POWDER VALLEY FINISHES OFF CONDON EARLY
By C.J. Gish
Observer Staff Writer
NORTH POWDER So much for playing a full football game.
North Powder coach Alan Stanfield thought playing Condon in the first round of the Class 1A state playoffs Saturday would mean his team would play four quarters for the first time since Sept. 28.
Instead, Powder Valley (10-0) dominated the visiting Blue Devils, 51-6. The final score came less than two minutes into the third quarter.
If we keep winning in less than four quarters, thats fine with me, Stanfield said.
The Badgers will travel Saturday to Hare Field in Hillsboro, where they will play St. Paul, a 52-6 winner over Powers, in the semifinals.
In what was supposed to be a closer matchup Powder edged Condon 44-32 on Sept. 7 it was all Badgers.
Even with star tailback Brody Turner, who was ill all week during practice, the Badgers turned to their other weapons.
I couldnt do what I usually do, but I really didnt have to do it, Turner said. Everyone else did it. It was just amazing.
Deven Thompson recovered a Powder Valley onside kick to start the second half at Condons 43-yard line. Five plays later, Todd Baxter found Martin on a screen pass for a 12-yard touchdown. A Baxter extra-point kick made it 51-6 with 10:49 left in the third quarter. The game was called on the 45-point mercy rule.
Everything went our way, said Baxter, the Badgers sophomore quarterback and defensive back. The line actually did it for us. They gave me plenty of time.
Baxter ended the day with 102 yards rushing and was 11-of-19 passing for 189 yards.
The onside kick recovery was just one of many times during the contest the ball bounced Powders way. Many of those plays involved Baxter.
I credit Todd. Especially for being a sophomore quarterback, he stepped up and made excellent decisions, senior Riley Martin said.
After being stopped on its opening drive, Powder got the ball back when Condon quarterback Todd Shaffer tried to convert a third-and-9 from the Powder 40.
Instead, Baxter leaped in front of the Blue Devils receiver for an interception and a 10-yard return.
Two plays later, Baxter found a hole and raced down the right sideline for 22 yards. As he was being tackled, Baxter pitched the ball to tailback Turner, who ran the final 32 yards untouched for a score.
Condon scored on its next drive, going 56 yards in 11 plays with running back Randy Carnine plunging in for a 1-yard score, cutting the Badgers lead to 8-6.
From there the explosion began. Powder Valley scored 36 points in the second quarter, starting with Baxters 12-yard touchdown run.
A Thompson interception set up the Badgers next touchdown. Following a Turner 3-yard loss and a Baxter incomplete pass, a scrambling Baxter found Martin for a short completion. Ryan Browne sprung Martin for a 66-yard score when Browne blocked the last Condon defender in Martins way.
Trailing 24-6, Condon mounted its last threatening drive of the contest, getting to Powders 4. But on fourth-and-2, nose tackle Brad Feik burst past Condons center and forced Shaffer into an incomplete pass.
From there, Baxter used heads-up play, finding Turner for a 9-yard pass and Thompson for 37 yards.
Then came one of the weirdest plays of the game as the ball was hiked and hit Baxter in the facemask. With Condon defenders baring down on him, Baxter got the ball to Turner, who broke outside and raced 45 yards for a touchdown.
A Martin fumble recovery on Condons next possession set up Baxter for a 39-yard touchdown run, and Powder scored again on a 57-yard, 10-play drive with 23 seconds remaining in the half on a Baxter 7-yard sweep.
Turner finished with 105 yards rushing, and Martin had three catches for 84 yards.
Shaffer was held to 71 yards rushing and eight yards passing, going 1-for-12 with two interceptions.
Condon 6 0 0 x 6
Powder Valley 8 36 7 x 51
PV Brody Turner 54 run (Riley Martin pass from Todd Baxter), 6:33
C Randy Carnine 1 run (pass failed), 2:25
PV Baxter 12 run (Martin pass from Baxter), 11:28
PV Martin 66 pass from Baxter (Devin Thompson run), 10:07
PV Turner 45 run (Baxter run), 5:54
PV Baxter 39 run (pass failed), 3:04
PV Baxter 7 run (run failed), :23
PV Martin 12 pass from Baxter (Baxter kick), 10:49
RUSHING Condon, Shaffer 11-71, Bendar 5-31, Carnine 6-12. Turner 6-105, Baxter 8-102, Martin 2-24, Thompson 1-18, R.Browne 1-5.
PASSING Condon, Shaffer 1-12-2-8. Powder Valley, Baxter 11-19-0-189.
RECEIVING Condon, Bendar 1-8. Powder Valley, Martin 3-84, Turner 3-32, R.Browne 2-16, Thompson 1-37, Dozhier 1-13, Dean 1-7.