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Home arrow Opinion arrow Football Friday: A look at local prep games for Sept. 27

Football Friday: A look at local prep games for Sept. 27

Union at Stanfield, Enterprise at Heppner, Imbler at Powder Valley, Arlington at Elgin, Joseph at Wallowa, Pine Eagle at Cove

 Union 

at Stanfield
WHEN: 7 p.m.
MEDIA: None

RECORDS:  Union 2-1; Stanfield 3-0
WHAT TO WATCH:  Offensive line, Union. The Bobcats line struggled to get a push against Grant Union during a 60-0 loss last week. Union finished with just 141 total yards of offense.

ABOUT THE GAME: Union needs to play more physical on the offensive side of the ball. 

The Bobcats got a good look at what a good 11-man program needs to look like against Grant Union. Unfortunately, the offense struggled to move the chains.

If the offensive line can create running lanes for Ty Coon, Chris Ross and Brooke Scantling, then Union has a chance to get points on the board.

Quarterback Aaron Clark had to learn the 8-man game, and is now trying to make the adjustment to the extra three players on the field. Clark needs to get more comfortable stretching the field vertically, because defenses stack the box to key in on the Union running attack.

Stanfield will be doing the same thing that Grant Union did last week — force the Bobcats to pass the ball.

PREDICTION: Stanfield 42, Union 6


 Enterprise at 

Heppner

WHEN: 7 p.m.

MEDIA: None

RECORDS: Enterprise 1-2; Heppner 3-0

PLAYER TO WATCH:  Brian Rill, running back, Heppner. Rill, a sophomore, is the featured back for the Mustangs. He’s averaging eight yards per carry with four touchdowns this year.

ABOUT THE GAME:

The Outlaws will have a tough time against one of the top teams in the Blue Mountain Conference after struggling with a team, Weston-McEwen, that will be at the bottom at the end of the season.

Entperise couldn’t sustain any offense against the Tiger-Scots, rushing for less than a yard per carry in the 12-0 loss. The Outlaws tried running 32 times and picked up 29 yards, with 21 coming on a single rush.

Enterprise has also struggled to move the ball through the air, completing two passes a week ago.

Heppner has a pair of wins over Class 3A schools this season, and beat Irrigon 36-0 in its conference opener last week.

The Mustangs’ speed will be too much for a rebuilding Enterprise squad.

• PREDICTION:  Heppner 45, Enterprise 0


Imbler 
at Powder Valley

WHEN: 7 p.m.

MEDIA: Audio will be streamed live on yourboomerradio.com and simulcast on 105.9 FM.

RECORDS:  Imbler 3-1; Powder Valley 2-1

WHAT TO WATCH:  Joe Griffin, running back, Imbler. Numbers don’t lie, and Griffin has 16 touchdowns in the last two weeks. Eight came on the ground last week with 436 rushing yards.

ABOUT THE GAME:

This game will be everything that 8-man football is about —scoring. 

Which team can make stops on defense, or forces the most turnovers will win.

Both teams have continued to improve during the season.

Tyler Tandy and Luke Siblernagle will be key for the Panthers, helping  divert attention from Griffin.

Powder Valley is getting healthy. Tyler Robinson and Jake Grammon have returned and Brock Jones may also make a return this week, giving the Badgers even more height on the field.

This game will more than likely decide the Old Oregon League title with not much opposition coming from the bottom of the league.

• PREDICTION:  Imbler 62, Powder Valley 45


Arlington
at Elgin
WHEN: 7 p.m.

MEDIA: None

RECORDS:  Arlington 0-3; Elgin 3-0

WHAT TO WATCH:  Defense, Arlington. The Honkers have been giving up points by the bunches. Elgin will look to establish the run game early, and Arlington will need to slow it down to have a chance.

ABOUT THE GAME:

Elgin’s offense has been too much for its opponents so far this season. The Huskies are averaging 41 points per game in their 3-0 start to the season.

Head coach Brock Eckstein’s defensive unit has found its footing the last two games, allowing 12 points to Harper-Huntington and shutting out Joseph.

The Huskies’ ground attack is getting better with the team adjusting to the wide-open spaces of 8-man football. Last week, Elgin amassed 384 yards on the ground against Joseph.

Arlington has had two quality opponents this season in Triangle Lake and Dufur. 

The Honkers’ offense has struggled to put points on the board, averaging 21 points per game, scoring 34 in a loss to Dayville-Monument. 

• PREDICTION: Elgin 48, Arlington 8


Joseph
at Wallowa

WHEN: 2 p.m.

MEDIA: Audio will be streamed live on kwvrradio.net and  simulcast on 92.1 FM.

RECORDS:  Wallowa 0-2; Joseph 0-3

WHAT TO WATCH:  Chandler Burns, running back, Wallowa. Burns, a freshman, rushed for four touchdowns in last week’s loss to Condon-Wheeler. Burns should succeed against Joseph’s defense.

ABOUT THE GAME:

 On the plus side, one team will get its first win of the season. An added bonus is that it will come in the Old Oregon League opener for both teams.

Ball security is going to be key with a chance of rain in the forecast.

Wallowa is coming off a  bye week following a loss to Condon-Wheeler. But, the Cougars’ offense has been more productive this season than Joseph.

Wallowa scored 32 points against the Knights and 22 points in the season-opening loss to Echo.

The Eagles offense has just four touchdowns in three games and is coming off a shutout loss to Elgin last week.

Joseph’s running game is sufficient, but the passing game needs to gain traction for a win.

• PREDICTION: Wallowa 32, Joseph 16


Pine Eagle at
Cove

WHEN: 7 p.m.

MEDIA: None

RECORDS:  Pine Eagle 2-2; Cove 0-4

WHAT TO WATCH:  Offensive line, Cove. The offensive line will need to do a better job in order to open up the running game to take pressure of quarterback Derek Murchison.

ABOUT THE GAME:

Cove has played a very difficult non-league schedule with a very young team. 

Leopards head coach Shawn Parker is hoping the experience from the preseason will now show up in its Old Oregon League opener.

Cove’s strength is in its running game, led by Chad Witty and Cole Laci.

Tayt Duby will also need to factor in the running game, with the speed to get to the outside.

The Spartans also rely on the running game to get points on the board. 

Jeff Rice is the featured running back for Pine Eagle. He had three touchdowns with 358 yards on 19 carries in last week’s loss to Perrydale.

In that loss, Pine Eagle completed just one pass, but it did go for a
49-yard touchdown. 

The game will come down to which team can tackle the best and avoid giving up the big run.

• PREDICTION:  Pine Eagle 34, Cove 22

 

 

 

 

 

 
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