POWDER FINALLY BEATS CONDON
By C.J. Gish
Observer Staff Writer
NORTH POWDER Big plays sparked Powder Valley in its biggest win of the young season.
Playing the team that demolished the Badger football team the two previous seasons, No. 2 Powder Valley (2-0) never trailed and used its speed to beat visiting No. 5 Condon 44-32 Friday.
The last two years, its been 80-16 them, Powder Valley coach Alan Stanfield said. Plus, weve still got a little winning streak here. We didnt lose a game here last year.
The non-league contest was close throughout until Brody Turner took a kickoff at his own 34-yard line, broke two tackles and outraced Condons coverage down the right sideline for a 66-yard touchdown.
That gave the Badgers a 36-26 lead with 9:50 remaining in the fourth quarter.
But the big plays werent over.
With 1:39 left, the Badgers stopped Condon short of a first down when Riley Anderson caught a pass from Todd Shafter and gained only 9 yards on fourth-and-10.
Powder took advantage on the next play as Ryan Browne bounced outside and, with Turner as a blocking escort, went 76 yards for the Badgers final score.
Condon would score once again when Shafter found Randy Carnine for a 25-yard touchdown as time expired.
The contest started with neither team getting an upper hand.
Brad Feik recovered a fumble with 4:45 left in the first quarter at Powders 11.
The Badgers then marched 89 yards down the field with help from 20 yards of Condon penalties, an 18-yard run by Turner and a Todd Baxter short pass to Turner that turned into a 33-yard touchdown.
Shafter answered on Condons next drive by finding Anderson for 54 yards and then scampering 26 yards on a quarterback keeper to tie the score.
Both offenses scored on their next possessions, with Browne jumping on a loose ball in the end zone for a touchdown and Shafter running 70 yards.
Turner tipped the scales Powders way with a 4-yard run up the middle with 22 seconds left in the first half for a 22-14 lead.
Condon answered on its first drive in the third quarter as Shafter passed to a wide open Clint Griffith in the back of the end zone with a 12-yard strike.
Baxter responded on Powders next possession when he passed to Deven Thompson, who went 19 yards for a touchdown and a 28-20 Badger edge.
Condon would close within 28-26 early in the fourth quarter by going 85 yards in 14 plays, culminating with a Shafter 3-yard touchdown pass to Zachery Lantis, who grabbed the ball over Thompsons outreached hands.
Turner ended the day with 111 yard rushing and three catches for 46 yards. Browne added 94 yards rushing and Baxter had 60.
Shafter passed for 180 yards and added 158 yards on the ground.
Powder Valley travels to Cove Friday for its Old Oregon League opener.
Condon 8 6 6 12 32
Powder Valley 8 14 6 16 44
PV Brody Turner 33 pass from Todd Baxter (Ryan Browne run)
C Todd Shafter 26 run (Shafter run)
PV Browne fumble recovery in end zone (Turner run)
C Shafter 70 run (run failed)
PV Turner 4 run (pass failed)
C Clint Griffith 12 pass from Shafter (pass failed)
PV Deven Thompson 19 pass from Baxter (run failed)
C Zachary Lantis 3 pass from Shafter (pass failed)
PV Turner 66 kickoff return (Riley Martin pass from Baxter)
PV Browne 76 run (Thompson run)
C Randy Carnine 25 pass from Shafter (no conversion attempted)
RUSHING Condon, Shafter 24-158, Carnine 6-19. Powder Valley, Turner 15-111, Browne 7-94, Baxter 12-60, Thompson 7-45, Martin 2-4.
PASSING Condon, Shafter 14-28-0-180. Powder Valley, Baxter 7-24-0-79.
RECEIVING Condon, Bednar 5-67, R.Anderson 3-93, Carnine 2-35, Cates 2-16, Griffith 1-12, Lantis 1-3. Powder Valley, Turner 3-46, Browne 2-14, Thompson 1-19, Martin 1-0.
Leopards drop second straight to top-10 team
IONE Eighth-ranked Cove had a tough time stopping No. 9 Iones offense Friday.
The Cardinals used big rushing performances from Brad Burright and Andrew Rietmann, along with a precise short-passing game, to beat Cove 38-8.
Burright had 157 yards rushing and Rietmann added 100. Burright completed 10-of-15 passes for 90 yards.
Euell Macke put Cove (0-2) on the board in the fourth quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run. Macke had 56 yards rushing for the day. Jeffrey Manley led Cove with 67 yards on the ground.
Cove lost last week to sixth-ranked St. Paul. The Leopards open Old Oregon League play Friday against second-ranked Powder Valley.
Cove 0 0 0 8 8
Ione 8 8 14 8 38
I Adam Neiffer 11 pass from Brad Burright (Andrew Rietmann run)
I Rietmann 9 run (Adam McCabe pass from Burright)
I McCabe 4 pass from Burright (Neiffer pass from Burright)
I Rietmann 14 run (run failed)
I Ashley Roberts 3 run (Roberts run)
C Euell Macke 1 run (Macke run)
RUSHING Cove, Manley 13-67, Macke 11-56, Wright 7-38, Altenburg 1-2. Ione, Burright 21-157, Rietmann 20-100, Roberts 4-14, Christman 4-7, Gates 4-3, Neiffer 2-1, Campbell 1-(minus 3).
PASSING Cove, Wright 3-7-0-43, Manley 0-1-0-0. Ione, Burright 10-15-0-90, Christman 1-3-0-5.
RECEIVING Cove, Manley 2-25, Altenburg 1-18. Ione, McCabe 5-47, Neiffer 4-39, Rea 1-5, Rietmann 1-3.
Return to eight-man goes well for Wallowa
HUNTINGTON Wallowa opened its season with a crushing road victory over Harper-Huntington.
The Cougar football team easily dominated the Hornet-Locomotives 72-39 Friday.
I was pretty pleased. Our offensive linemen blocked pretty well and opened up some big holes, Wallowa coach Mitch Frye said. Our defense basically shut them down. We had three interceptions and a lot of blocked passes from linemen. It was a good team effort.
Brandon Burgess scored three touchdowns, Shane Byers added two and Casey Smergut had two. Randy Spaur caught three touchdowns.
The offensive totals were impressive as Smergut had 179 yards rushing, Byers added 149 and Burgess 136. Spaur had four catches for 119 yards and Burgess completed 5-of-6 passes for 132 yards and three touchdowns.
Wallowa 34 28 72
Harper-Huntington 14 25 39
Wallowa scoring not in order or complete
W Brandon Burgess 39 run (Casey Smergut run)
W Burgess 45 run (Burgess run)
W Shane Byers 10 run (run failed)
W Randy Spaur 48 pass from Burgess (Andrew Long run)
W Spaur 28 pass from Burgess (Smergut run)
W Burgess 20 run (Byers run)
W Spaur 40 pass from Burgess (conversion unknown)
W Smergut 60 run (conversion unknown)
W Smergut 50 run (conversion unknown)
RUSHING Harper-Huntington, not available. Wallowa, Smergut 13-179, S.Byers 17-149, Burgess 7-136, Allen 1-20, Long 7-3, D.Byers 4-(minus 2) , Brock 1-(minus 4).
PASSING Harper-Huntington, unknown. Wallowa, Burgess 5-6-0-132.
RECEIVING Harper-Huntington, unknown. Wallowa, Spaur 4-119, S.Byers 1-13.