Football Friday: A look at local prep games for Oct. 11

Written by Observer staff reports October 11, 2013 10:35 am
Union at Weston-McEwen, Irrigon at Enterprise, Wallowa at Pine Eagle, Powder Valley at Cove, Imbler at Joseph, Elgin at Rosalia, Wash.

 Union at Weston McEwen

• WHEN: 7 p.m.
• MEDIA: None

RECORDS:  Union 2-3 overall, 0-3 BMC; Weston-McEwen 2-3 overall, 2-1 BMC
WHAT TO WATCH: 
Defense, Union. The Bobcats can score points, but will need to hold Weston-McEwen’s offense down for a win.

ABOUT THE GAME:
This is the part of the season the Union Bobcats have been waiting for. The toughest part of the Blue Mountain Conference schedule is over.
Head coach Jon Reynolds can now see what his young team learned from the 0-3 conference start.
Expect another heavy dose of senior Ty Coon in the running game for Union.
Quarterback Aaron Clark, a sophomore, is still learning the 11-man game, and is making slow progress this season along with the offensive line.
The running game will be important if the Bobcats are going to get their first conference win this season.
The Tiger-Scots picked up wins against Enterprise and Pilot Rock in conference.

PREDICTION: 

Union 28,
Weston-McEwen 16


Irrigon at Enterprise

WHEN: 7 p.m.

MEDIA: None

RECORDS: Irrigon 4-2 overall, 1-2 BMC; Enterprise 1-4 overall, 0-3 BMC

WHAT TO WATCH:  Offense, Enterprise. The question is if the Outlaws will have any. Enterprise has three touchdowns so far this season in five games.

• ABOUT THE GAME: 

It all comes down to scoring points. 

The Outlaws have had problems scoring points all year long. Of the 27 points scored by Enterprise, 18 came in its lone win of the season against Mac-Hi.

Enterprise is last in the conference in scoring average per game, with  5.4 points per contest.

Outlaw quarterbacks have completed eight passes this season for 75 yards with three interceptions.

The ground attack hasn’t been much better, averaging 49 yards per game. Of the 247 yards rushing this season, 131 came in the win against Mac-Hi.

Irrigon’s lone conference win this season came against the Rockets.

The Knights average 23 points per game and allow opposing teams to score 24.3 points per game.

• PREDICTION: 
Irrigon 42,
Enterprise
3


 Wallowa 

at Pine Eagle

WHEN: 2 p.m.

MEDIA: Audio will be streamed on kwvrradio.net and simulcast on 92.1 FM.

RECORDS:  Wallowa 0-4 overall, 0-2 SD4; Pine Eagle 2-4 overall, 0-2 SD4

WHAT TO WATCH:  Offense, Wallowa and Pine Eagle. Both teams struggle to put points on the board. Whichever offense can get into the end zone will come out with an important league win.

ABOUT THE GAME:

This will be that game that falls, and rolls around, into sports cliches.

Both teams struggle to put points on the board, so turnovers will be key. 

Whichever team can move the chains and finish drives will walk away the winner.

Wallowa will need strong efforts by

Chandler Burns and Spencer Shelton for the Cougars. 

If Pine Eagle is at full strength this game, they have a good chance to keep Wallowa winless. 

The Spartans were missing a player due to team disciplinary reasons in the shutout loss to Cove last week.

Jeff Rice is a key part of the Spartans rushing attack.

• PREDICTION: 
Pine Eagle 36, Wallowa 12 


 Powder Valley 

at Cove
WHEN: 7 p.m.

MEDIA: Audio will be streamed live on yourboomerradio.com and simulcast on 105.9 FM and simucast on 95.3 FM. 

RECORDS:  Powder Valley 3-2 overall, 1-1 SD4; Cove 2-4 overall, 2-0 SD4

• WHAT TO WATCH:  Chace Dixon, quarterback, Powder Valley. Dixon should have nice weather to distribute the ball around the field to his receivers.
• ABOUT THE GAME:
This is the biggest game in the Special District 4 this week. 

The Leopards currently sit in second place in the league standings with four games left to play. 

The league gets to guaranteed spots into the playoffs, meaning both teams can’t afford to lose.

The Badgers’ passing attack may be too much for Cove to defend. Cove will need to get pressure on Dixon to make him uncomfortable in the pocket.

The Leopards push for the playoffs starts this week, facing the Badgers followed by Imbler next week. Cove will need to win one of these games to make the playoffs. 

• PREDICTION:
Powder Valley 52,
Cove
12


Imbler
at Joseph

WHEN: 7 p.m.
MEDIA: Audio will be streamed on kwvrradio.net and simulcast on 92.1 FM.

• RECORDS:  Imbler 5-1 overall, 2-0 SD4; Joseph 1-4 overall, 1-1 SD4
• WHAT TO WATCH:  Offense, Imbler; The Panthers offense is clicking on all cylinders after a 68-6 win against Wallowa last week. 

• ABOUT THE GAME: The Panthers appear to be on cruise control now in the Special District 4, with a perfect record in league play. Imbler is loaded with playmakers. Running back Joe Griffin is averaging more than 12 yards per carry this season with 29 offensive touchdowns. Quarterback Kyle Johnson is completing 58 percent of his passes this season with 18 touchdowns and one interception. The success for the Panthers is due to the experienced and talented offensive line. The allow Griffin to find the running lanes, and give Johnson time to go through his reads in the pocket.

The Eagles have trouble putting points on the board, averaging 16.8 points per game, and are coming off a shutout loss to Cove last week.

• PREDICTION:
Imbler 72, Joseph 6


Elgin at
Rosalia, Wash.

• WHEN: 7 p.m.

• MEDIA: None

• RECORDS:  Elgin 3-1 overall; Rosalia, Wash., 4-1 overall

WHAT TO WATCH:  Offense, Rosalia. The Spartans offense is full of speed, starting with the quarterback and moving further into the backfield with a pair of speedy running backs.

• ABOUT THE GAME:

The question Elgin head coach Brock Eckstien is asking himself this week is, how will his team bounce back from its first 8-man loss this season.

The Huskies didn’t come out sharp against Arlington following a bye week, losing 28-14.

Elgin’s defense will have its hands full with the option attack used by Rosalia.

The Spartans fell last week to Troy, Idaho, 52-6. Troy is no slouch, currently the No. 1 team in Class 1A Division I. 

Rosalia has had no trouble scoring on other teams, averaging 61.5 points in its four wins this season.

The Spartans showcased that speed in Union County against Cove, a 50-22 win Sept 6.

In that game Rosalia scored on plays of 80, 65, 47 and 42 yards.

• PREDICTION:  Rosalia, Wash 48, Elgin 16