To find out the difference a year made in Washougal only took 2 minutes, 17 seconds.
That’s how much time came off the clock before the Panthers scored the first of five touchdowns to defeat Hudson’s Bay 41-9 Friday, at Fishback Stadium.
“I think the fans had a lot of fun Friday night. I know the kids did,” said head coach Bob Jacobs. “The kids have a lot of confidence in our offense, and they executed it at a high level.”
Sizing up the Eagles before kick off, Jacobs and the Panthers had butterflies. They saw the number of bodies and their size. They remembered about not playing so well at home last year, with tough losses to Fort Vancouver and Crook County. Jacobs said it was because Washougal was unable to play 48 minutes in those games, but this is a different year.
“One of things I told the kids was not to get so excited before the game that we forget what we’re supposed to do out there,” Jacobs said. “Act like you’ve been here before.”
The Panthers did just that. On first down, Caleb Howard carried the football 30 yards to get the crowd roaring out of the gate. After a short run by Austin Tofell, and then a loss of a few yards on the next play, quarterback Colton Sullivan came back with a nice pass to Karsten Short to set up a first-and-goal. Howard capped off the opening drive with a 4-yard touchdown run. In five quick plays in 2:17, Washougal got its first seven points in 2011.