By Bill Choy
Triplicate Sports Editor
After a sluggish first-half, the Siskiyou Savages semi-pro football team came out in the second-half with a vengeance, triumphing 40-8 against the Columbia Coyotes in The Dalles, Ore., on Saturday.
The victory brings the Savages to 1-1 for the year. On March 31, the Savages lost a hard fought game in overtime to Klamath Falls, Ore.
In the first quarter, the Savages started out well when linebacker Larry Munyon picked up a fumble and ran it in for a touchdown.
By the end of the first half, the Savages had a 14-8 lead. Head Coach Dick Trone said while his team had its moments, for the most part, the squad failed to capitalize on the other teams' mistakes and should have had a much greater lead.
"We came out flat," he said.
In the unusual-way-to-score category, the Coyotes first two points came when the Savages longsnapper threw the ball too high to the punter in the first quarter. The ball hit the goal post, which meant it was a safety and two points for the Coyotes.
"I've never seen that happen before," Trone said, adding the regular long snapper was unable to play.
In the second half, the Savages came out ready, as the team made several key plays on both offense and defense. The Savages brought the score up to 40-8 by the end of the game. "The kids played well in the second half," Trone said.
Standouts for the Savages included wide receiver Chris White, who had two touchdown catches of 47 and 42 yards.
His twin brother, free safety Nick White, had two interceptions. Quarterback Tim Crochet threw for 184 yards and had three touchdowns and no interceptions.
Trone said several people have asked him "How did Dr. Polidore do?
Tom Polidore, a 47-year-old Crescent City doctor, is a tight end for the Savages.
Polidore started the game at tight end and made several key blocks, although he was not thrown to.
Trone said he plans to get him more involved in the passing game the next few contests.
"He did a real good job blocking," Trone said. "He's just a real intelligent football player."
The Savages next play on Saturday when they face the Siskiyou Warriors in Medford, Ore..
Trone said the Warriors are an excellent team, and his squad needs to play well. He said he believes they have what it takes to come out victorious.