POWDER VALLEY BURIES JEWELL 57-0
By Pierre LaBossire
Observer Staff Writer
NORTH POWDER The Powder Valley football players were actually quite worried about Jewell Saturday.
Perhaps fretting the details is what makes the Badgers so hard to beat. Powder Valley came out firing Saturday, swamping Jewell with 36 first-quarter points en route to a 57-0 whitewashing in a Class 1A quarterfinal.
The game was called at halftime because of an OSAA playoff mercy rule. The undefeated Badgers, ranked No. 1 in the state, are headed back to Hillsboro Stadium to face Mohawk Saturday. Mohawk is a strong team that has been on Powder Valley's radar all season. However, Mohawk has been beaten by McKenzie, which is in the other semifinal against Powers. Powers beat Cove 16-8 Saturday in Powers.
The Powder Valley players said Jewell, ranked No. 6 in the state, had them nervous coming into this game.
"We were worried sick all week, but it turned out good for us," said quarterback Todd Baxter. "All the guys were nervous before this game."
"We were jacked up all week," said receiver Kaycee Shroyer. "They're good, but coach tells us that if we play our game, no one can play with us."
The Badgers are known for their execution and speed, but in the game against the Blue Jays, they showed their strength and determination on two plays.
On the first play, Shroyer caught a pass from Todd Baxter at about the 10-yard line. A Jewell defender had him wrapped up, but Shroyer literally dragged his man six or seven yards, then dove into the end zone.
"There's not many defensive backs as big as me. I can run over most of them," explained Shroyer, listed at 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds.
On the other play, Baxter was drilled by a blitzing Jewell defender. With the Blue Jay player draped all over him, Baxter, a state discus and shot put champion, used his strength to stay on his feet and shovel the ball to Thompson, who found some daylight and scampered down the sideline for a big gain. Instead of a four or five-yard loss on a quarterback sack, the Badgers gained 30 yards on the play, which went into the books as a forward pass.
Coach Alan Stanfield agreed that Jewell looked good coming into the game. "On film, they looked really fast and athletic," he said.
Stanfield was pleased with the defense. Jewell managed only two first downs the whole game. Rick Stephens and Arden Perkins were terrors on the defensive line, putting pressure on the Jewell quarterback all game long. Stanfield also said a 55-yard interception return for a touchdown by Rylie Wendt was huge.
The Badgers ran for 187 yards and passed for 224. Baxter passed for three touchdowns and ran for one, while Shroyer and Thompson each scored two touchdowns.
Powder Valley 57, Jewell 0
Powder Valley 36 21 - - 57
Jewell 0 0 - - 0
PV Deven Thompson 8 run (Kaycee Shroyer pass from Todd Baxter)
PV Shroyer 6 pass from Baxter (Thompson pass from Baxter)
PV Shroyer 40 pass from Baxter (Cody Taylor run)
PV Rylie Wendt 55 interception return (PAT failed)
PV Thompson 23 pass from Baxter (PAT failed)
PV Baxter 30 run (Justin Deal kick)
PV Taylor 30 run (Justin Deal kick)
PV Justin Forman 25 run (Justin Deal kick)
Powder Valley individual statistics
Rushing Baxter 5-47, Taylor 4-45, Justus Gray 2-36, Forman 1-25, Jake Weems 2-16, Deal 2-10, Thompson 1-8.
Passing Baxter 10-16-0-195, Deal 1-1-0-29.
Receiving Thompson 6-127, Shroyer 3-75, Thomas Weems 2-22.