SHORTHANDED IMBLER POWERS OVER UMATILLA
By Pierre LaBossire
Observer Staff Writer
IMBLER "And then there were 17."
Those were the words of an Imbler player walking off the field after the Panthers beat Umatilla 46-0 Friday.
Imbler won despite only having 17 players dressed, roughly about half as many as Umatilla had in uniform.
The Panthers lost Moose Hudson to a broken hand last week and in the first two minutes of the Umatilla game, they lost Justin Volle to a dislocated elbow.
"It's getting kind of scary. We're strapped for subs," said coach Lee Lowe.
Lowe was concerned all during the game, played in mid-90s afternoon heat, that the scorching temperatures would result in further injuries to his squad, but other than Volle, the team escaped the blast furnace conditions unscathed.
Though Imbler is short-handed, the team is talented, as the Panthers played a spectacular game on both offense and defense. Imbler took advantage of several Umatilla turnovers for quick scoring strikes.
Quarterback Trevor Crow was effective in play-action, keeping the Viking defenders off-balance, and hitting his receivers in perfect stride on a number of quick inside slants.
Crow threw for three touchdowns and 140 yards in only two-and-a-half quarters. Travis Hoskins and Craig Wyatt each scored two touchdowns.
The Panthers also tallied 163 yards on the ground.
Umatilla 0 0 0 - 0
Imbler 13 20 13 - 46
Imbler Myers 26 pass from Crow (Johnson kick)
Imbler Travis Hoskins 5 pass from Crow (kick failed)
Imbler Bartell 12 run (Johnson kick)
Imbler Travis Hoskins 6 pass from Crow (Johnson kick)
Imbler Skillings 13 run (kick failed)
Imbler Wyatt 2 run (Johnson kick)
Imbler Wyatt 11 run
RUSHING Umatilla, Wilson 5-40, Aguilar 5-11, Bursell 3-10, Trujillo 1-3, Strong 1-2, Villanueve 3 (-7). Imbler, Bartel 11-61, Skillings 4-30, Wyatt 6-27, Volle 3-26, Crow 1-19.
PASSING Umatilla, Villaneuva 2-12-1-14. Imbler, Crow 10-17-1-140.
RECEIVING Umatilla, Aguilar 1-5, Bissonette 1-9. Imbler, Troy Hoskins 4-73, Travis Hoskins 4-34, Myers 1-26, Skillings 1-7.
No. 1 Powder Valley rumbles to win
JORDAN VALLEY The Powder Valley Badgers football team was not at full strength, but it had enough in its tank to knock off Jordan Valley 56-46 Friday.
The Badgers, recently ranked No. 1 in the statewide eight-man football coaches' poll, were without starting tailback Deven Thompson.
"We were a little banged up," Powder Valley coach Allan Stanfield said. "We had a hard time stopping them. I was pretty pleased with our offensive performance."
The Badgers as a team amassed a staggering total of 663 yards of offense. Quarterback Todd Baxter accounted for nearly 500 yards of total offense. He was 18 of 26 for 302 yards and three touchdowns. Baxter also rushed 14 times for 187 yards and two touchdowns.
Cody Taylor caught eight passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 78 yards on 16 carries and one touchdown.
Powder Valley plays Cove 7 p.m. Thursday at Community Stadium.
Powder Valley 6 20 8 22 56
Jordan Valley 6 14 12 14 46
PV Kylie Simonis 1 run (run failed)
JV Cody Cline 3 run (pass failed)
PV Cody Taylor 14 pass from Todd Baxter (Taylor pass from Baxter)
PV Baxter 40 run (pass failed)
JV Ryan McKenzie 51 pass from Shaun Lequerica (pass failed)
JV McKenzie 43 run (McKenzie pass from Lequerica
PV Taylor 32 pass from Baxter (pass failed)
JV Lequerica 60 run (run failed)
PV Perkins 26 pass from Baxter (Shroyer pass from Baxter)
JV McKenzie 88 run (pass failed)
PV Dozhier 7 run (run failed)
PV Taylor 23 run (Shroyer pass from Baxter)
PV Baxter 8 run (Shroyer pass from Baxter)
JV Lequerica 8 pass from McKenzie (Anderson pass from McKenzie)
JV McKenzie 6 run (run failed)
RUSHING Powder Valley, Baxter 14-187, Taylor 16-78, Simonis 10-56, Dozhier 7-40, Kerns 1-2. Jordan Valley, McKenzie 12-164, Lequerica 11-77, Cline 4-8.
PASSING Powder Valley, Baxter 18-26-1-302. Jordan Valley, Lequerica 5-13-0-108, McKenzie 4-5-0-80.
RECEIVING Powder Valley, Taylor 8-157, Perkins 3-34, Deal 2-16, Weems 1-14, Shroyer 1-46, Dozhier 1-19, Kerns 1-12, Simonis 1-4. Jordan Valley, Lequerica 3-48, McKenzie 2-57, Anderson 2-32, Johnson 2-34.
Cove boys erupt in big second half
ARLINGTON The Cove Leopards football team bounced back from its opening-season loss, and a slow first half against Arlington to explode for 20 second-half points.
The Leopards churned out 248 yards on the ground. Euell Macke had a huge game, rushing for 115 yards on 19 carries. He also scored all three of Cove's touchdowns.
"We couldn't get much going that first half," said coach Rich Thew. Macke opened up the scoring gates finally in the third quarter when he ran for a 46-yard touchdown. He added two more short scores in the fourth.
Tanner Marshall had 70 yards of total offense through the air and on the ground, while John Pfels ran for 65 yards and threw for 18. Pfels also scored a two-point conversion.
Cove 0 0 6 14 20
Arlington 0 6 0 8 14
RUSHING Cove, Macke 19-115, John Pfels 10-65, Marshall 12-54, Hagey 4-14.
PASSING Cove, Hagey 3-6-0-22, John Pfels 1-1-0-18.
RECEIVING Cove, Josh Pfel 1-18, Marshall 1-16, Macke 2-6.