River Hogs came into this game off a win last week, and on the first drive they were still feeling it. Dre Shivers had 5 rushes, 33 yards and a touchdown on that drive. The defense managed to keep the Pioneers out of the end zone until the 4th quarter but did have struggles getting of the field before giving up a field goal. Heading into the 4th quarter they had a 20-9 lead that quickly became a 20-17 ballgame. Dre Shivers was doing his thing for most of the game on the ground but on the first drive in this quarter he got them from the 50 to the 15-yard line on his own. Then for some reason the coach decided to throw the ball the next 3 plays resulting in only getting a field goal. Many fans felt that they needed to keep running shivers to use the clock and punch it into the end zone since the Pioneers were not stopping him that drive. The next drive they get they elect to do two passing plays and a run play which did not take a whole lot of time of the clock to kill the game.
The Pioneers defense had struggled against the run last week and this week, it was happening again. Though you must give them credit because they managed to force the River Hogs into 4 field goals, one was from a stop at the 1-yard line, and another with the River Hogs inside the 20-yard line, they held strong and forced another field goal. Another thing that can hurt these Pioneers going forward are the number of injuries they picked up this game. Hopefully they are not very serious, but we will find out more in the coming days. The Pioneers offense couldn’t fully break down Portland’s defense but getting points as often as they could helped them when it came to the 4th quarter to get the win. Getting the ball with 7:01 left in the game and down 23-17. After getting a first down on the drive, Trey Allen is sacked, but after that sack. Allen would connect on his next 5 passes and make a few plays with his own feet setting up a touchdown pass to Pharoah Reignz II to take the lead 24-23 with 1:21 to go.
The next drive the River Hogs get stuck on a 3rd and 17, but McBride finds a wat to connect with Dre shivers on a big pass play getting into Pioneers territory with plenty of time and timeouts to get into field goal range and win the game. A couple plays later McBride is able to make another pass to get into range for the field goal with less than 20 seconds to go. Here’s where I get confused though. Instead of trying to run down the clock for the final kick, they call a timeout. Then they run the ball and call another timeout leaving 9 seconds on the clock as they attempt the field goal. As the field goal goes through celebration starts amongst the Portland fans even though there are still 5 seconds left in the game. Kickoff comes and the clock ticks to 2 seconds left in the game with Trey Allen and the Pioneers needing a Hail Mary to win the game. I will just leave this hyperlink to let you watch it unfold with the call by Smitty.
This is how you start off week 7!
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