By Jeremy McDonald
AMITY, Ore.– Wing-T and 33.
The scientific theory that has brought State Trophies to Amity through the years that worked again Saturday afternoon against Nyssa in the squads 58-13 win to advance to the 3A State Semi-Final Round against Cascade Christian.
West Streeter and Tyler Parr got the Wing-T offense going in the opening half with Streeter running for two and Parr throwing for another two as the Warriors built a 28-7 halftime lead.
Streeter had 118 first half yards and Parr nearly had 100 yards in the air alone by halftime.
Jonathan Mather would continue the Wing-T dominance, scoring three straight touchdowns to all but ice the game at 45-7 before the Bulldogs got a score back at when Idaho State-commit and Nyssa Running Back Jose Sanchez showed off his cannon to bring the game to within 45-13 with nine minutes left.
“We click really well as a group, we’ve been playing all the way since third grade. We’ve been doing the same thing over-and-over-and-over again,” said Mather, one of Amity’s few two-way players. “So that group of guys, we really gel well together and everyone does their job.”
As for that 33 defense, they had to account for Sanchez and their big line that could give the Bulldogs opportunities to do some damage offensively as they did in the second half against Willamina last Saturday in the opening round of the 3A playoffs.
But they succeed from the line to Mather and Cody Dyche in the second-level to Payton Richardson and the secondary, feeding off of one another to limit those opportunities.
“That was an incredible challenge, but we were up to it,” said Mather on slowing Sanchez down. “Sanchez runs really hard, you got to have at least two-to-three guys to bring him down, one person isn’t really going to work. So we got to lock down and we’ve had good run defense all year and we had to go back to what we’ve always done.”
And boy, they need that kind of defense against the Challengers next week to defeat the high-octane while relying on that strong offense to duplicate this week’s next week as they know they’ll have a lot of work to do to be prepared.
“Oh it’s huge,” starts Parr on Cascade Christian. “They’re a completely different team. We would have to game plan a lot and be real focused. We will have to cover a lot different things and we’ll have to come out ready to go. We can’t give up any mistakes, they’re a good team and they’ll capitalize on them.”
Wing-T and 33. A trusted and proven system in Amity. With the coaching staff that they have on the sidelines, there is no concerned about them being ready for this game when kickoff comes around.
“The thing is, the Wing-T and 33 formula works…we got an offensive coordinator and a head coach that has all those State Champions. We have one of the best defensive coordinators in the State and at the 3A level. I’m not worried about it,” said Scharf on preparing for this upcoming week. “There’s 14 State Championships on our staff total, between all of our coaches. If there’s a staff in the State that’s going to have us prepared, it’s them.
“I’m not worried about it one bit. Cascade Christian is good, I haven’t seen them play but in my mind I think they’re better than Rainier from the film I’ve seen. We’ll see, it’ll be a hellave game.”
Photos By Jeremy McDonald