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Orcas will play host to Bucs at Silverdale Stadium tonight
On paper, the West Sound Orcas have a home game tonight against the Multnomah County Buccaneers.
But due to a scheduling conflict with the Relay for Life taking over Memorial Stadium, the Orcas are kicking off at 6 p.m. at Silverdale Stadium in-stead.
The Orcas, fresh off their bye week, are 1-1-1 overall.
In their last game, the West Sounders extended the Renton Ravens losing streak to four games with a 29-13 win.
The Bucs come into this weekends game 2-0 with close wins against the King County Jaguars and the Willamette Valley Raiders.
Led by the strong arm of quarterback Derek Johnson, the Buccaneers are known for their lengthy pass plays interspersed with hard runs up the gut.
Theyre very fast and talented, Orcas coach Steve McDaniel said of the Bucs. But our defense isnt going to give up the big play. Weve been focusing in on that in practice for the past week.
The history between these two teams goes back to last year when the Bucs took down Orcas 51-7 on the way to winning the Northwest Football League Championship.
McDaniel said thats not going to happen this time.
We dont have the same people at quarterback, receiver or offensive line this year that were here last year, McDaniel said. Im going into this game with a winning attitude and so is my team. Were a much better club than weve ever been and were going to play hard for four quarters.
Notes: Orcas running back Larry Bates is still nursing an injured hand though he told the coaching staff hes at 100 percent. ... Todd Lewis, who had 48 yards on nine carries and a touchdown two weeks ago, wont be playing today. Hes still off on his honeymoon.
Look for Paul Gordon and Seth Parker to get some extra snaps. ... The team practiced at Silverdale Stadium for the first time this year on Thursday to get used to the artificial turf.