Bobcats outmatched in 44-14 loss to Cougars at Dufur Football Classic
DUFUR — The Crow Cougars roared out to a 28-0 lead in the first quarter and cruised to a 44-14 victory over Union Friday in the Dufur Football Classic.
Logan Drullinger led the Cougars on a ground assault that chewed up the Bobcats for 390 yards rushing. Drullinger needed just nine caries to pick up 136 yards in the season opener for both teams. Tanner Eastlick picked up 92 yards on 12 carries, while Sam Jetzsch had 66 yards on 13 attempts. Six rushers finished in double digits for the Cougars against the Union defense.
Cougar quarterback Brayden Anderson only completed eight of his 13 passes, but they were good for 190 yards and three touchdowns as Crow overpowered the visiting Bobcats. He also gave up one interception to the Bobcats.
Drullinger was also the leading receiver for Crow, with three catches for 88 yards and two scores.
After taking a 28-0 lead by the end of the first quarter, the Cougars added one more score before the half while Union found the end zone for its first score of the night and made it a 36-6 halftime lead.
The Cougars finalized their scoring in the third quarter to take a 44-6 lead before the Bobcats rallied for a score in the final eight minutes to cut the lead to 44-14.
Union was playing without quarterback Kaleb Poor, who sat out with a quad injury.
Instead, it was Aaron Clark under center for the Bobcats.
Three of the Cougars notched sacks in the game, while the Bobcats gave up three fumbles.
“We made a few early mistakes then settled down,” Union coach Jon Reynolds said.
“We had some early first game jitters.”
The loss drops the Bobcats to 0-1 while Crow takes a 1-0 record to Alsea Friday. Union will hold its season home opener against Pine Eagle.
“We have some things to work on. But everyday the kids are learning,” Reynolds said.
“I think once they get that first win under their belt they’ll get some confidence.”
Reynolds added that of the 25 kids out for the team this season, 14 of them are freshmen.
The Spartans lost to Jordan Valley by a 52-0 margin Friday.
Last season, the Spartans were 0-5 before they went 2-0 for two weeks in Old Oregon League play against Powder Valley (70-22) and Wallowa (44-22).
Pine Eagle finished the 2011 season with a 2-7 record.