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Bobcat offense fails to score against Nyssa

DROPPED PASS: Cove's Andy Altenburg loses a reception late in the Leopard's 44-24 victory over Arlington. (The Observer/PAT PERKINS).
DROPPED PASS: Cove's Andy Altenburg loses a reception late in the Leopard's 44-24 victory over Arlington. (The Observer/PAT PERKINS).

By The Observer

NYSSA Union had the right defense but for the second game in a row, the offense could not score.

Nyssa nipped the Bobcats 20-0 in Fridays Wapiti League prep football game, with Mike Kurtz scoring on two touchdown runs.

Our intensity was quite a bit better this weekend than it was last week versus Imbler, Union coach Wayne Herron said. Defensively at times we played really well, but we didnt tackle as well as we have been.

Kurtz had touchdown runs of 15 yards and 1 yard in the second quarter; he also kicked both extra points and finished with 55 yards rushing.

Dearl Kite led Nyssa with 79 yards rushing. Brock Holcomb added 97 yards on 7-of-12 passing.

Shae Prince paced Union with 55 yards rushing.

Prince also had 15 tackles defensively and Lucas Maples added 12.

Union (3-3 overall, 1-2 league) hosts Elgin Friday.

Union 0 0 0 0 0

Nyssa 0 14 6 0 20

N Mike Kurtz 15 run (Kurtz kick)

N Kurtz 1 run (Kurtz kick)

N Travis Sapp 17 pass from Brock Holcomb (kick failed)

Individual statistics

RUSHING Union, Prince 6-51, Kirby 12-33, Dunbar 3-8, Maples 7-(minus 1), M.Maley 1-(minus 3). Nyssa, Kite 12-79, Kurtz 7-55, Ishida 6-33, Holcomb 10-31, Talbott 1-15, Montoya 2-8, Edwards 1-4, Elsworth 1-4.

PASSING Union, Maples 2-13-2-40. Nyssa, Holcomb 7-12-0-97.

RECEIVING Union, Shankel 2-40. Nyssa, Kurtz 5-55, Ishida 1-25, Sapp 1-17.

Panthers rally for win

IMBLER The Imbler Panthers came from behind Friday for a 21-12 Wapiti League prep football victory over the Pine Eagle Spartans.

Pine Eagle scored first, but Imbler took the lead for good with two second quarter touchdown passes from Trevor Crow.

Our intensity, it just didnt match what we brought last weekend against Union, Imbler coach Lee Lowe said. We did not play as physical and emotional as we did the week before.

Lowe was pleased his team was able to turn things around.

It was nice to see them come back after we got down, he said.

Brandon Campbell caught a 45-yard touchdown pass from Crow in the second quarter, and Troy Hoskins two-point conversion reception put Imbler on top for good.

Crow threw a 20-yarder to Tyson Hoskins for another second quarter score.

Steven Skillings had Imblers third touchdown, a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Pine Eagles Judd Wright gained 124 yards rushing, including 66 on a fourth quarter touchdown run.

Crow completed 6-of-9 passes for 120 yards with one interception. Hoskins had 87 yards rushing for Imbler, which remained undefeated at 5-0, 3-0 in league.

Imbler plays Friday at Enterprise.

Pine Eagle 6 0 0 6 12

Imbler 0 15 0 6 21

PE Anderson 2 run (run failed)

I Brandon Campbell 45 pass from Trevor Crow (Troy Hoskins pass from D.Johnson)

I Tyson Hoskins 20 pass from Crow (D.Johnson kick)

I Steven Skillings 1 run (kick failed)

PE Judd Wright 66 run (run failed)

Individual statistics

RUSHING Pine Eagle, Wright 21-124, Anderson 26-81, Simpson 3-3, Cashe 4-0. Imbler Ty.Hoskins 19-87, Skillings 10-26, Crow 5-15, Bartell 3-(minus 1).

PASSING Pine Eagle, Cashe 3-5-2-34, Wright 0-3-1-0. Imbler, Crow 6-9-1-120.

RECEIVING Pine Eagle, Durr 2-25, Wright 1-9. Imbler, Campbell 3-89, Ty.Hoskins 2-28, Skillings 1-3.

Special teams help

ELGIN Josephs special teams helped ensure the Eagles only played half a game Friday night against Elgin.

Randal Eschler returned the opening kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown and Jeremy Dalton had a 74-yard punt return for a score in the Eagles 45-0 Wapiti League prep football victory over the Huskies.

The game ended at halftime because of the 45-point mercy rule.

Chris Garrett added a 10-yard interception return for a touchdown as part of Josephs 26-point first quarter.

Offensively they were very quick and aggressive, Elgin coach Ed Schumacher said, and I didnt have our kids prepared.

Marcus Wells threw touchdown passes of 42 and 38 yards to Tyler Nall, ran in a 1-yard touchdown and kicked three extra points.

Dusty Witherrite also had a 1-yard touchdown near the end of the second quarter.

Elgin (0-4 overall, 0-2 league) plays Friday at Union while Joseph (2-2, 1-2) hosts Stanfield in a non-league game.

Joseph 26 19 x x 45

Elgin 0 0 x x 0

J Randal Eschler 82 kickoff return (kick failed)

J Chris Garrett 10 interception return (Marcus Wells kick)

J Wells 1 run (kick failed)

J Tyler Nall 42 pass from Wells (Wells kick)

J Jeremy Dalton 74 punt return (kick failed)

J Nall 38 pass from Wells (Wells kick)

J Dusty Witherrite 1 run (kick failed)

Individual statistics

RUSHING Joseph, Eschler 6-42, Wells 5-33, Witherrite 7-20, Dalton 3-17, Lathrop 2-17, Gamboa 3-8, Strickland 2-(minus 4). Elgin, Williams 7-10, Eckstein 2-0.

PASSING Joseph, Wells 4-7-0-87. Elgin, Eckstein 7-22-3-46.

RECEIVING Joseph, Nall 2-80, Eschler 2-7. Elgin, Schumacher 5-36, Burgess 2-10.

Badgers rout Panthers

NORTH POWDER Todd Baxter made sure he didnt have to play in the second half Friday afternoon.

The Powder Valley sophomore quarterback threw six touchdown passes and led the third-ranked Badgers to a 58-8 victory over Prairie City in Old Oregon League prep football action.

The game ended at halftime because of the 45-point mercy rule.

We came out in a no-huddle offense and they didnt have four guys who could cover our four guys, Powder Valley coach Alan Stanfield said. Our line did a great job of giving Todd the time to throw.

The first quarter saw six touchdowns, five of them by Powder Valley (6-0). Brody Turner caught touchdown passes of 14 and 13 yards, and those sandwiched a 60-yard touchdown pass to Deven Thompson.

Riley Martin returned an interception 20 yards for a touchdown, but Prairie City returned the kickoff 78 yards for its only score.

Martin finished the first quarter with a 65-yard touchdown pass from Baxter.

Turner and Martin both got their third touchdowns of the game in the second quarter. Turners came on a 90-yard pass play from Baxter, and Martins was a 56-yarder.

Ryan Browne also had a 23-yard touchdown run.

Baxter completed 9-of-11 passes for 344 yards.

He gets better each game, Stanfield said. Ive always known he had a strong arm; its just getting him to relax and throw the ball.

Turner had four catches for 124 yards and Martin had three catches for 159 yards all touchdowns.

Powder only ran the ball 10 times and didnt hand off once to Turner, the teams leading rusher and receiver. Turner has bruised ribs and a hyperextended knee but will get much-needed rest as the Badgers have a bye next week.

Prairie City 8 0 x x 8

Powder Valley 38 20 x x 58

PV Brody Turner 14 pass from Todd Baxter (kick failed)

PV Deven Thompson 60 pass from Baxter (Riley Martin pass from Baxter)

PV Turner 13 pass from Baxter (David Dozhier pass from Baxter)

PV Martin 20 interception return (Martin pass from Baxter)

PC Molan 78 kickoff return (Molan run)

PV Martin 65 pass from Baxter (Martin pass from Baxter)

PV Turner 90 pass from Baxter (pass failed)

PV Ryan Browne 23 run (Dozhier run)

PV Martin 56 pass from Baxter (pass failed)

Individual statistics

RUSHING Powder Valley, Browne 3-29, Thompson 2-21, Dozhier 2-7, Baxter 3-1.

PASSING Powder Valley, Baxter 9-11-0-344.

RECEIVING Powder Valley, Turner 4-124, Martin 3-159, Thompson 1-60, Browne 1-1.

Leopards reach goals

COVE Cove set some lofty goals heading into Fridays non-league football game with Arlington, and they met them all.

The hosting Leopards mauled the Honkers, 48-24, behind strong rushing performances from Euell Macke, Jeffrey Manley and Wade Wright.

Mack and Manley each rushed for 111 yards apiece, and Wright added 98 yards rushing.

We wanted to make it over 400 yards in total offense, and we did that, Cove coach Rich Thew said. We also wanted to get three turnovers, and we did that with two interceptions and recovering one onside kick. We wanted to score more than the five touchdowns we had last week and we got six.

Cove (2-4 overall) took a 24-0 first quarter lead behind scoring runs of 3 yards from Macke, 3 yards from Manley and 30 yards from Wright.

In the second half, Manley added 31-yard touchdown run, and James Stolen plunged in from 1 yard out.

Manley scored his third touchdown of the day on an 18-yard pass from Wright.

John Pfel intercepted two passes to keep Arlington under wraps.

Cove hosts Prairie City in an Old Oregon League matchup next Friday.

Arlington 0 8 0 16 24

Cove 24 0 16 8 48

C Euell Macke 3 run (Lester Locken run)

C Jeffrey Manley 3 run (James Stolen run)

C Wade Wright 30 run (Locken run)

A Rosenbaum 12 run (pass good)

C Manley 31 run (Stolen run)

C Stolen 1 run (Locken run)

C Manley 18 pass from Wright (Locken pass from Wright)

A Rosenbaum 33 run (run good)

A No. 54 1 run (Rosenbaum run)

Individual statistics

RUSHING Arlington, Rosenbaum 15-121, No. 54 7-62, No. 91 7-33, No. 33 7-4. Cove, Macke 15-111, Manley 15-111, Wright 12-98, Pagliarulo 6-46, Frank 1-5, Stolen 2-3, Pfel 1-1, Marshall 2-0, McLaughlin 1-(minus 5), Hagey 2-(minus 5).

PASSING Arlington, Rosenbaum 9-18-2-78. Cove, Wright 3-5-0-32, Hagey 1-2-0-28, Pfel 0-1-1-0.

RECEIVING Arlington, No. 32 5-45, No. 33 4-33. Cove, McLaughlin 2-14, Marshall 1-28, Manley 1-18.

Wallowa scores 80

ADRIAN Wallowa just loves to rack up the points.

On Friday, the Cougars stomped hosting Adrian, 80-32, in a Class 1A non-league football contest.

It marked the third time in four games this season that Wallowa has surpassed 68 points.

The kids came out and played aggressive and mistake free, Wallowa coach Mitch Frye said. I felt we needed to rebound from the Powder Valley loss (on Sept. 21), and we did.

Wallowa jumped to a 32-6 first-quarter lead and was ahead 44-6 at the half.

Shane Byers scored four touchdowns on runs of 60, 55 and 13 yards. He added an 89-yard fumble return for another score, and he led the Cougars (3-1 overall) with 192 yards rushing.

Casey Smergut had 100 yards rushing and scored on runs of 30 and 24 yards.

Through the air, Brandon Burgess completed 7-of-8 passes for 102 yards with scoring strikes to Randy Spaur of 30 and 10 yards.

Spaur caught four passes for 52 yards and came up big in the special teams. The sophomore had scoring returns of 71 yards on a kickoff and 45 on a punt.

Wallowa travels to Jordan Valley Friday.

Wallowa 32 12 14 22 80

Adrian 6 0 12 14 32

Wallowa scoring not in order; Adrian statistics, scoring unavailable

W Casey Smergut 30 run (run failed)

W Shane Byers 55 run (run failed)

W Brandon Burgess 28 run (Burgess run)

W Spaur 10 pass from Burgess (run failed)

W S.Byers 13 run (run failed)

W Spaur 71 kickoff return (run failed)

W Smergut 24 run (run failed)

W Byers 60 run (Burgess run)

W Spaur 30 pass from Burgess (S.Byers run)

W Lee Allen 22 run (run failed)

W S.Byers 89 fumble return (Spaur pass from Burgess)

W Spaur 45 punt return (run failed)

Individual statistics

RUSHING Wallowa, S.Byers 10-192, Smergut 7-100, Burgess 5-36, Allen 7-46, Spaur 3-20, D.Byers 2-4, Swift 2-3.

PASSING Wallowa, Burgess 7-8-0-102.

RECEIVING Wallowa, Spaur 4-52, S.Byers 3-50.


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