Bulldogs set tone early, hand Pioneers 56-7 defeat

Mac-Hi avoids the shutout when Nathan Dombrosky scores on a 17-yard, fourth-quarter run.

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NYSSA, Ore. - The host Nyssa Bulldogs blocked a first-quarter punt and ran it in for a touchdown, setting the tone for a 56-7 romp over injury-riddled Mac-Hi in non-conference football action here Friday night.

Nyssa, a former member of the Greater Oregon League that is coming off a 2010 season in which it qualified for the Class 3A state playoffs, improved to 3-0 and dropped the Pioneers to 0-3.

The Bulldogs scored three touchdowns in the second quarter on a 20-yard pass, a run of eight yards, and a return of a fumbled kickoff.

Nyssa padded its lead in the third quarter on scoring runs of 35 and 3 yards, and a touchdown pass of 22 yards.

The Bulldogs registered 2-point conversions after each of their touchdowns.

The Pioneers, who lost four fumbles on the night, avoided the shutout in the fourth quarter when Nathan Dombrosky rushed for a 17-yard score at the 7:20 mark. Dombrosky ended up with 62 yards on eight totes.

Jake Morris led Mac-Hi with 71 yards on six carries.

"I was pleased with what I saw out of them," Mac-Hi coach Chuck Pease said. "They stepped forward and kept going after it."

Mac-Hi started junior varsity quarterback Chase Copenhaver due to injuries to fellow signal callers Francisco Sandoval (fractured thumb) and Derek Richwine (knee). He rushed for 42 yards on eight carries, and completed 3-of-8 passes for 17 yards.

Patrick Sheets caught two of Copenhaver's throws for 12 yards. Rick Sandoval grabbed Copenhaver's other completion. It was good for five yards.

"We're trying to work as an offensive and defensive unit," Pease said. "It's going to take a lot of practice, attitude and approach toward the game.

"We're playing a tough schedule," said Pease, whose team played Tillamook and Weston-McEwen before traveling to Nyssa. "We have to challenge (our kids) for our program to get better. We'll get there."

The Pioneers' next game is Sept. 30 at Umatilla.

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