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GOING FOR FIVE TDs: Cove's Cody Savage slashes for one of his five touchdowns Friday against Prairie City. The Leopards are off to a 3-0 start and have a huge showdown next week against Wallowa. (The Observer/PIERRE LaBOSSIERE).
GOING FOR FIVE TDs: Cove's Cody Savage slashes for one of his five touchdowns Friday against Prairie City. The Leopards are off to a 3-0 start and have a huge showdown next week against Wallowa. (The Observer/PIERRE LaBOSSIERE).

By Pierre LaBossire

Observer Staff Writer

COVE — The Cove football boys threw a Savage one-two punch at Prairie City, and ran off with a 62-6 romp over the previously unbeaten Panthers.

Cody Savage scored five touchdowns and Nate Savage added a TD of his own as the reborn Leopards won their home opener and moved to 3-0 on the season.

"Aren't you glad you came out?" Cove player Thomas Shaw said to the home crowd after the game.

Cody Savage ended up with more than 270 of total yards, while Nate Savage had 90 yards receiving and rushing.

Cove actually struggled at first on offense as several of the Leopards' early drives stalled, including a drive inside the prairie City 10-yard line.

But, Cody Savage provided all the sparks in the first quarter. On the first play of the game, he had a 77-yard kickoff return for a TD.

Moments later, on a punt return, Cody Savage let the ball skip past him. He ran back to pick up the ball, avoided one tackler, then bobbling the ball in the middle of his run, sprinted 78 yards for another touchdown.

He also gained 121 yards from scrimmage and scampered for three more scores from 18, 24 and 30 yards out. He gave all the credit to his line.

"It's our line. Our line is incredible," said Cody. "Without our line, we wouldn't be anything."

Savage said he played 11-man football in Wyoming last year, but is enjoying the transition to 8-man.

"I'm having fun. It's a great coach and a great team," Savage said.

Coach Skip Pereira was concerned about the Leopards' struggles on offense early.

"We're still inconsistent. I'm concerned about our blocking," he said.

Pereira said the team did play well on defense and special teams. In addition to Cody Savage's two TDs, Andy Altenburg had a blocked punt.

Pereira said the players really "swarmed" to ball carriers. Cove gave up just 170 yards of offense, and the Leopards' defensive backs also came up with four interceptions.

Josh Pfel threw a 38-yard TD pass to Nate Savage, while Jason Hagey completed two passes for 65 yards.

There was one down note to the game. A Prairie City player injured his back on a tackle and had to be taken off the field in an ambulance. Pereira said x-rays on the player were negative.

Cove has a huge game next week, going up to Wallowa to take on a good and speedy Cougars squad. Wallowa gave No. 1-ranked Powder Valley a fair amount of trouble Friday, though the Cougars fell 76-50.

Cove 62, Prairie City 6

Prairie City 0 0 6 0 — 6

Cove 12 14 14 22 — 62

C — Cody Savage 77 kickoff return (PAT failed)

C — Cody Savage 78 punt return (PAT failed)

C — Cody Savage 18 run (PAT failed)

C — Nate Savage 38 pass from Josh Pfel (Pfel run)

PC — Davis 15 run (PAT failed)

C — Cody Savage 24 run (Sofe PAT)

C — Cody Savage 30 run (PAT failed)

C — Bubba Moore 20 INT return (Tanner Marshall PAT)

C — Marshall 2 run (PAT good)

Individual statistics

RUSHING — Prairie City, Moulton 10-15, Davis 9-26, Rockhill 7-5, Wheeler 9, Lovell 37. Cove, Nate Savage 13-52, Pfel 5-10, Cody Savage 9-121, Chris Taylor 3-(-3), Andy Altenburg 2-31, Raage Sofe, 5-17, Jason Hagey 6-6, Cole Pagliarulo 1-10, Moore 2-10.

PASSING — Prairie City, Rockhill 6-14-4-78, Wagner 0-1-0-0. Cove, Pfel 1-3-0-38, Hagey 2-3-0-65.

RECEIVING — Prairie City, Wagner 3-22, Jackson 1-24, Lovell 1-10, Davis 1-18. Cove, Taylor 1-38, Pfel 1-27, Nate Savage 1-38.


WALLOWA — In a Wild West Old Oregon League 8-man shootout, the Powder Valley football boys had a few more bullets in their guns, as they held off a game Wallowa squad Friday 76-50.

Powder Valley (4-0, 1-0 in OOL) held a 24-0 lead at one point in this game, but Wallowa rallied to make the Badgers work for this win.

"Last year we would've quit. We fought back and made a game of it," Wallowa coach Greg Oveson said of his 2-1 team. He said some of the Wallowa boys might have been intimidated by the No. 1-ranked Badgers at the beginning of the game, and some of them might have been too pumped up.

Powder Valley racked up 683 yards of total offense as Todd Baxter finally broke out some huge passing stats. Baxter threw for 423 yards and eight touchdowns. The Badgers' Deven Thompson caught 12 balls for 235 yards and six touchdowns. Cody Taylor caught six balls for 124 yards and two touchdowns for Powder Valley.

For Wallowa, Jake Redfield gained 174 yards on 14 carries and scored a TD, while Ryan Harshfield caught nine passes for 136 yards and a TD. Randy Spaur had an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. He also threw for a TD and ran for two others.

Powder Valley coach Alan Stanfield was impressed with Wallowa.

"We had some breakdowns in our pass coverage. They (Wallowa) never stopped fighting back. They're a tough team. It was a dandy of a game," Stanfield said.

Oveson said five turnovers hurt Wallowa's cause, but he also praised Powder Valley as a very good team.

"I think they're really good. They're better than last year," said Oveson.

Wallowa must next gear up for a home game Friday against a very good 3-0 Cove team.

Powder Valley hosts Prairie City Friday.

— Pierre LaBossire

Powder Valley 76, Wallowa 50

Powder Valley 24 32 20 0 — 76

Wallowa 8 16 14 12 — 50

PV — Todd Baxter 62 pass to Deven Thompson (Deal run)

PV — Thompson 21 pass from Baxter (Baxter run)

PV — Thompson 18 pass from Baxter (Cody Taylor run)

W — Patrick Green 1 run (Ryan Harshfield pass from Green)

PV — Taylor 13 pass from Baxter (Taylor pass from Baxter)

PV — Baxter 41 run (Taylor pass from Baxter)

W — Green 1 run (Randy Spaur pass from Green)

PV — Thompson 20 pass from Baxter (Thompson pass from Baxter)

W — Harshfield 20 pass from Spaur (Harshfield pass from Green)

PV — Thompson 3 pass from Baxter (Kaycee Shroyer pass from Deal)

W — Spaur 80 kick return (Spaur pass from Green)

PV — Taylor 15 pass from Baxter (PAT failed)

W — Spaur 2 run (PAT failed)

PV — Baxter 1 run (PAT failed)

PV — Thompson 10 pass from Baxter (Shroyer pass from Baxter)

W — Spaur 3 pass from Green (PAT failed)

W — Jake Redfield 24 run (PAT failed)

Individual statistics

RUSHING — Powder Valley, Todd Baxter 14-146, Deven Thompson 7-76, Cody Taylor 4-47, Justus Gray 1-14. Wallowa, Redfield, 14-174, Spaur 9-8, Harshfield 1-1, Green 4-(-21).

PASSING — Powder Valley, Baxter 28-49-1-423. Wallowa, Green 9-26-3-101, Redfield 1-1-0-25, Spaur 1-1-0-20.

RECEIVING — Powder Valley, Thompson 12-235, Taylor 6-124, Arden Perkins 3-8, Kaycee Shroyer 3-14, Justin Forman 2-6, Thomas Weems 2-36. Wallowa, Harshfield 9-136, Spaur 2-10.


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