September 14, 2001 11:00 pm

By C.J. Gish

Observer Staff Writer

COVE Five touches, four touchdowns.

Powder Valley displayed its big-play attack Friday with a second-half barrage that featured the Badgers touching the ball only five times.

The results were surreal as the Badgers beat hosting Cove 52-6 in both teams Old Oregon League football openers. The game ended on the 45-point mercy rule with 10:19 left when Brody Turner broke a 91-yard run following a Leopards turnover on downs.

The second half started with Cody Taylor, a freshman, taking the kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown.

Ive never seen (Cove) coach (Rich) Thew kick deep, so I had my hands guys playing up. But Cody was our fastest other guy, Powder Valley coach Alan Stanfield said.

On the ensuing kickoff, the ball bounced off a Cove player and Powder recovered at its 37. Turner took the handoff, went outside, dodged a tackle and went 63 yards for a touchdown and a 38-0 Badger lead.

Jeffrey Manley found a wide open Andy Altenburg with a 19-yard trick pass to cap Coves 58-yard drive on the next possession.

The Leopards celebration didnt last long as Turner took the kickoff and raced down the left sideline for a 58-yard touchdown return.

In the first half, Riley Martin set the tone early by recovering a fumbled Cove option pitch and going 40 yards for a score. Todd Baxter went 3 yards on a quarterback keeper for another touchdown, followed by second-quarter scores from Turner on a 66-yard run and a 30-yard reception from Baxter.

Turner led Powder (3-0 overall, 1-0 league) with 239 yards rushing on seven carries. He added four catches for 74 yards.

Euell Macke had 99 yards rushing for Cove (0-3, 0-1). Wade Wright added 38.

Wallowa wins big

WALLOWA Brandon Burgess scored five touchdowns and Shane Byers added four more as the Wallowa Cougars pounded the Crane Mustangs 68-36 in a non-league, eight-man football game Friday.

Im liking the 70-point average. The kids like it, too, Wallowa coach Mitch Frye said. The Cougars beat Harper-Huntington 72-39 on Sept. 7.

Wallowa had a 48-14 lead at halftime, with Burgess getting four of his five touchdowns in the first half, including a 60-yard interception return.

Byers had 143 yards rushing and Burgess added 110 yards. Burgess also threw for 161 yards on just four completions.

Imbler cruises

STANFIELD Imbler scored 27 points in the first quarter en route to a 42-6 non-league prep football victory Friday over Stanfield.

Steven Skillings scored on a 1-yard run and returned a blocked punt 35 yards for another touchdown. Troy Hoskins had an 82-yard touchdown pass from Trevor Crow, and Crow hit Brandon Campbell for a 28-yard score all in the first quarter.

For the second game in a row, Imblers defense gave up a lone touchdown.

We played pretty well defensively early, Imbler coach Lee Lowe said. Eric Johnson led Imbler (2-0) with five tackles for losses.

John Bartell led Imbler with 111 yards rushing on 18 carries.

Elgin scores, but loses

ATHENA The Elgin Huskies finally got on the scoreboard and had their first lead of the season but succumbed to two Weston-McEwen fourth quarter touchdowns in a 28-20 non-league prep football loss Friday.

Eric Delph ran for two touchdowns in the final 10 minutes to give the TigerScots the victory.

Its the same thing: bigger, faster, stronger, Elgin coach Ed Schumacher said about his teams shortcomings. Elgin (0-3) was shut out in its first two games.

Jeremy Parker and Delph scored in the first quarter to give Weston-McEwen a 13-0 lead, but Jake Williams scored the first of his two touchdowns with 1:13 left in the first to cut the lead to seven.

Blake Eckstein put Elgin on top 14-13 with a 2-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and a two-point conversion pass to Cody Burgess. Williams had a 12-yard touchdown run in the third quarter for a 20-13 edge.

Williams finished with 162 yards rushing on 29 carries. Delph had 140 yards on 27 carries.

Enterprise falls short

ENTERPRISE A kickoff return foiled Enterprises rally plans Friday night.

Andy Ockwell returned a fourth-quarter kick 85 yards as Asotin, Wash., went on to beat hosting Enterprise, 28-11.

Kyle Crawford, who rushed for 128 yards and kicked a first-quarter 35-yard field goal, scored on a fourth quarter 1-yard plunge to pull Enterprise (0-2) within three points, 14-11, but Ockwell took the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown.

The wind came out of our sails when he ran that kick back, Enterprise coach Randy Morgan said.

Asotin added a Reuben Vantrease 15-yard run to seal the contest.

Crawford opened the scoring to give Enterprise a 3-0 lead, but Ockwell scored on a 3-yard run to put Asotin ahead 6-3 at the half. A Coby Witters 7-yard scamper put Asotin ahead 14-3 in the third quarter.

Overall, Enterprise outgained Asotin offensively, 227-206.

We missed some golden opportunities and gave up some big plays that killed us, Morgan said.