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The Bulldogs improved to 2-0 after a physical 35-6 thumping of the visiting Lions; Ty Beyer led the way with two TDs

PMG PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Senior running back Ty Beyer followed up a monster game against Klamath Union with an equally impressive showing against St. Helens on Friday, Sept. 9. Beyer punched in two touchdowns in the Bulldogs 35-6 win over the Lions.

Just like last year, the Woodburn football team has improved to 2-0 to start the season. On Friday, Sept. 9, the Bulldogs defeated St. Helens 35-6 in a lopsided affair that saw a run-heavy offensive display from the home team.

Leading the way was senior running back Ty Beyer, who recorded two of his team's five touchdowns on the night.

The win was nearly identical in fashion to the Bulldogs 42-14 victory over the Klamath Union Pelicans a week before. A run-heavy attack saw Beyer score multiple touchdowns against Klamath Union, just the same as he did against St. Helens. For Beyer, regardless of the opponent his approach to the game remains the same.

"I'm obviously smaller than everybody else, so I've got to be as quick and physical as I can," Beyer said. "Get every yard that I can get."

According to Woodburn head coach Robert Kassebaum, Beyer gets the buy in from his teammates due to that attitude of hard work.

"He runs very hard so that he makes the guys want to block for him," Kassebaum said. "And he's a good kid too, so people like him. That helps, they want to block for him because he runs his butt off."

Beyer got a pair of touchdowns, but he wasn't alone in the scoring. Senior quarterback Kaleb Robles, junior Carter Pickett and sophomore Cruz Veliz each got a touchdown as well. In the first half, the Woodburn scoring came off the outside as the Bulldog backs bounced out to the sideline and in. As the game progressed Woodburn went back inside to attack the line, according to Kassebaum.

"We didn't know how they would line up against us because last week they played a completely different offense," Kassebaum said. "So that's what we started off with, attacking the edges and they moved people out. So we finally got patient with the ball to our fullbacks and they probably averaged 20 yards a carry or so. That was kind of the plan, was to see what they would take away and then go inside when they overloaded outside, and vice versa."

There are still areas that Woodburn's latest head coach would like his team to grow. While the run game has been utterly dominant, Kassebaum wants to see his team grow in its passing game a little more in anticipation of bigger matchups down the line.

"We've got a bunch of good, hard running backs and the line is executing well, so (we'd be) foolish to not continue running the ball because of the average we have," Kassebaum said. "But we do understand that down the road to beat the teams that we want to beat to be in the playoffs and to move on, we need to develop the passing game a little bit too."

The passing game and continued use of the running game will help propel the Bulldogs toward their seasons goals: winning six games and picking up a win in the postseason as well.

It's something that Beyer wants to round out his senior year.

"For this year our goal is win a playoff game for the first time in a long time for Woodburn," Beyer said. "Then, personal goals to just get every win I can get."

Woodburn (2-0) is scheduled to host Tillamook (0-2) on Friday, Sept. 16.

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