13 -61
H - Andrew James 19 run (Juan Carlos Navarrete kick)
H - Wyatt Noland 34 run (Navarrete kick)
E - Damian Pacheco 1 run (Thomas Oplinger kick)
H - Youbani Razon 20 pass from James (Navarrete kick)
H - James 34 run (Navarrete kick)
H - Noland 3 run (pass failed)
E - Drew Reyes 37 pass from Drew Kornegay (Oplinger kick)
H - Jordan Ramirez 90 kickoff return (Navarrete kick)
E - Jesse Magallon 8 pass from Kornegay (Oplinger kick)
H - Noland 58 run (Navarrete kick)
E - Pacheco 1 run (Oplinger kick)
E - Reyes 22 pass from Kornegay (Oplinger kick)
H - James 1 run (pass failed)
E - Demario Morgan 2 run (Oplinger kick)
H - Noland 65 run (Navarrete kick)
Passing – HHS, Andrew James 9-10-0-79-1; EHS Drew Kornegay 22-39-1-336.
Rushing – HHS, Andrew James 10-117, Wyatt Noland 20-303, Trevor Wagner 1-2; EHS Damian Pacheco 35-173, Demario Morgan 6-13, Drew Kornegay 8-34, Drew Reyes 1-3.
Receiving – HHS, Youbani Razon 2-20, Garrett Walchli 2-24, Jordan Ramirez 4-28, Wyatt Noland 1-7; EHS Demario Mogan 1-7, Drew Reyes 9-185, Malachi Spurrier 3-29, Jesse Magallon 5-79, Will Yocum 4-36