Panthers keep top seed with one week to play, Badgers win week
IMBLER — The Imbler football team locked up the Special District 4 title with a 57-14 win over Cove Friday on senior appreciation day.
With the win, the Panthers improved to 4-0 in district and 7-1 overall, and held on to the top spot the OSAA state rankings.
The win keeps Imbler a game ahead of Powder Valley in the district standings with one game left in the district schedule. The Panthers own the head-to-head tie breaker.
Imbler’s senior quarterback Kyle Johnson led the attack through the air, on the ground and on defense.
Known more for his play behind center, Johnson menaced the Cove offense with a pair of interceptions.
Johnson ended the game 11-of-22 passing for 187 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. The senior also ran for 79 yards with a touchdown.
Running back Joe Griffin ran for 68 yards on 10 carries with a pair of touchdowns, and reeled in passes for 127 yards with two touchdowns.
Clint Porter caught four passes for 75 yards with two touchdowns.
The Panther defense forced five turnovers on the day. Riley Merrigan had an interception, giving Imbler three on the day.
Imbler will close out the district schedule at Pine Eagle. Kickoff is set for
WALLOWA — An efficient first quarter allowed Powder Valley head coach Dan Townsend to rest his starters and grab an important 56-20 Special District 4 win Friday at Wallowa.
The win takes the pressure off the Badgers next week, clinching a state playoff spot with a 3-1 record in Special District 4. With the Cove loss to Imbler Friday, Powder Valley is in second place by a game over the Leopards, and holds the head-to-head tie-breaker.
Powder Valley built a 28-0 lead after one quarter and pushed the advantage to 50-6 at the half.
“The boys played very well this weekend,” Townsend said. “(Stephens) ran the ball strong early opening up the passing game for us. Chace (Dixon) had a great first half with Tyler (Robinson) and Jake (Grammon).
“Defensively Quin, Jake and Chace made lots of good plays for us. It was a good weekend for the younger kids as well.”
Dixon finished the game 10-of-13 for 140 yards with two touchdowns. He also gained 35 yards on the ground with a score.
Stephens needed four rushing attempts to rack up 80 yards on the ground with a touchdown. He reeled in six passes for 56 yards with a touchdown.
Grammon finished the day with 66 total yards of offense with a pair of touchdowns.
Freshman Seth Dixon took over in the second quarter behind center and completed 5-of-8 passing attempts for 62 yards and a touchdown. He picked up 64 yards on six carries with a score.
Seth Dixon led the team with 15 tackles.
Chace Dixon and Stephens each finished with 12 tackles.
Grammon had six tackles, with five for a loss of yards.
Powder Valley closes out the district schedule against Joseph at 7 p.m. Friday.
JOSEPH — The Joseph football team earned a 56-34 Special District 4 victory over Pine Eagle Friday night.
The Eagles snap a two-game losing streak with the win and improve to 2-5 overall and 2-2 in district.
The Spartans fall to 3-5 overall and 1-3 in district.