Football Friday: A look at local prep games for Oct. 4

October 04, 2013 10:24 am
Heppner at Union, Enterprise at Grant Union, Wallowa at Imbler, Elgin at Arlington, Joseph at Cove, Pine Eagle at Powder Valley


at Union
WHEN: 7 p.m.

RECORDS:  Heppner 4-0; Union 2-2
WHAT TO WATCH:  Defense, Heppner. The Mustangs defense has been lights out this season, allowing just six points in four games. HHS also has three shutouts this year.

ABOUT THE GAME: After facing an offensive juggernaut in Stanfield last week, Union gets one of the better defensive teams at the 2A level this week.

The Bobcats struggled in the passing game against the Tigers, as quarterback Aaron Clark didn’t complete a pass and threw two interceptions. But Union has proven it can run the ball. Brooke Scantling and Ty Coon both picked up chunks of yards on the ground last week.

The Mustangs feature sophomore running back Brian Rill, who is averaging 120 yards rushing per game this year.

He’s picking up more than eight yards per carry and has found the end zone eight times this season.

Union has to find a way to move the ball and slow down Rill.

PREDICTION: Heppner 40, Union 8

 Enterprise at 

Grant Union

WHEN: 7 p.m.


RECORDS: Enterprise 1-2; Grant Union 4-0

WHAT TO WATCH:  Scoreboard. Grant Union is outscoring opponents 182-23 so far this season. The Prospectors are coming off a 48-0 romp over Weston-McEwen.


Enterprise will have its hands full when it visits the No. 1-ranked team at the 2A level.

The Prospectors haven’t allowed any points in two games against Blue Mountain Conference teams. Grant Union also owns a pair of wins over 3A teams this year as well.

Enterprise has struggled offensively in the previous two games, getting shutout by Heppner and Weston-McEwen.

This is the second season that Grant Union is playing at the 2A level after having a number of successful seasons at the 3A level.

The Prospectors defeated Enterprise 21-7 last year.

If the Outlaws want to hang around with the Prospectors this time, they need to find a way to keep Grant Union off the field and force some turnovers.


Grant Union 55, Enterprise 0 

at Imbler

WHEN: 2 p.m.

MEDIA: Audio will be streamed live on and simulcast on 105.9 FM. It will also be on and simulcast on 92.1 FM.

RECORDS:  Wallowa 0-3; Imbler 4-1

WHAT TO WATCH:  Joe Griffin, running back, Imbler. Griffin has simply been unstoppable this year. He has 937 yards rushing and 26 touchdowns.


Wallowa just doesn’t have the numbers to hang with Imbler.

The No. 1-ranked Panthers are averaging 56.8 points per game this season, while Wallowa has mustered 78 points total in three games.

Not only do the Cougars have to contend with Griffin, but quarterback Kyle Johnson has thrown for 992 yards and 15 scores.

Chandler Burns and Spencer Shelton have proven to be playmakers for the Cougars, but it would take a herculian effort to keep up with the fast-paced Panthers.

Imbler will run its record to 5-1 with three winable games remaining on the schedule.


Imbler 66, Wallowa 6

Elgin at Arlington

WHEN: 3 p.m.


RECORDS:  Arlington 0-4; Elgin 3-0

WHAT TO WATCH:  Run game, Elgin; The Huskies have adjusted nicely to the 8-man game, starting the season 3-0 with two of those wins by double digits.
Elgin’s offense has been too much for its opponents so far this season. 

The Huskies are averaging 41 points per game in their 3-0 start to the season.
Head coach Brock Eckstein’s defensive unit has found its footing the
last two games, allowing 12 points to Harper-Huntington and shutting out Joseph.
The Huskies’ ground attack is getting better with the team adjusting to the wide-open spaces of 8-man football. Hayden Bershenyi has been the short-yardage back for Elgin, while Chris Roberts has been the change-of-pace back.

Jordan Vermillion and Gavin Christenson are also weapons for quarterback Gage Little.

Arlington will have a tough time with a confident bunch of Huskies.


Elgin 42, Arlington 8

at Cove
WHEN: 7 p.m.
RECORDS:  Cove 1-4; Joseph 1-3
WHAT TO WATCH:  Wyatt Warnock, Joseph; Warnock is coming off a 92-yard, three-touchdown performance in a win last week against rival Wallowa. 

This game pits a pair of 1-0 teams in Special District 4. 

Cove got its first win of the season last week with a 34-22 victory over Pine Eagle.

Joseph finally broke out against Wallowa, running the ball all over the Cougars.

Cove had a brutal non-conference schedule to open the season.

The Leopards fell to Dufur, Rosalia, Wash., Adrian and Liberty Christian, Wash., before getting the win over Pine Eagle in their district opener.

One of these teams will improve to 2-0, and barring an upset by Wallowa, would join Imbler at the top of the district.

Cove has the home field advantage and has won the previous four contests against Joseph, including a 62-0 runaway victory last season.

Cove 38, Joseph 30

Pine Eagle at
Powder Valley

WHEN: 7 p.m.


RECORDS:  Pine Eagle 2-3; Powder Valley 2-2

WHAT TO WATCH:  Chace Dixon, Powder Valley. Dixon is one of the leaders of a high-powered offense. The quarterback struggled in a difficult loss to Imbler last week. Look for him to get back on track this week.


Powder Valley had a setback against Imbler last week in a 56-18 loss.

But Dan Townsend’s crew is too talented to drop two in a row, and Pine Eagle is the right matchup for them to get it going.

Chace Dixon had a five-touchdown performance earlier this season, and he’ll look to spread the ball around to Seth Dixon, Quin Stephens, Tyler Robinson and Jake Grammon.

Pine Eagle has been in every game this season, losing its three games by a combined 32 points.

The Spartans own victories over Jordan Valley and Prairie City.

But this is a motivated Powder Valley squad, and Pine Eagle will have to have one of its best games of the season if it wants to pull off a Special District 4 upset.

• PREDICTION:  Powder Valley 48, 

Pine Eagle 20