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Imbler quarterback Kyle Johnson throws downfield during the Panthers’ 68-6 win over Wallowa Friday. (Casey Kellas/The Observer)
IMBLER — The Imbler football team has quickly established itself as the team to beat in Special District 4.
The Panthers jumped all over Wallowa for 46 points in the first quarter Friday and cruised to a 68-6 win to improve to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in district.
“We played great,” running back Joe Griffin said. “We came out in the beginning and hit them hard. That was the goal from the beginning of the game. Not take it for granted.”
On the second play of the game, Imbler’s Kyle Johnson connected with Luke Silbernagel on an 81-yard pass-and-catch to get the Panthers on the board.
Wallowa (0-4 overall, 0-1 Special District 4) fumbled its first snap of the game and Imbler recovered. Two plays later Johnson found Klint Porter on a 49-yard touchdown catch.
The Cougars never recovered from the early offensive showcase and Imbler was substituting backups in by the end of the first quarter.
“I think it was just execution,” Imbler head coach Lee Lowe said. “We really felt like we had the opportunity that if we executed well and got away from the turnovers and penalties that we could be successful.”
Johnson completed 10-of-14 passes for 241 yards and three touchdowns. Griffin turned five carries into 200 yards and found the end zone three times. Porter had two catches for 107 yards, while Silbernagel caught two passes for 84 yards.
Brad Chatfield added 109 yards rushing on 12 carries.
“We wanted to try and do the best we could on improving on some of the things we did last week,” Lowe said. “I was real pleased on both sides of the ball. We didn’t have many mistakes. So, I was real happy with our performance.”
Imbler will return to the field Friday at Joseph. Wallowa travels to play Pine Eagle at 2 p.m.
Badgers 74, Spartans 24
HALFWAY — The Powder Valley football team recovered from a loss last week to defeat Pine Eagle 74-24 Friday.
The Badgers are now 3-2 overall and 1-1 in Special District 4. The Spartans drop to 2-4 overall and 0-2 in district.
“It was nice seeing the boys bounce back after the tough loss against Imbler,” Powder Valley head coach Dan Townsend said. “We’ve been very focused on one week at a time, and they did a real nice job of focusing on Pine Eagle this week.”
Chace Dixon completed 10-of-14 passes and had four touchdowns for the Badgers. Quin Stephens rushed for 203 yards on six carries with three touchdowns.
Seth Dixon rushed for 101 yards and two scores. Tyler Robinson had two touchdowns receiving and 62 yards, while Jake Grammon had 104 yards receiving and one score.
Powder Valley plays at Cove Friday at 7 p.m.
Leopards 46, Eagles 0
COVE — The Cove football team won its second straight Special District 4 game with a 46-0 victory over Joseph Friday.
The win improves the Leopards to 2-4 overall and 2-0 in district. Joseph is now 1-4 overall and 1-1 in district.
Cove hosts Powder Valley at
Honkers 28, Huskies 14
ARLINGTON — The Elgin football team suffered its first 8-man loss of the season Friday, falling to Arlington 28-14.
“We just didn’t show up to play the way that we play,” Elgin head coach Brock Eckstein said. “We couldn’t get our offense going.”
The Huskies (3-1 overall) finished with 202 yards of offense. Gavin Christensen finished with 80 yards receiving and a touchdown. Chris Roberts had 22 tackles on defense.
Elgin plays at Rosalia, Wash., Friday at 7 p.m.
Mustangs 46, Bobcats 0
UNION — The Union football team dropped a Blue Mountain Conference showdown to Heppner 46-0 Friday night.
The Mustangs led 26-0 at halftime and never let Union get back into it.
“We moved the ball in spurts, but never put a drive together,” Union head coach Jon Reynolds said.
Ty Coon had 117 yards rushing for Union, while Brooke Scantling had 41 yards on the ground. Chris Ross added 32 yards.
Union is now 2-3 overall and 0-3 in the BMC. Heppner is 5-0 overall and 3-0 in conference. The Bobcats play at Weston-McEwen Friday at 7 p.m.