Badgers blank Wallowa, 69-0
NORTH POWDER — Powder Valley did something Friday it hasn’t done in almost a decade.
It held an opponent scoreless.
But the Badgers’ 69-0 victory was also the first time any of the seniors had defeated the Cougars.
Wallowa had won four straight battles since 2007, when a Powder Valley squad traveled to claim a 64-46 win on its way to an 8-2 record.
It is also only the third time since 2003 that the Badgers have defeated Wallowa.
The victory Friday moved the Badgers to 4-4 for the season and 3-1 in Old Oregon League play.
That puts the Badgers alone in second place in the Old Oregon standings, one game behind undefeated Imbler. Cove and Pine Eagle are tied for third with 2-2 records. Wallowa fell to 1-3 in league, while Joseph is winless (0-4).
“It has been about eight years since we have had a shutout,” Powder Valley coach Dan Townsend told his players in the end zone after the game.
That shutout came with a dominant defensive performance that accounted for seven sacks and left Wallowa quarterback Wes Conrad scrambling for his survival.
Wallowa’s senior signalcaller was dangerous, Townsend said. “We knew we had to keep him from getting any big plays. He can run and he can really throw the ball. We pretty much did that. They only got a couple of them,” the Powder Valley coach said.
One of Conrad’s biggest problems was keeping away from Powder Valley’s Tyler Robinson.
“He had at least four sacks all by himself,” Townsend said.
The coach gave credit to his defensive coordinator Jared Young for a defensive game plan that blitzed the Cougars all night.
The problems for Wallowa started with the opening kickoff.
The Cougars started their first posession of the game inside the five-yard line.
They were able to move the ball away from the goal line, but quickly had to give it the Badgers.
That was when the scoring deluge began.
With 9:36 on the clock, Chace Dixon connected on a 36-yard pass to Robinson.
On the next Wallowa possession, a penalty and a sack by Powder Valley’s Shae Wendt forced the Cougars to punt. Quin Stephens returned the ball to the Wallowa 38-yard line.
Then Townsend unleashed the ‘big gun’ in his offensive arsenal.
Colton Eubanks picked up more than nine yards in his first run. On the next play, Eubanks took it the rest of the way into the end zone for a 30-yard scoring jaunt.
That was just the first of five touchdowns on 12 carries — while picking up 324 yards. The senior averaged 27 yards per carry.
The Badgers held a 14-0 lead with 6:42 left.
Wallowa tried to rally, using a key fourth-down pass to move the ball to the Powder Valley 37-yard line. Three plays later, the Cougars were facing another fourth down inside the 30-yard line.
The Cougars called a time out, needing to pick up three more yards for a first down. Instead, Conrad was sacked, giving the Badgers the ball on the 38 and ended the threat.
With 3:11, the Badgers handed the ball off to Eubanks. He didn’t stop for 62 yards, until he was in the end zone, giving Powder Valley a 20-0 lead with 2:54 left in the quarter.
Wallowa struggled on the next possession, but a second sack in four plays gave the Badgers the ball again in Wallowa territory.
Eubanks picked up five yards to the Wallowa 34 to start a short drive that ended with a touchdown with one second left in the quarter. Eddy Bedolla added an extra-point, giving the Badgers a 29-0 lead.
After Wallowa was forced to punt, Powder Valley started on their own 30.
But on the next play, Eubanks was sprinting into the end zone on a 70-yard score.
The lead stayed 35-0 at halftime. It took about 30 seconds to change that in the third quarter, making it 43-0 on the scoreboard.
Brock Jones’ interception gave Powder Valley the ball at midfield and Stephens scored a touchdown with 8:59 left in the third quarter.
Five minutes later, Eubanks scored on another long run, giving the Badgers a 55-0 lead with 4:21 left in the quarter.
Powder Valley picked up two more scores — one by Eubanks and the final one by freshman Sean Stanford — his first touchdown.
The Badgers have a bye week before traveling to Joseph for the league finale.
But Friday’s win may have been enough to earn Powder Valley a home game in the first round of the state playoffs — if the team can finish with a 4-1 record in league.
“The team can use the time off to get healthy, but I hate to have it now,” Townsend said. “The team has really improved since the season began and is working well together.”
Stephens finished the game with eight carries for 101 yards, two rushing touchdowns and one reception. Tyler Robinson had one catch for 51 yards and a score, while freshman Sean Stanford picked up 25 yards and one touchdown on five carries.
Powder Valley quarterback Chace Dixon finished the game with one carry for 38 yards and hit two of his three passes for 48 yards and one score.