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GANG TACKLE: Union's Kaleb Thurston (21) and Jarrid Magee (69) tackle Stanfield's Marcus Mills as teammate Shane Williams (3) looks for an opening.  (The Observer/TONY ADAME).
GANG TACKLE: Union's Kaleb Thurston (21) and Jarrid Magee (69) tackle Stanfield's Marcus Mills as teammate Shane Williams (3) looks for an opening. (The Observer/TONY ADAME).

Tony Adame

Sports Editor

UNION – Union head football coach Steve Colkitt told his team, before taking on Stanfield Friday, that matching up against the Tigers would be a test.

A test, after the Bobcats week one overtime loss to Parma, Idaho, that would show what kind of team Union is.

One 48-0 win later, Colkitt started handing out passing grades.

"Stanfield was a test," Colkitt said. "A test to see if they were going to pick it up after Parma or get their heads down.

"We feel like last year we should have had a better season. This year, we want more."

Nowhere was Colkitt's challenge to his team more evident than in the Bobcats running game, as running backs Kaleb Thurston and Shane Williams ran wild over the Tiger defense, combining for 327 yards rushing and five touchdowns.

Thurston had 212 yards rushing on 20 carries and Williams had 115 on yards on eight carries.

"If I'm not getting it, Shane is," Thurston said. "We don't care who does as long as it gets done."

Williams scored on the second play from scrimmage for Union on a 62-yard run.

"I just think our line is really good," Williams said. "We run good because they open holes. You don't even understand what it's like, to get that kick through the hole. It's a rush."

The Bobcat defense came through big in the win, scoring twice and forcing three turnovers.

The first score came on a Reece Christensen safety and then again on a 35-yard Gavin Watson interception return

for a touchdown.

Union lost to Stanfield last season, 26-24.

"We feel like we should have had three more wins last season," Colkitt said. "Like I said, this season we want more."

Union (1-1) travels to Pilot Rock Thursday. Game time is

7 p.m.

Union 48, Stanfield 0

Stanfield 0 0 0 0 – 0

Union 21 14 6 7 – 48

U – Williams 62 run (kick failed)

U – Thurston 5 run (Savely run)

U – Williams 4 run (Williams kick)

U – Savely 1 run (kick failed)

U – Christensen safety

U – Thurston 35 run (kick failed)

U – Watson 35 interception return (run failed)

U – Thurston 8 run (Williams kick)

Individual statistics

RUSHING – Stanfield, Mills 11-18, Challis 3-1, Esquivel 2-(-9), Marchum 2-7, Baros 7-24, Watson 1-0, Grabeel 1-2. Union, Thurston 20-212, Williams 8-115, Towne 6-(-7), Savely 4-46.

PASSING – Stanfield, Esquivel 4-9-2-75. Union, Towne 2-10-1-76.

RECEIVING – Stanfield, Flemmer 3-65, Denton 1-10. Union, Watson 2-76.

Outlaws lose at Umatilla

UMATILLA – The Enterprise football team gave up a 16-0 lead in its season opener Friday, losing 24-16 at Umatilla.

Umatilla scored 16 points in the fourth quarter off of Outlaw turnovers.

"We had a fumble and an interception they capitalized on," said Enterprise head coach J.D. Nobles. "We're rusty, but that's the idea of the preseason, to get the feel of things. I thought the boys played


Skylar Easley led the Outlaws with 126 yards rushing on 17 carries.

Enterprise (0-1) travels to Waitsburg, Wash., Friday.

Umatilla 24, Enterprise 16

Enterprise 8 8 0 0 – 16

Umatilla 0 8 0 16 – 24

E – Exxon 10 run (Exxon run)

E – Wallace 6 run (Stewart pass from Wallace)

U – not available

U – not available

U – not available

Individual statistics

RUSHING – Enterprise, Matt Exxon 5-23, Skylar Easley 17-126, Myers 9-79, Anderson 4-11, Andy Wallace 3-6, McCleary 1-3, Stewart 1-(-3). Umatilla, not available.

PASSING – Enterprise, Wallace 2-6-1-13. Umatilla, not available.

RECEIVING – Enterprise, McCleary 1-5, Stewart 1-8. Umatilla, not available.

Elgin bounces back with win

WAITSBURG, Wash. – Elgin bounced back from a loss to Pilot Rock in week one in a road win over Waitsburg, Wash., 39-20.

G.D. Clark led the Huskies with 106 yards rushing on 17 carries and two touchdowns.

"G.D. had a really good day," said Elgin head coach Chad Peck. "He was playing on a bum knee and broke off a couple of good runs. He played tough."

Elgin (1-1) hosts Umatilla Friday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

Elgin 39, Waitsburg, Wash. 20

Waitsburg, Wash. 0 6 6 8 – 20

Waitsburg, Wash. 7 12 13 7 – 39

E – Burgess 1 run (Miller kick)

E – Clark 12 run (kick failed)

E – Witherspoon 60 pass from Ludwig (run failed)

W – 4 run (kick failed)

E – Ludwig 42 fumble return (run failed)

W – 60 kickoff return (run failed)

E – Clark 1 run (Miller kick)

W – 52 pass (pass good)

E – Ludwig 1 run (Miller kick)

Individual statistics

RUSHING – Elgin, Miller 5-39, Clark 17-106, Burgess 8-28, Nordstrom 1-(-1), Ludwig 7-20. Waitsburg, 113 yards.

PASSING – Elgin, Miller 1-1-0-17, Ludwig 2-8-0-90. Waitsburg, 141 yards total, 1 interception.

RECEIVING – Elgin, Witherspoon 2-90, Guentert 1-17. Waitsburg, 141 yards.


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