Wallowa falls to Echo, 56-14

Written by Casey Kellas, The Observer September 03, 2012 10:59 am

DUFUR — Wallowa kicked off the 2012 season against Echo at the Dufur Football Classic Friday.

Echo pounded the Cougars to the tune of 56-14 in the non-league contest.

Echo racked up just a hair under 500 yards of offense, 441 of it on the ground, in taking its first victory of the season. Quarterback Dalton Hughes ran for two scores and 153 yards while David Lara also had a huge day yardage-wise with 136. Devin Sather provided the goal line power with two touchdown runs from less than 10 yards out.

The Cougars (1-0) intercepted three passes from Wallowa (0-1) quarterback Wes Conrad. Connor Bettencourt accounted for two of those.

“Our defense was the player of the game,” Echo coach Rick Thew said. “Last year our pass defense was our weak spot.”

Echo will host its first game of the fall against Cove next Friday.

Wallowa will be back in action Friday when it hosts Adrian at 2 p.m.