High School Football

Samples, Davis, defense key Hanford’s 34-14 win over West Valley

Don’t look now, but the Hanford football team is 2-0 on the young season.

OK, maybe stop and look. The Falcons overcame an early deficit Friday night and cruised to a 34-14 victory over West Valley at Fran Rish Stadium.

The win comes on the heels of a victory over Hermiston, the defending Oregon 5A state champions. And while it is really too early to look too far ahead, the Falcons will be getting some attention.

The Falcons gave up two big plays on West Valley’s first drive of the game as the Rams jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead. That was their last score until the game was out of hand in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter. And the final touchdown came on a late turnover with most of the starters resting on the sideline.

In between the Rams’ two touchdowns, Hanford looked impressive at times led by quarterback Desmond Samples. The junior hit a couple early seam routes up the field and relied on the running of Elwood Davis.

But it was the defense that looked good all night as the Rams could never establish their running game and struggled in the passing game.