Devils end 2011 winless after loss to Rogers

Wa-Hi only trailed 8-7 at the half but was unable to keep up with the Pirates, falling 21-13.


SPOKANE - Anthony Hampton rushed 19 times for 169 yards as Rogers handed Wa-Hi a 21-13 loss in a Big Nine Conference-Greater Spokane League crossover football game Friday night at Gonzaga Prep High School.

The loss ended an 0-9 campaign for the Blue Devils.

Hampton broke a scoreless tie with an 80-yard touchdown run at the 1:41 mark of the first quarter. A 2-point conversion pass gave the Pirates an 8-0 lead.

Wa-Hi came roaring back with a four-play, 79-yard drive before the end of the period. Jake Grandstaff ended the possession with a 27-yard run with 18 seconds remaining. Dean Atkinson booted the PAT to bring Wa-Hi within one, 8-7.

"What a phenomenal football play," Wa-Hi coach Eric Hisaw said. "An absolutely phenomenal run by Jake. I was so proud of him.

"There were times where we played extremely well," Hisaw said. "We had a solid first quarter other than one defensive lapse.

"We seemed to get in great rhythms offensively and defensively," Hisaw said. "There were times where we dominated both sides of the ball. We made a great goal-line stand at the end of the first half."

Chris Douglas rushed 6 yards for a touchdown with 8:29 left in the third quarter that, combined with an Antonio Rosas extra point, put Rogers up by eight, 15-7.

The Blue Devils drove 95 yards in seven plays late in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Dakota Turner passed to Jonah Hoe for a 20-yard touchdown with 1:07 to go in the fourth quarter, but the Blue Devils stayed two points behind, 15-13, after a failed conversion pass.

Wa-Hi recovered the ensuing onside kick, but were unable to threaten.

Matt Durant added icing to the Pirates' cake with a 43-yard running touchdown on the game's final play. The extra point was not attempted.

"We played well enough on defense," Hisaw said. "The kids played pretty well, but didn't play well on offense. Everyone took their turn - coaches included.

"I told the kids in the locker room (afterward) that I was so proud of them," Hisaw said. "They showed the ability to fight when it was most needed."

The loss was especially hard for seniors making their final appearance on the Blue Devil sideline.

"For these guys to buy in and work, I told them I felt so bad we couldn't get a win," Hisaw said. "They will always be part of the Blue Devil family. They were a blast to be around. They're special kids."

Rogers 21, Wa-Hi 13

Wa-Hi 7 0 0 6 - 13

Rogers 8 0 7 6 - 21

Rogers - Hampton 80 run (2-point conversion pass).

Wa-Hi - Grandstaff 27 run (Atkinson kick).

Rogers - Douglas 6 run (Rosas kick).

Wa-Hi - hoe 20 pass from Turner (pass failed).

Rogers - Durant 43 run (PAT not attempted).

Wa-Hi Rogers

First downs 18 18

Rushes/yards 36-253 54-372

Passing yards 76 36

Passes (att-comp-int) 17-5-1 5-3-0

Punts 2-40.5 2-41

Fumbles-lost 2-1 1-1

Penalties-yards 4-25 4-25

Individual Statistics

RUSHING - Wa-Hi: Hoe 28-226, Grandstaff 3-42, Porter 1-3, Turner 3-(-6), Rowley 1-(-12); Rogers: Hampton 19-169, Rogers 26-103, Douglas 4-49, Durant 2-45, Welty 2-8, Kaley 1-(-2) .

PASSING - Wa-Hi: Turner 4-16-1, 44 yards, 1 TD, Rowley 1-1-0, 32 yards; Rogers: Durant 3-5-0, 36 yards, 0 TDs.

RECEIVING - Wa-Hi: Gilmore 2-42, Rowley 2-14, Hoe 1-20; Rogers: Whitaker 2-19, Kaley 1-17.


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