VALE, Ore. — After losing both its starting and second-string quarterbacks, the McLoughlin High School football team could not muster much offense as the Pioneers lost to Vale, 49-7, here Friday.
With both of the quarterbacks on the sideline, Jacob Podolski was tasked with leading the Pioneers’ (2-2) offense. Podolski, who usually starts at defensive end and tight end, had to line up all over the field, Mac-Hi head coach Tim Hutchison said.
However, by the end of the game Podolski was under center and ran for the Pioneers’ only touchdown of the game.
“To their credit, those young kids play with enthusiasm,” Hutchison said. “Like Jacob Podolski — he’s a great defensive end and tight end. We had to play him at quarterback, linebacker, right safety and running back. It’s tough, but at the same time it’s fun to see the kids be enthusiastic about playing the game of football.”
With only 35 to 40 players on the roster, Hutchison said the Pioneers were left scrambling whenever someone was injured. That led to some of the 25 underclassmen on the roster to play out of position, Hutchison said.
That also led to some rookie mistakes, as Mac-Hi allowed back-to-back touchdowns on the Vikings’ first two possessions. Both of the scores came on sweep plays, where the Pioneers lost outside contain, Hutchison said.
“That Vale team (doesn’t) do anything to wow you, but everything they do, they do it to perfection,” he said. “They’re a sound football team in every aspect of the game.”
Vale held a 35-0 lead by halftime, as Hutchison said the Vikings were able to take advantage of Mac-Hi’s mistakes.
Vale added two more touchdowns in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.
Mac-Hi finished with 237 yards of offense as the Pioneers didn’t find pay dirt until the fourth quarter.
Mac-Hi hosts Nyssa Friday.
Vale 49, Mac-Hi 7
Mac-Hi 0 0 0 7 — 7
Vale 14 21 14 0 — 49
First downs 10
Passing Yards 85
Passes (Att-Comp-Int) 15-4
PASSING — Copenhaver 3-12, 24 yards; Podoski 1-3, 61 yards.
RUSHING — Copenhaver 5-23, Podoski 13-70-1, Rodriguez 10-59.
RECEIVING — Barnheart 3-49, Rodriguez 1-35.