The high-octane offense and stingy defense of the Hermiston Bulldogs is likely to pose problems for the Southridge Suns, who still are looking for their first Mid-Columbia Conference win.

The Suns (0-4), who have been shut out three times, average just 100 yards of offense per game, while allowing 384 yards. The have been outscored 165-6.

Southridge has minus-5 yards rushing this season, and has gone to two quarterbacks — Trent Slatter and Brendan Beckwith — but neither have been able to put a spark in the offense.

Hermiston, on the other hand, loves to run the ball. Senior Wyatt Noland has a league best 689 yards rushing and nine touchdowns, while versatile quarterback Andrew James has run for 282 yards and four touchdowns, while throwing for 551 yards and six TDs.

Defensively, the Bulldogs have shut out Richland and have allowed an average of 13.5 points a game.

Fans likely will see Southridge kicker Natalie James on Friday. She made her varsity debut last week after starting kicker Lance Spaniel dislocated his shoulder. The 5-foot-9, 160-pound junior has been playing on the junior varsity team all season.

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