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HEADING UP FIELD: Josh Pfel of Cove looks for an opening against Ione's defense in the season opener Friday afternoon. Ione beat Cove 48-34. (The Observer/PIERRE LABOISSIERE).
HEADING UP FIELD: Josh Pfel of Cove looks for an opening against Ione's defense in the season opener Friday afternoon. Ione beat Cove 48-34. (The Observer/PIERRE LABOISSIERE).

By Pierre LaBossire

Observer Staff Writer

If not for a rough third quarter, a determined Cove football team might have given Ione a pretty good run for its money.

Ione held the ball for almost the entire third quarter, and ended up scoring 20 points in a three-and-a-half minute span en route to a 48-34 win over the Leopards Friday.

Ione was ahead 40-6 after three quarters, and Cove outscored the Cardinals 28-8 in the fourth, after Ione put in a number of its substitutes.

The Cardinals' Andrew Rietmann was a one-man wrecking crew. He gained 194 yards on 23 carries and scored five touchdowns.

Josh Pfel had a great game for Cove. He scored two touchdowns — one of which was of a spectacular variety — and had two interceptions, both of which he ran back for more than 30 yards.

Coach Richard Thew said he knew going into the game he had a young team that was going to make mistakes. "The important thing is learning from mistakes, and I saw a lot of learning going on," he said.

Thew said he was pleased with his team's pass defense. In addition to the two picks, the Leopards held the Cardinals to only 47 yards through the air.

Starting quarterback John Pfel hurt an ankle early in the game while playing defense, and was forced to leave. Sophomore Jason Hagey filled in admirably. He ran for two touchdowns and threw for another to Euell Macke.

Tanner Marshall also had 176 total yards of offense on nine carries and three catches.

It was actually a hard-fought and exciting first half. Though Ione built up a 20-0 lead, the Leopards made a bid at the end of the half to get right back in the thick of things.

Josh Pfel intercepted the ball near midfield with only a few seconds left in the half. He ran the ball all the way back to the 13-yard line with six seconds left before intermission.

With only one play left in the half, Hagey lofted a pass into the corner of the end zone in Josh Pfel's direction. It appeared that Pfel didn't have a prayer to catch the ball and stay inbounds, but he made an amazing play, managing to snag ahold of the ball while dragging his toes in the end zone for a score. Pfel admitted that at first, he had his doubts on that play.

"I didn't think I was going to get to it, but I just jumped" and caught the ball, he said.

Ione 8 12 20 8 — 48

Cove 0 6 0 28 — 34

I — Rietmann 23 run (Rietmann pass from Christman)

I — Thompson 27 pass from Christman (point after failed)

I — Rietmann 1 run (point after failed)

C — Josh Pfel 13 pass from Hagey (point after failed)

I — Rietmann 2 run (Thompson pass from Christman)

I — Rietmann 45 run (point after failed)

I — Rietmann 39 run (point after failed)

I — Christman 12 run (Satterly run)

C — Macke 23 pass from Hagey (point after failed)

C — Hagey 17 run (Macke run)

C — Hagey 1 run (point after failed)

C — Josh Pfel 2 run (Marshall run)

Individual statistics

RUSHING — Ione, Rietmann 23-194, Christman 6-59, Thompson 3-32, Gates 4-2. Cove, Marshall 9-140, John Pfel 10-44, Macke 7-41, Hagey 7-20, Josh Pfel 2-17, Locken 1-16, Pagliaro 2-4.

PASSING — Ione, Christman 5-20-2-47. Cove, Jason Hagey, 5-9-0-79, John Pfel, 1-2-0-10.

RECEIVING — Ione, Gutierrez, 2-13, Thompson, 1-27, Mike Radie 1-4. Cove, Marshall 2-36, Macke 2-33, Josh Pfel, 2-30.


WALLOWA — Wallowa coach Greg Oveson thought the game could have been closer, but the Dufur Rangers would have nothing of it.

Dufur dominated the Cougars 70-28 in Friday's non-league eight-man football game, though the score could have been closer than 38-6 at halftime.

"We were inside the 10-yard line twice and inside the 20-yard line four times and never scored," Oveson said. "They had three kickoff returns for touchdowns."

Wallowa had to settle for a couple of 100-yard efforts from running backs Randy Spaur and Jake Redfield. Spaur had 13 carries for 143 yards, while Redfield carried the ball nine times for 131 yards.

Each scored a rushing touchdown, and Spaur added a 64-yard touchdown reception as part of his seven catches for 111 yards.

Ryan Harshfield also scored a touchdown for Wallowa and caught five passes for 77 yards.

Oveson was pleased that his team did not back down from the defending state champions. Starting quarterback Jeff Kendall was injured, and Dustin Byers and Patrick Green ably replaced him, Oveson said.

Wallowa has next week off, then starts the Old Oregon League season Sept. 20 at Crane.

Dufur 26 12 6 26 — 70

Wallowa 6 0 6 16 — 28

W — Randy Spaur 7 run

W — Jake Redfield 25 run

W — Ryan Harshfield 35 pass

W — Redfield 64 pass

Individual statistics

RUSHING — Wallowa, Spaur 13-143, Redfield 9-131, Silveira 5-(minus 6), Byers 3-(minus 16), Kendall 2-(minus 34).

PASSING — Wallowa, Kendall 5-10-0-124, Green 6-8-0-70, Byers 5-8-1-63.

RECEIVING — Wallowa, Spaur 7-111, Harshfield 5-77, Long 3-34, Redfield 1-35.

— Observer Staff Reports


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