Leopards put up 80 in rout of Pine Eagle
HALFWAY — Senior Carl Grey intercepted a pass in the end zone Friday and returned it all the way for a score as the Leopards made a long road trip pay off.
Cove improved to 3-1 Friday with a decisive 80-20 road victory over the Pine Eagle Spartans.
The Leopards are tied with top-ranked Imbler and Wallowa in the Old Oregon League standings, all with 1-0 records.
Beau Knight led the Leopards on the ground with 122 yards, while Luke Bundren picked up 50 yards. Tayton Duby rushed for 28, while Tigh Tennis had 11 yards.
Duby returned one of the Pine Eagle kickoffs for a score and finished the day with 122 return yards.
Bundren threw for 276 yards through the air, while Derek Murchison tossed the ball for 98 more.
Grey was the favorite aerial target for the Leopards as he picked up 214 yards and scored one
Brandon Batty picked up 62 yards receiving and one score, while Drew Noble got 60 yards. Duby finished with 38 receiving yards.
According to Cove coach Shawn Parker, the Leopards had to warm up their defense a little Friday. “It took a couple series for our defense to settle in, but once they did they played Cove football,” he said.
The coach also praised the way the defense handled the Spartans.
“Jaden Moore made a nice interception, Tygh Tennis recovered a couple fumbles, Beau Knight and Sam Gekeler caused a couple fumbles.”
One of the game’s biggest plays caused a 14-point swing for the Leopards. Pine Eagle was driving for a score when they threw into the end zone. “Grey intercepted the pass in the end zone and ran it back 104 yards for a touchdown,” the Cove coach added.
“The whole defense came together and played as a unit. Offensively, we looked strong both in the air and on the ground,” Parker added.
The Leopards are still relying on a big mix of underclassmen.”
Freshman Chad Witty started at nose guard. We started a nice mix with freshman, sophomores, juniors and only three seniors.”
The victory also put the Leopards ahead of Echo in the state 1A football rankings. The Leopards moved to 11th, while Echo’s Cougars dropped their third straight game and fell to 12th in the latest poll.
Echo handed the Leopards a 54-42 loss on the road Sept. 7.
Bobcats lose hearbreaker
UNION — Union fell to Greenleaf (Idaho) 26-12 Friday in a game that left a sour taste in the mouths of the Bobcats.
Trailing 20-12 with 30 seconds left to play, Union scored an apparent touchdown only to have it called back due to a penalty.
The Bobcats then got the ball to the one yard line and were ready to punch it in but fumbled the ball.
Greenleaf recovered and took it all the way back for a score.
“It was a heartbreaker,” coach Jon Reynolds said.
“We outplayed them, but it was mistakes that cost us the game.”
Union had four touchdowns called back due to penalties in the game.
The Bobcats finished with 316 yards rushing, led by Ty Coon’s 241 yards on 21 carries.
Coon also scored a touchdown.
Aaron Clark had 59 yards rushing on 11 carries and a score.
He also completed five of eight passes for 74 yards.
The loss drops Union to 1-4 on the year entering a bye week this week.
The Bobcats will be back in action Oct. 12 when they host Arlington in Union’s homecoming game.
Greenleaf improves to 4-1 with the victory.
Outlaws drop first game, 26-14
ENTERPRISE — Enterprise fell to 3-1 with a 26-14 loss to Heppner in a Blue Mountain Conference contest Friday.
The Mustangs jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and stretched it to 26-7 at halftime.
The Outlaws scored a late touchdown in the fourth quarter, but the outcome was never in doubt as Heppner improved to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in the BMC.
The Tigers rushed for 212 yards, led by Aiden Wright’s 139 yards on 24 carries.
Stephen Thompson threw for 51 yards on four of seven attempts.
The Outlaws are now 1-1 in the BMC and host Grant Union Friday.