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Week 1: Hudson’s Bay stays positive after loss

Eagles know they were close and will keep getting better

The Hudson’s Bay Eagles are out to show that the program has arrived, meaning it can withstand losing a lot of talent to graduation one year and maintain competitiveness.

Week 1 ended in a three-point loss, but the Eagles don’t need to be too disappointed. They lost to a playoff team from a year ago.

Plus, the first couple of weeks are for learning, especially for some players at new positions.

Carter Morse, known for his receiving skills, had to play some quarterback Friday due to an injury. The Eagles lost but expect to have all their weapons soon. Photo by Mike Schultz
Carter Morse, known for his receiving skills, had to play some quarterback Friday due to an injury. The Eagles lost but expect to have all their weapons soon. Photo by Mike Schultz

Hudson’s Bay Eagles (0-1)

Week 1: Washougal 16, Hudson’s Bay 13

Next: vs. Heritage, 5 p.m. Friday at Kiggins Bowl

“There is a lot of room for improvement,” Hudson’s Bay coach Ray Lions said. “There are definitely aspects we can appreciate.”

He noted the play of freshman starting quarterback Dylan Damon, who played a quarter. Then Carter Morse, who is transitioning from wide receiver, played quarterback for three quarters.

“Each of them had limited experience (at the position) and had full confidence to win the game,” Lions said.

The coach said there was no panic from the defense when things got tough for the Eagles, who had key fourth-down stops to remain in the game.

“A new secondary worked well together but had a hard time limiting the big plays,” Lions acknowledged.

Breakout performances:

JacQuez McDonald, known more for his defense, shined on offense with big catches and “sneaky” speed, according to Lions.

On defense, Derek Barnes was tough to block, always causing trouble in the Washougal backfield.

Next:

The Eagles, who will host Class 4A Heritage at Kiggins Bowl, said the goal is to play a complete game.

“For the first time our team will be fully equipped with the weapons we know we have,” Lions said. “Winning the little things such as ball control, field position, clock management, and individual assignments will allow us to be in position to win.”

Lions noted that both the Timberwolves and his team played close games in Week 1. Each team should expect another high intensity game in Week 2.

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Paul Valencia joins ClarkCountyToday.com after more than two decades of newspaper experience. He became the face of high school sports coverage in Clark County during his 17 years at The Columbian. Before moving to Vancouver, Paul worked at Oregon daily newspapers in Pendleton, Roseburg, and Salem. A graduate of David Douglas High School in Portland, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving three years as a soldier/journalist. He and his wife Jenny recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. They have a son who has a passion for karate and Minecraft. Paul’s hobbies include: Watching the Raiders play football, reading about the Raiders playing football, and waiting to watch and read about the Raiders playing football.

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