Bandon’s football team won its league opener while playing for a pair of injured teammates, topping Waldport 62-0 on Friday night.
Both senior Darian Phommaphat and sophomore Will Freitag are out for the season with injuries.
Donavin Phommaphat, Darian’s twin brother, returned the opening kickoff 80 yards for a win and quickly added a 21-yard touchdown run to put the Tigers ahead for good.
“In the middle of the game, I was a little down,” Donavin said. “It’s different playing without him. I’ve been playing with him my whole life.
“We did it for him and our sophomore, Will Freitag. And it was Will’s birthday, so it was sweet.”
The Tigers led 14-0 after the first quarter and stretched the lead to 38-0 by halftime.
Quarterback Braydon Freitag scored on 11-, 61- and 20-yard runs. Cayton Sinay, Brennan Boston and Brynn Green also scored.
Sinay has a bigger role with Darian’s injury.
“He’s real good,” Donavin said. “He’s as fast as us. I think he can fill (Darian’s) shoes.”
A series of freshmen also played well.
“They did great,” Donavin said. “I’m so proud of our backups. They’re gonna be great when I graduate.”
Bandon coach Aaron Freitag, Braydon’s dad and Will’s uncle, said the Tigers are getting better every week, and took a big lesson from their loss a week earlier to Illinois Valley.
“I’m proud of the whole team,” he said. “Every single one did their job and stepped up and did exactly what the coaching staff asked them to do.”
The coach was especially thrilled for Boston, like the Phommaphat twins a senior. Boston has moved from offensive line to tight end, but got time at fullback and had the chance to score against the Irish.
“He’s doing a great job,” Freitag said.
Bandon's defense, meanwhile, stymied the Irish, holding Toledo to negative rushing yards, 54 total yards and just five first downs.
Bandon expects a rougher game this week at Toledo. The Boomers shut out Myrtle Point in their league opener.
Then it’s home next week for the final time, against Reedsport in what could become a big game for playoff purposes.