Touchdown Joe

By Observer staff September 16, 2013 10:52 am

Imblerís Joe Griffin sheds a Sherman defender on the way to the end zone during a 72-20 win Friday. (Nancy Campbell/For The Observer)
Imblerís Joe Griffin sheds a Sherman defender on the way to the end zone during a 72-20 win Friday. (Nancy Campbell/For The Observer)

Imbler’s Joe Griffin records eight touchdowns in blowout win over Sherman

IMBLER— Sometimes it’s just your day. That was the case for Imbler running back Joe Griffin. 

IMBLER— Sometimes it’s just your day. That was the case for Imbler running back Joe Griffin.

The junior collected touchdowns like people collect nicknacks. Griffin finished with eight on the game during a 72-20 win over Sherman, improving to 2-1 on the season.

Running, receiving or defense, it didn’t matter. Griffin was going to score. 

The final touchdown may have been the best of the day. On a play up the middle that looked like it was dead, Griffin spun out of a tackle, stepped through one more and sprinted into the end zone.

The junior just didn’t do it on offense either. Griffin took an interception back 56 yards for a score, too.

Griffin did have to share in the scoring eventually. Tyler Tandy got into the end zone on one if his 18 carries. Tandy tallied 103 yards on the ground.

Griffin still lead all Imbler rushers with 105 yards on 10 attempts. He scored on runs of 3, 17, 19 and 27 yards.

Quarterback Kyle Johnson put up gaudy numbers too, completing 11-of-18 pass attempts for 218 yards and three scores. He also called his own number on a 45-yard run that ended in the end zone.

Imbler turned to the passing game early, and Luke Silbernagle was the recipient of some big plays. The junior reeled in five receptions for 86 yards.

Still, it was Griffin’s day. He had four receptions for 135 yards.

Imbler (2-1) will get a tougher challenge next week when they travels to Dufur. Imbler won’t be playing the Rangers again, but will take on the state runner-up from last season, St. Paul. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. Friday.

Badgers grab first win

HERMISTON — The Powder Valley football team got back on track Friday with a 60-22 victory over Echo in Hermiston.

The Badgers (1-1) jumped on the Cougars in the first half and led 38-8 at

“We came out and got on them early,” Powder Valley head coach Dan Townsend said. “The boys played well. We threw the ball early. Chace (Dixon) did a good job of spreading the ball around.”

Dixon finished 12-for-17 for 258 yards and five touchdowns. Seth Dixon rushed for 81 yards on nine carries and had two touchdowns.

Quin Stephens caught three passes for 60 yards and rushed three times for 21 yards and a score.

Tyler Robinson was the leading receiver with 124 yards on five catches with two touchdowns. Jake Grammon found the end zone twice through the air and had 69 yards receiving on three grabs.

“The boys played a much more complete game this week,” Townsend said. “It was nice having a healthy crew back for the first time this season.”

Powder Valley hosts Notus, Idaho, Friday at 6 p.m.

Shorthanded Cougars fall to Condon-Wheeler

CONDON — The Wallowa football team lost a non-league game to Condon-Wheeler 62-30 Friday. The Cougars (0-2) had three players out with the flu.

Chandler Burns had a big game for Wallowa, rushing for 227 yards, and adding 116 receiving yards and four touchdowns. Spencer Shelton had 151 passing yards, 50 rushing yards and a score.

Noah Allen returned an interception 42 yards for a touchdown for the Cougars.

“For being shorthanded and as young as we are, we had some bright spots,” Wallowa head coach Bill Robb said. 

Wallowa (0-2) has a bye next week and will return to action Sept. 27 for an Old Oregon League game against Joseph at 2 p.m.

Huskies improve to 2-0

ELGIN — The Elgin football team picked up its second win of the season with a 48-12 victory over Huntington/Harper Friday. 

The Huskies racked up 415 total yards of offense in the one-sided victory.

“It was phenomenal,” Elgin head coach Brock Eckstein said. “All the hard work we put in this summer is paying off.”

Gavin Christenson finished with 110 yards receiving on six catches and a touchdown for Elgin. He also had 78 yards rushing with a touchdown.

Chris Roberts added 81 yards rushing for the Huskies with a touchdown. Carson Reid took his one carry 52 yards for a touchdown, while Hayden Bershenyi had 48 yards rushing with one score and Curtis Littler had a 48-yard touchdown.

Gage Little threw for 110 yards and a score.

The Huskies (2-0) travel to play Joseph Friday for a  2 p.m. contest.