Big Sky Conference
Team Overall Lg.
Sherman 5-1 4-0
Arlington 4-1 3-1
Perrydale 4-2 3-1
Dufur 5-1 2-1
Mitchell 2-3 0-3
SWC 1-4 0-3
Ione 0-6 0-3
Mitchell at Ione, 7 p.m.
Dufur at S. Wasco, 7 p.m.
Sherman at Arlington, 7 p.m.
1A Coaches Poll
Others with votes: Days Creek, Jordan Valley
Tonight’s Big Sky Conference football contest between Sherman and Arlington features two of the top scoring defenses in the 1A classification, and Husky head coach Bill Blevins is looking forward to this next test in the regular-season schedule.
Before last week, the Arlington defense had held teams to an average of 5.5 points, but the No. 2 Dufur Rangers racked up 235 yards rushing and added 221 yards through the air on 18 attempts in a 58-14 win.
Blevins said Arlington likes to run a 4-3-1 defensive scheme with some pressure packages inserted based on down and distance.
The Sherman coach added that his team has been preparing for Arlington’s fifth-ranked defense (80 points) over the past few weeks.
“They run it a bit differently than Dufur. They appeared pretty stout up front on film, especially against the run,” Blevins said. “Their defensive line does a nice job of penetrating the line of scrimmage and wreaking havoc. We will have our work cut out for us to establish the running game.”
Over the last handful of games, the Sherman run game has been hitting full throttle with its three-headed monster in Maverick Winslow, Jacob Justesen and Isaiah Coles running free behind an offensive line that is maturing every game.
Last week in Sherman’s 70-6 manhandling of Mitchell-Spray, Winslow finished with four touchdowns and a team-leading 154 yards rushing, Justesen tallied 125 yards and two scores and Coles totaled 123 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
“I like the way our line is playing and how hard our backs our hitting the holes and picking up positive yards,” Blevins said.
The Arlington defense started strong on the year and on the other side of the ball, during its current five-game winning streak, Sherman’s defense has surrendered 46 points (9.2 points), including two shutouts.
With a quartet featuring Marco Valdez, Sylas Aamodt, Benjamin Evans and Shawn Hauner, the Honkers have plenty of weapons to throw out at defensive coordinator Kyle Blagg and his Husky defense.
“Offensively, they can do a lot of things to you and present some challenges with the fly sweep action,” Blevins said. “We will need to stay disciplined against that motion look, so we don’t open up holes elsewhere to be exploited.”
Sherman will be put to the test against an Arlington team that has put itself in contention for a league crown over the past two seasons, so Blevins and his coaching and making sure all systems are firing off at an optimum rate.
Thursday’s pivotal league performance will be the end result of a short week of preparation.
“Arlington/Condon has a lot of athletes on the field,” Blevins said. “They’ve gotten out to a pretty good start this year. We will really need to play a very good game on both sides of the ball if we are going to give ourselves a chance to win.”
TD set for some home cooking
Limping into its second-to-last home game of the season, The Dalles football team is looking to put the pieces together in a solid effort for 48 minutes when they take on Hunter Conlon, Ivan Soto and the Woodburn Bulldogs at 7 p.m. Friday at Sid White Field in The Dalles.
On the year, the Bulldogs have allowed 31.3 points a game and have scored 108 points in six games for an average of 18 points a contest.
Aside from scoring 32 and 43 points in its two wins against Cleveland and Crook County, respectively, Woodburn has been held to 33 points in its other four contests, all losses.
Last week, the Bulldogs suffered a 38-7 setback at the hands of Estacada.
Through the first three games of the season, the Riverhawks had a solid defense that had allowed 14 points with a pair of shutouts.
Recently, however, TD has been scorched by a 169-46 margin, including a 62-20 loss a week ago to Rainier.
In that game, there were some defensive highlights and a few offensive breakthroughs, but the offensive line gave up eight sacks and the offense managed just 168 total yards.
Dominique Seufalemua returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown and he also capped a two-play, four-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run and a conversion pass to Dakota Murr.
Seufalemua completed 9 of 31 passes for 164 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
Glenn Breckterfield led the team with six catches for 79 yards, Logan Manciu had two grabs for 38 yards and Yordi Sanchez had a catch for 30 yards.
On the ground, Dalles Seufalemua had six rushes for 43 yards.
Breckterfield led TD’s defense with 10 tackles, Jordan Lutu had six tackles, three for a loss, and he tallied an interception and two sacks.
Cameron Perez posted four tackles, Dante Avila picked off a Rainier pass, Eddie Leechee recovered a fumble and Oscar Fernandez had a half a sack.
TD (3-3 overall) and Woodburn (2-4) hit the gridiron at 7 p.m. All stats from www.sportsstatservice.com. The game broadcasts live on 1440 AM KODL.