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Panthers maul St. Paul, Elgin continues streak

DUFUR — Joe Griffin helped run Imbler’s record to 3-1 in an 82-46 victory over St. Paul Friday. Griffin rushed for 453 yards on 20 carries and found the end zone eight times.

Luke Silbernagle had three catches for 74 yards and a touchdown for the Panthers, and both Ben Kahoho and Klint Porter added touchdown catches in the win.

Kyle Johnson completed 6-of-10 passes for 161 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 76 yards on eight attempts.

Imbler opens the Old Oregon League schedule Friday at Powder Valley starting at 7 p.m.

Huskies go to 3-0

JOSEPH — The Elgin football team defeated Joseph 42-0 Friday night, improving the Huskies’ record to 3-0 on the season.

Elgin had 436 yards of offense for the game, with 384 yards coming on the ground. Elgin held Joseph to 120 yards of offense.

“We wanted to run it on them until they could prove they could stop it,” Elgin head coach Brock Eckstein said.

Hayden Bershenyi had 37 rushing yards and three touchdowns for Elgin. Chris Roberts rushed for 97 yards, had 12 tackles and an interception. Jordan Vermillion finished with 146 all-purpose yards, and both Gavin Christenson and Gage Little found the end zone.

Stephen Howes had two sacks, two forced fumbles and 11 tackles.

“The kids are really getting the hang of it,” Eckstein said of the Huskies transition to 8-man football. “We didn’t know how it was going to go (at the start of the season). But the kids are pretty excited about (the start).”

Elgin has a bye this week and will travel to play Arlington Oct. 4 at 3 p.m.

Joseph falls to 0-3 with the loss and plays at Wallowa Friday at 2 p.m.

Bobcats drop home opener 

UNION -— The Bobcats didn’t get on the scoreboard Friday, but got a winning lesson during a loss to Grant Union.

“The outcome wasn’t a surprise,” Union head coach Jon Reynolds said. “But, the effort was there. It was great to the the kids’ heads up throughout the whole game.”

From start to finish the Prospectors owned the game, showcasing speed and fundamentals during a 60-0 win. 

“We told the team after the game that if they continue to work hard, we can get to that level,” Reynolds said. “We’re young across the field. It’s a game to learn from and move on. I’m very confident the team will do that.”

The Bobcats entered the game with two games worth of 11-man experience on the roster. Compared to the long history, and long list of seniors, to that of Grant Union and the lopsidedness was more apparent.   

Grant Union started 11 seniors, while the Bobcats have three listed on their roster, but one is out for football for the first time.

Ty Coon, one of those seniors, led Union with 56 yards on the ground with 21 carries.

Chris Ross and Brooke Scantling rushed for 21 and 17 yards, respectively.

Sophomore Aaron Clark completed two passes for 19 yards and added 28 yards on nine rushing attempts.

The Bobcats nearly got on the board before the half, but the field goal was signaled no good after further discussion by the officials.

Union will travel to Stanfield for a 7 p.m. game Friday.

Badgers sink Pirates

NOTUS, Idaho — The Powder Valley football team got caught looking ahead, a little bit.

The Badgers traveled to Notus, Idaho, Friday and picked up a 52-32 win.

“I think we got caught looking at the Imbler game coming up next,” Badgers head coach Dan Townsend said. “We got a quick defensive score, but didn’t play that well in the first half.

After trailing at the end of one quarter, Powder Valley went into the locker room with a 30-22 lead.

Complete stats were not available at press time.


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