A mistake-filled first half threatened to ruin Hanfords night Friday.
Two touchdowns were nullified by penalties and the Falcons clung to a one-score lead at halftime against Pasco at Fran Rish Stadium.
But Hanford kicked into gear in the second half, scoring 34 points after the break to beat Pasco 40-21 in a Mid-Columbia Conference game.
Thats the thing about Pasco, Hanford coach Rob Oram said. I told the kids, they will come after you. They will compete. And thats what they did.
The Bulldogs continued to hang around through most of the third quarter.
After Tim Tefft recovered a Pasco fumble and Aaron Enderlin scored from a yard out for a 13-0 lead with 9:10 left in the quarter, Pasco responded with a touchdown of its own.
Brady Ritala intercepted Enderlin and returned the ball to the 15. Kolby Killoy then hit Spencer Calveard for a 7-yard touchdown pass and a 13-7 deficit.
From there, though, it was all Hanford.
The Falcons scored three times in 6:23 to put the game away.
Will Bishop outran the secondary for a 65-yard score, Elwood Davis rumbled 36 yards for a touchdown late in the third, and Tyler Cowen hauled in an 87-yard touchdown from Enderlin with 9:37 left in the game. Just like that, Hanford led 33-7.
I think we can be a good team when we play well, Oram said. It can be a little frustrating when you have very high expectations for the kids. But we played an almost perfect second half, almost flawless.
After Pascos Cole Kelley caught a touchdown from Killoy, Bishop finished Hanfords scoring with a 55-yard TD run with 5:49 left in the game.
Calveard scored Pascos final touchdown, wrestling a 20-yard pass from Killoy away from two Hanford defenders at the goal line with just under a minute left. It was his second TD of the game.
Pasco is a lot like we are, Oram said. Their strength is the same as our strength. We both have good skill kids.
In the first half, Bishop got things started with an interception return for a touchdown just two minutes into the game.
But despite 93 rushing yards by Malik Slack and a defense that limited the Bulldogs to just 58 total yards in the first half, Bishops interception return was all the scoring either team managed in the first 24 minutes.
Penalties erased two Hanford scores in the first half, the first a 76-yard dash by Slack at the 11:05 mark of the second quarter, and the second a 20-yard pass from Enderlin to Ben Kelly with 1:12 left in the first half.
At halftime we just had to re-emphasize fundamental football, Oram said. The kids responded and we played better in the second half.
Slack finished with 118 yards on 16 carries, while Bishop had 119 yards on just five carries. Killoy led Pasco, finishing 6-of-16 for 115 yards and three TDs.
Pasco 0 0 7 14 21
Hanford 6 0 21 13 40
HWill Bishop interception return (kick failed)
HAaron Enderlin 1 run (kick good)
PSpencer Calveard 7 pass from Kolby Killoy (kick good)
HBishop 65 run (kick good)
HElwood Davis 36 run (kick good)
HTyler Cowen 87 pass from Enderlin (kick good)
PCole Kelley pass from Killoy (kick good)
HBishop 55 run (kick failed)
PCalveard 20 pass from Killoy (kick good)
RushingPasco, TJ Faamausili 6-33, Cole Kelley 12-58, Kolby Killoy 10-45, Brady Ritala 7-(-10). Hanford, Will Bishop 5-119, Malik Slack 16-118, Elwood Davis 9-60, Aaron Enderlin 7-18, Tim Tefft 1-5, Austin Dreyer 1-1, Timmy Dinh 2-(-2).
PassingPasco, Kolby Killoy 6-16-1115, Brady Ritala 4-8-115, TJ Faamausili 0-1-00. Hanford, Aaron Enderlin 6-21-2122.
ReceivingPasco, Roger Ingram 2-31, Spencer Calveard 2-25, Cole Kelley 2-15, Kolby Killoy 2-7, Miguel Chavez 1-50, Angel Gutierrez 1-2. Hanford, Jake Craig 2-15, Jordan Reyes 2-14, Tyler Cowen 1-87, Ben Kelly 1-6.