October 05, 2003 11:00 pm
TRYING TO BUST LOOSE: Imbler's Alan O'Donald tries to shake off a Grant Union defender in Friday's game between the Panthers and the Prospectors. (The Observer/RAENELLE KWOCK).
TRYING TO BUST LOOSE: Imbler's Alan O'Donald tries to shake off a Grant Union defender in Friday's game between the Panthers and the Prospectors. (The Observer/RAENELLE KWOCK).

JOSEPH — Randall Eschler had himself the football game of a lifetime, racking up 367 total yards from scrimmage and scoring five TDs as the Joseph Eagles beat Union Friday 59-13.

Eschler ran for 284 yards on 28 carries. He also caught three passes for 83 yards.

Meanwhile, quarterback Kyle Hook threw for 138 yards and two TDs without an interception, as the Eagles bounced back from a wild loss to Nyssa last week.

Andy Hayes and Tristan Patton also scored touchdowns for Joseph on 30- and 34-yard pass plays.

In all, Joseph tallied 533 yards of offense.

Gavin Watson had a 90-yard kickoff return for Union, and caught five passes for 62 yards and another touchdown.

Joseph coach Rusty Eschler said Union is a young, improving team. "They're going to be good if they keep their heads up," he said.

Joseph is in third place in the Wapiti League with a 2-1 record, behind Grant Union and Nyssa. Joseph has a huge game Friday in John Day against Grant Union. Joseph must finish in the top two to make postseason.

Union (0-3 in Wapiti League) hosts Elgin Friday.

Joseph 59, Union 13

Union 7 0 6 0 — 13

Joseph 21 20 12 6 — 59

J — Randall Eschler 5 run (Lance Strickland kick)

U — Gavin Watson 90 kickoff return (Soenke Hotsch kick)

J — Eschler 6 run (PAT failed)

J — Eschler 39 run (Andy Hayes run)

J — Eschler 64 run (Strickland kick)

J — Eschler 67 pass from Kyle Hook (Strickland kick)

J —Hayes 30 pass from Hook (PAT failed)

J — Mike Gamboa 3 run (PAT failed)

U — Watson pass from Kasey Towne (PAT failed)

J — Tristan Patton 34 pass from Lane Bailey (PAT failed)

J — Eschler 40 run (PAT failed)

Individual statistics

RUSHING — Union, Dan Blair 2-13, Joe Craig 2-5, Kaleb Thurston 16-17, Kasey Towne 3-5, Tim Cox 1-(-1). Joseph, Strickland 1-2, Hook 1-3, Tanner Stewart 1-2, Tyler Coppin 3-(-2), Hayes 6-37, Gamboa 11-35, Eschler 28-284.

PASSING — Union, Towne 6-28-1-68, Thurston 0-1-0-0. Joseph, Hook 5-8-0-138, Bailey 1-2-0-34.

RECEIVING — Union, Watson 5-62, Blair 1-6. Joseph 1-30, Patton 2-59, Eschler 3-83.


ADRIAN — The Wallowa football boys erupted for a 40-0 second half to beat Adrian Friday, but afterward, there wasn't much celebrating.

It was a bittersweet win for the Cougars, as they lost one of their top offensive players, Randy Spaur, to a broken leg.

Coach Greg Oveson said Spaur broke both bones in his lower leg on a play just before the end of the half. At the time, Wallowa had just a 34-32 lead, but scored a TD at the end of the half, then shut out the Antelopes the rest of the way en route to an 80-32 win.

Spaur, who had 160 yards of offense in less than a half, was taken to a hospital in Ontario Friday. Oveson described the injury as "pretty ugly."

Oveson said the Cougars kept playing hard even though they were shaken by Spaur's injury.

"That's probably the best defense we've played all season," said Oveson. "I'm proud of the way the kids came back."

In Spaur's absence, Jake Redfield took over the rushing duties and he had an incredible game statistically. He rushed for 377 yards on 23 carries and scored eight touchdowns.

Spaur ran for 113 yards on 10 carries and gained another 47 yards on two catches. Spaur scored two touchdowns.

Wallowa (1-2 in Old Oregon League, 3-2 overall) plays at Prairie City Friday.

Wallowa 80, Adrian 32

Wallowa 34 6 28 12 — 80

Adrian 16 16 0 0 — 32

Wallowa statistics

W — Randy Spaur 73 run (PAT good)

W — Spaur 41 pass from Patrick Green (PAT failed)

W — Jake Redfield 65 punt return (Green run)

W — Redfield 45 run (PAT failed)

W — Redfield 60 run (PAT failed)

W — Harshfield 30 pass from Green (PAT failed)

W — Redfield 18 run (Redfield run)

W — Redfield 10 run (PAT failed)

W — Redfield 28 run (Kaleb Oveson pass from Green)

W — Redfield 60 run (PAT failed)

W — Green 60 INT return (PAT failed)

W — Redfield 70 run (PAT failed)

Individual statistics

RUSHING — Wallowa, Spaur 10-113, Redfield 23-377, Green 4-33, Jeff Long 2-15, Quentin Byers 1-2.

PASSING — Wallowa, Green 8-17-1-119.

RECEIVING — Wallowa, Ryan Harshfield 6-66, Oveson 2-6, Spaur 2-47.


NYSSA — Nyssa defeated Enterprise 58-7 in Wapiti League football Friday.

The Bulldogs led 38-7 at halftime.

Trent Holcomb threw three touchdown passes, rushed for another and ran back a 15-yard interception into the end zone.

Tony Swart scored a 5-yard touchdown for Enterprise in the first quarter.

Enterprise hosts Imbler Friday.

Nyssa 58, Enterprise 7

Enterprise 7 0 0 0 — 7

Nyssa 14 24 14 6 — 58

N — Paz 32 pass from Holcomb (Paz run)

N — Holcomb 17 run (run failed)

E — Tony Swart 5 run (Gilliland kick)

N — Holcomb 15 INT return (Paz run)

N — Cummings 13 run (Lewis pass from Holcomb)

N — Cummings 7 run (Holcomb run)

N — Holliday 30 pass from Holcomb (pass failed)

N — Holiday 33 pass from Holcomb (Parra run)

N — Hartley 8 run (PAT failed)

Individual statistics

RUSHING — Enterprise, Jake Vanderzanden 8-11, Erik Gilliland 9-19, Tony Swart 10-21, Jake McCleary 1-(minus 3), B. McCleary 1-2. Nyssa, Cummings 8-92, Hartley 9-54, Paz 10-92, Holcomb 5-29, Wong 4-42, Parra 1-2.

PASSING — Enterprise, T. Swart 2-14-2-21, J. McCleary 0-1-1-0. Nyssa, Holcomb 8-14-1-154.

RECEIVING — Enterprise, Gilliland 1-5, Freels 1-16. Nyssa, Cummings 1-7, Paz 1-32, Holliday 5-103, Hartley 1-12.


IMBLER — The Grant Union Prospectors shut out the Imbler Panthers 36-0 in Wapiti League football Friday.

Imbler coach Lee Lowe said Grant Union was definitely the better ball club as they did not make mistakes and did everything right.

"They dominated both sides," Lowe said.

The Prospectors gained 329 yards on the ground. Cody Frazier led Grant Union with 18 carries for 121 yards. He scored two rushing touchdowns.

"We just got dominated on both sides of the line," Lowe said.

Lowe said the Panthers were unable to get anything going offensively or defensively.

He said the Prospectors are impressive all-around.

"Hopefully, we'll learn and improve and play better next week," Lowe said.

He said the win is a credit to the Prospectors doing things right.

"We just got mishandled," Lowe said.

Imbler's Justin Volle rushed for 67 yards on 12 carries. Tanner McIntosh made one leaping catch for 30 yards.

The Panthers travel to Enterprise Friday.

—Raenelle Kwock

Grant Union 36, Imbler 0

Grant Union 7 12 7 10 — 36

Imbler 0 0 0 0 — 0

GU — Thunell 1 run (Thomas kick)

GU — Frazier 1 run (kick failed)

GU — Frazier 3 run (kick failed)

GU — Prophet 20 pass from Thunell (Thomas kick)

GU — Horn 7 run (Thomas kick)

GU — Thomas 30 FG

Individual statistics

RUSHING — Grant Union, Horn 13-65, Frazier 18-121, Thunell 7-49, Bartlett 7-47, Phillips 2-4, Thomas 3-43. Imbler, Justin Volle 12-67, Craig Wyatt 3-8, Trevor Crow 7-(minus 27), John Bartell 4-12.

PASSING — Grant Union, Thunell 5-10-0-50. Imbler, Crow 5-14-2 54.

RECEIVING — Grant Union, Bartlett 1-13, Prophet 3-29, Frazier 1-8. Imbler, Travis Hoskins 2-12, Tanner McIntosh 1-30, Alan O'Donald 1-8.