IMBLER WINS SHARE OF WAPITI TITLE - BUT NO PLAYOFFS

November 01, 2002 11:00 pm

JOSEPH — The Imbler football squad grabbed a share of the Wapiti League championship with a victory over Joseph Friday night, but the Panthers will have to be satisfied with a trophy.

Imbler (8-1 overall, 5-1 in Wapiti League) finished in a three-way tie for first with Nyssa and Grant Union.

But only two teams from the Wapiti League get to move on to postseason, and because of a complicated tiebreaking formula, Imbler ended up the odd man out, as Nyssa and Grant Union will move on to postseason.

Imbler coach Lee Lowe said he felt bad for his players that they don't get to go to the playoffs for the second year in a row after going 8-1.

"They're a great bunch of kids. We finished up on a good note," Lowe said. He thinks his players, while disappointed, will take a lot of solace in the co-championship. "It's not very often you go 8-1 and share a championship," he said.

If Pine-Eagle had beaten Grant Union in Halfway Friday night, Imbler would have gone on to postseason. The news was encouraging for Imbler early in the evening as Pine-Eagle had a 30-20 lead in the second half over Grant Union, but Grant Union blew up late in that game and won going away 55-30.

The Imbler-Joseph game was played in bitterly cold conditions with temperatures at 4,000-foot Joseph in the mid to low teens.

Joseph coach Rusty Eschler said cups of water on the sidelines were freezing within minutes, and that an Imbler cheerleader actually suffered frostnip on her fingers.

Justin Volle led Imbler with 112 yards rushing on 13 carries. Trevor Crow threw two touchdown passes to Tanner McIntosh and another TD to Zach Myers.

Joseph's Kyle Hook threw an 87-yard touchdown pass to Cole Lathrop.

This might have been Joseph's final game in the Wapiti League. Eschler said Joseph plans to petition to drop down to the 1A level next year. Despite being one of the smallest schools in the league, the Eagles were competitive, going 3-5 overall and 2-5 in Wapiti League.

Imbler 6 24 6 0 — 36

Joseph 0 0 0 6 — 6

I — Volle 1 run (PAT failed)

I — safety

I — McIntosh 26 pass from Crow (PAT good)

I — McIntosh 26 pass from Crow (PAT good)

I — Myers 13 pass from Crow (PAT good)

I — O'Donald 37 interception return (PAT failed)

J — Lathrop 87 pass from Hook (PAT failed)

Individual statistics

RUSHING — Imbler, Volle 13-112, Skillings 11-56, Bartell 21-52, Wyatt 10-32, Crow 2-(minus 9). Joseph, Witherrite 6-12, Barstad 6-18.

PASSING — Imbler, Crow 8-16-0-193. Joseph 1-6-2-87, Dawson 1-2-0-23, Barstad 0-1-1-0.

RECEIVING — Imbler, Travis Hoskins 2-66, McIntosh 2-52, Myers 2-40, Troy Hoskins 2-35. Joseph, Lathrop 2-110.

YOUNG ELGIN TEAM FINISHES SEASON

ELGIN — The Elgin Huskies football squad wrapped up their 2002 campaign with a 47-16 loss to Wapiti League co-champion Nyssa.

Coach Ed Schumacher said he was proud of how hard his kids played, especially on defense. The Huskies outscored the Bulldogs 16-14 in the second half.

"Our kids played with a lot of heart," said Schumacher. "I was really proud of them."

After struggling through an 0-for-8 first half passing, Huskies' quarterback Codi Burgess completed eight passes in the second half for 75 yards and a touchdown.

Blake Eckstein scored one of Elgin's touchdowns on a 55-yard run. He ended the game with 90 yards rushing on 11 carries. Skyler Payne also had 49 total yards of offense and scored a TD and two 2-point conversions.

Schumacher said the Huskies only graduate one senior, so they should be stronger next year. Elgin finished the season 2-7 overall, and 1-6 in the Wapiti League.

Nyssa 19 14 7 7 — 47

Elgin 0 0 8 8 — 16

N — Kurtz 37 field goal

N — Holcomb 3 run (Kurtz PAT)

N — Rasmussen 38 pass from Trent Holcomb (Brock Holcomb PAT)

N — Brock Holcomb 13 run (PAT failed)

N — Hernandez 8 pass from Trent Holcomb (Cummings PAT)

N — Kurtz 2 run (Kurtz PAT)

E — Payne 11 pass from Burgess (Payne PAT)

N — Brock Holcomb 14 run (Kurtz PAT)

E — Eckstein 55 run (Payne PAT)

Individual statistics

RUSHING — Nyssa, Brock Holcomb 11-100, Kurtz 12-85, Cummings 4-28, Trent Holcomb 3-21, Morinaka 3-20, Hernandez 3-14, Ellsworth 4-10, Hartley 1-3, Paz 3-(minus 7). Elgin, Eckstein 11-90, Payne 11-22, Burgess 9-2, Love 1-4, McDonald 1-3, Horn 1-4.

PASSING — Nyssa, Trent Holcomb 9-20-3-145. Elgin, Codi Burgess 8-21-75, Payne 0-1-0-0.

RECEIVING — Nyssa, Rasmussen 2-48, Cummings 2-45, Morinaka 2-35, Martinez 1-16, Hernandez 1-8, Brock Holcomb 1-8. Elgin, Foster 3-29, Payne 3-22, Schumacher 2-24.

ENTERPRISE ENDS SEASONS WITH THREE STRAIGHT VICTORIES

UNION — Enterprise finished the Wapiti League season on a three-game win streak after its 21-2 victory over Union Friday.

"Union played a good ball game," Enterprise coach Randy Morgan said. "They were inside the 10 (yard line) a couple times and didn't come away with anything. They were there. It was a tight game."

Union held Enterprise to minus four yards in the second quarter, Union coach Todd Evans said, which is awesome considering the team had been "45'ed" four or five times this season.

"My kids played really well," he said.

He said Chance Moore, Derek Kirby, Brian Kausler, Kaleb Thurston and Tim McReynolds had great defensive games.

Union's Ben Williamson tackled Tony Swart in the end zone for a safety in the second quarter.

Morgan said Union stopped Enterprise's rushing game effectively and it was the passing game pulled off the win. Enterprise's James Huffman threw three touchdown passes.

Morgan said Union moved the ball on Enterprise at times, but the defense stopped them when it had to.

Leading Enterprise's defense was Jimmy Van Belle with 23 tackles, Collin Cunningham had 14, Steven Immoos had 13 with four sacks, Jake McCleary had nine, Huffman had seven, Marcus Bridges had six and one interception, Nathan Slinker had four with one interception, Kevin Gomes had seven, Kelsey Lukens had six and one fumble recovery and Tony Swart with five.

Enterprise ended the season 4-5 overall, 3-4 in Wapiti League, while Union dropped to 0-9, 0-7.

Enterprise 7 0 7 7 — 21

Union 0 2 0 0 — 2

E — Bridges 29 pass from Huffman (Gilbert kick)

U — Ben Williamson tackled Tony Swart in end zone for safety

E — Slinker 55 pass from Huffman (Gilbert kick)

E — Rawls 25 pass from Huffman (Gilbert kick)

Individual statistics

RUSHING — Enterprise, Gerner 13-41, T. Swart 9-4, Huffman 3-15, VanderZanden 4-7. Union, Kirby 18-64, McReynolds 14-5.

PASSING — Enterprise, Huffman 17-24-1-208. Union, McReynolds 5-12-2-62, Towne 2-5-0-26.

RECEIVING — Enterprise, Kiser 1-3, Gerner 1-12, Bridges 2-34, Rawls 5-43, Slinker 3-63, Gilbert 3-38, T. Swart 2-15. Union, Williamson 12-75, Williams 1-2, McReynolds 5-26, Kirby 1-10.