By Jeremy McDonald
AMITY, Ore.– You are only as good as the line in front of you.
In a game where you needed to make sure your chinstraps were secured in Amity’s 54-22 win over Coquille with the Red Devils rushing for 224 yards to the Warriors 337 on the ground.
“Our game plan was just..we were planning to work on the outside, but it didn’t end up working, so we took it inside. We stepped our game up to the next level, so there was no extra plan it just happened,” said Amity Offensive Tackle Jacob Bernards.
With their Wing-T offense, the Warriors fed Russel Brown inside early and often as the Junior set-up Cody Dyche’s two touchdowns to open the game.
Despite Amity’s 16-0 lead early, Coquille hung close entering halftime down 24-16 entering the halftime break with a healthy dose of Caiden Yates, Gunner Yates and Ean Smith against the Warriors defense.
Faced with a run-heavy team earlier this season with Onalaska of Washington in Week 2, Amity stepped up their physicality and forced two first half sacks, but each of the three-headed monster had at least broke a 20-yard run against them in the first half.
Dyche, who rushed for 146 yards on 19 carries, admitted that he should have watched more film on the Red Devils backs ahead of time because of how talented both Yates were on the field Friday night.
“I should have because I didn’t know how great of a running backs they were. I think 22 (Caiden Yates) is personally the hardest player I’ve had to tackle, he’s a great running back, 21 (Gunner Yates) was just super shifty and it was super hard to tackle,” said Dyche who also plays linebacker.
Caiden Yates rushed for 104 yards on 15 carries while Gunner Yates rushed for 71 yards on six carries.
Both teams traded a Warriors Dylan Nyseth two-yard strike and a Gunner Yates 24-yard rush to start the second half, but it was bound that eventually this great footrace would have caught up with someone as both teams sat in the Top 3 in 2A and 3A respectively.
Brown, who added another 157 yards on 23 carries, answered Yates strike with a nine-yard run. A George Hatch interception of Jace Haagen set up a Keenan Graham-to-Josh Wart 10-yard strike to break open the game as Amity didn’t allow another score against their defense for the remainder of the game with their offense scoring their second straight 50-point game.
Coming off of their Week 2 loss to Onalaska of Washington, a run-heavy team similar to Coquille, Amity knew they had to step up their game defense as well as offense if they wanted an opportunity against this similar style of team.
“I think we just came in with our heads up and wanted to win a football game, that’s it,” said center Ashton Pappas.
“It was great, I definitely saw glimpses of last year’s line tonight. We just executed everything really well in this game. It just makes your job as a running back easier when your line is just cruising down field, moving bodies and getting in front of people creating lanes. It’s perfect,” said Dyche.
Amity opens the 3A Special District 1-West play next Friday hosting Taft while Coquille opens 2A Special District 4 play on the road at Bandon.