The Pasco High football team features just nine seniors, and that inexperience showed Saturday at Edgar Brown Stadium.
West Valley of Yakima cruised to a 28-8 nonleague victory in a game that was supposed to be played Thursday, but was moved because of inclement weather.
On Saturday, the Bulldogs struggled to move the ball, committed seven penalties for 65 yards, gave up two safeties and threw an interception.
Despite the struggles on both sides of the ball — Pasco was outgained 338-174 and recorded just nine first downs — there were a few bright spots for the Bulldogs.
Sophomore quarterback Kynen Tate threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Eric Orange and then ran in the two-point conversion.
Tate threw several nice long balls, but most were dropped by an inexperienced receiving corps.
Another bright spot was the play of kick returner Roger Ingram Jr.
Ingram had four kickoff returns for 117 yards and six punt returns for 58 more, consistently giving the Pasco offense decent field position.
But the mistakes in the first half were too much to overcome.
West Valley went ahead 7-0 on a 7-yard run by Mark Bradley with 8 minutes, 53 seconds left in the first quarter.
Pasco’s youth then reared its head. Ingram attempted to return a punt from the 1-yard line — a ball he should’ve let go into the end zone for a touchback.
He was tackled at the 5 and on the next play, Tate fumbled the ball out the back of the end zone for a safety to give West Valley a 9-0 lead.
After a West Valley punt, the Pasco offense again stalled and then a snap went over the head of punter Cole Kelley and out the back of the end zone for another safety and an 11-0 lead for West Valley with 1 minute left in the first quarter.
The Rams then marched down the field, headed for another touchdown, but Orange intercepted a pass in the end zone.
Pasco had one of its better scoring chances of the night, as quarterback Brady Ritala — the Bulldogs used three players under center in the game — went 42 yards around the left end, nearly breaking it for a touchdown.
But the drive stalled and West Valley went on an 11-play, 63-yard drive capped by a 15-yard run from Jordan Cluff to take an 18-0 lead with 3:05 left in the first half.
West Valley’s Brady Bendell added a 34-yard field goal near halftime for a 21-0 halftime lead.
The Bulldogs had the ball for just 7:21 of the first half.
After a scoreless third quarter, West Valley scored for the final time on a 6-yard run by Bradley with 9:20 left in the game.
After the teams traded possessions, Tate hit Orange on a fade route, throwing a beautiful ball right into his receiver’s arms. Orange dove across the line for the touchdown.
Tate finished 6-for-22 for 83 yards with the touchdown and an interception. Ritala had four carries for 48 yards and T.J. Faamausili had eight carries for 28 yards. Orange had two catches for 41 yards and the touchdown.
Bradley finished with 149 yards on 24 carries, while Cluff had 80 yards on 13 carries.
West Valley 11 10 0 7 — 28
Pasco 0 0 0 8 — 8
WV, Mark Bradley 7 run (Brady Bendell kick), 8:53
WV, team safety, 4:05
WV, team safety, 1:00
WV, Jordan Cluff 15 run (Bendell kick), 3:05
WF, FG Bendell 36, :12
WV, Bradley 6 run (Bendell kick)
P, Eric Orange 34 pass from Kynan Tate (Tate run), 5:21
RUSHING—WV, Bradley 24-149, Cluff 13-80, Trace Cornelius 4-28, Ryan Bickler 3-17, Dylan Dietrich 2-16, Luke Atterberry 2-(-17). Pasco, Brady Ritala 4-48, T.J. Faamausili 8-28, Tate 10-15, Kolby Killoy 1-2, team 1-(-2), Cole Kelley 6-(-14).
PASSING—WV, Dietrich 8-24-1—75. Pasco, Tate 6-22-1—83, Killoy 1-5-0—14.
RECEIVING—WV, Cornelius 3-27, Ethan Williams 2-19, Nick Hoover 1-13, Cluff 1-12, Tyler Hager 1-4. Pasco, Roger Ingram Jr., 4-45, Orange 2-41, Tim martinez 1-11.
INTERCEPTIONS—WV, Williams 1-0. Pasco, Orange 1-0.
FUMBLE RECOVERIES—Pasco, Kelley 1-0.
SACKS—WV, Jorge Mendoza, 1-1.
FIRST DOWNS—WV 19, P 9. FUMBLES-LOST—WV 2-0, P 3-0. PENALTIES-YARDS—WV 10-85, P 7-65