POWDER VALLEY ROLLS IN SECOND-ROUND PLAYOFF
By Pierre LaBossire
Observer Staff Writer
NORTH POWDER This time, the Badgers didn't dawdle.
A week after going scoreless in the first quarter, the Powder Valley football team Friday took care of business literally right off the bat, scoring 24 points in the first quarter in the Badgers' second-round playoff game against Prairie City.
Powder Valley went on to win the game 60-12, sending the 9-0 Badgers to the state 1A quarterfinals Saturday.
"They were fired up," said coach Alan Stanfield.
The score was almost identical to the Badgers' first-round win over Harper-Huntington. Despite their slow start, the Powder Valley kids won that game 60-14 after scoring 54 points in the second quarter.
Powder Valley, ranked No. 1 in the state for most of the season, will either play Ione at home (the game is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday), or will go on the road to play defending 1A state champion Dufur.
"They've (Dufur) won three state championships in a row, and going for a fourth," said Stanfield.
Badgers quarterback Todd Baxter had his usual outstanding game against Prairie City. He was under big pressure most of the game and actually completed less than 50 percent of his passes, which is rare for him.
"They (Prairie City) switched defenses and found ways to cause us problems. They're a good football team," Stanfield said.
For all these problems with the Panthers' pressure, Baxter still had an average of nearly 20 yards per pass attempt, and he threw for two touchdowns.
But, whatever Baxter accomplished with his arm paled by comparison with what he did with his feet. He ran for 185 yards on eight carries (a 23.2 yard-per-rush average) and scored five rushing touchdowns.
The game was called with 4:30 left in the third quarter, but Powder Valley still amassed 450 yards of offense 311 on the ground and 139 through the air.
Deven Thompson had a big game with 185 total yards of offense. He caught five passes for 117 yards and a TD, and he ran for 68 yards on five carries. Cody Taylor also scored a 22-yard TD on a pass play.
On top of Powder Valley's usual eye-popping offensive stats, nose tackle and offensive lineman Brad Feik had an awesome game. Not only did he blow open a gaping hole for a 70-yard Baxter touchdown run, he had five quarterback sacks on defense. Kaycee Shroyer also had an interception which he ran back 40 yards.
Prairie City 0 12 0 - 12
Powder Valley 24 30 6 - 60
RUSHING Powder Valley, Baxter 8-185, Thompson 5-68, Dozhier 4-28, Taylor 1-25.
PASSING Powder Valley, Baxter 6-14-0-139.
RECEIVING Powder Valley, Thompson 5-117, Taylor 1-22.