Football Friday: A look at local prep games for Oct. 18

By Observer staff October 18, 2013 10:12 am
Union at Irrigon, Pilot Rock at Enterprise, Powder Valley at Wallowa, Cove at Imbler, Pine Eagle at Joseph, Echo at Elgin, 


at Irrigon 

WHEN: 7 p.m.


RECORDS:  Union 2-4 overall, 0-4 BMC; Weston-McEwen 4-3 overall, 1-3 BMC
WHAT TO WATCH:  Chris Ross and Brooke Scantling, running backs, Union. The Bobcats will be without lead back Ty Coon. That means Ross and Scantling will need to pick up the slack in the ground game.

Union was dealt a bad blow with an injury to running back Ty Coon. He’s been the focal point of the offense all season.

An already youthful Union team will need to play consistent football for four quarters to pick up its first BMC win.

Irrigon is looking to bounce back after a tough loss to Enterprise last week.

The Knights are a quick team and Enterprise was able to wear them down. Union will attempt to do the same thing. 

It will be up to the Bobcats’ offensive line to make that happen.


Irrigon 32, Union 8

 Pilot Rock at Enterprise

WHEN: 7 p.m.


RECORDS: Pilot Rock 0-6 overall, 0-4 BMC; Enterprise 2-4 overall, 1-3 BMC

WHAT TO WATCH:  Offensive line, Enterprise. The line came up big during last week’s win against Irrigon. They’ll need to open the running lanes for Enterprise to have the same success.


Enterprise has stuck with its gameplan despite a rough start to the season. 

It paid of last week with a 31-8 win against Irrigon, the first BMC win for the Outlaws.

Running will be at the forefront of the Enterprise attack with Jake McCadden leading the way. The sophomore ran for 156 yards during the win, and should receive a bulk of the touches against the Rockets.

Pilot Rock is still searching for its first win the season.

The Rockets have still scored more points this season than Enterprise, 77-58.

Enterprise 36,  Pilot Rock 6

Powder Valley
at Wallowa

WHEN: 2 p.m.

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

RECORDS:  Powder Valley 4-2 overall, 2-1 SD4; Wallowa 0-3 overall, 0-5 SD4

WHAT TO WATCH:  Secondary, Wallowa. Wallowa will be tested by the passing attack of Powder Valley.


Powder Valley is eyeing that second spot into the playoffs, and a win tonight will make that a good possibility. 

The Badgers will also be scoreboard watching during the game. Cove, which will be at Imbler, is currently tied with Powder Valley for the final assured playoff spot.

The Badgers will rely on the arm of Chace Dixon once again. The senior quarterback has been effective spreading the ball around this season to his wide receivers.

Wallowa has struggled to play with teams at the bottom of the district, and will find it tough to keep the Badgers at bay.

Powder Vallley 36,
Wallowa 12

at Imbler
WHEN: 7 p.m.

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

RECORDS:  Cove 2-5 overall, 2-1 SD4; Imbler 6-1 overall, 3-0 SD4

• WHAT TO WATCH:  Cove, defense. The Leopards were tested last week against Powder Valley, and will be tested again this week against Imbler.
The Panthers running attack hasn’t been stopped yet this season during the Special District 4 schedule. 

Junior running back Joe Griffin has run inside, outside and whatever other way he can to get into the end zone. Griffin has 33 offensive touchdowns this season. 

Cove found more offense running with Cole Lacy, but will need to be able to stop the Panthers from scoring to stay in the game.

The Leopards will need to force turnovers on defense, against a team that doesn’t turn the ball over.  

Powder Valley 52,

Pine Eagle
at Joseph

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

• RECORDS:  Pine Eagle 3-4 overall, 1-2 SD4; Joseph 1-5 overall, 1-2 SD4

• WHAT TO WATCH:  Wyatt Warnock, Joseph. Warnock brings athleticism to the field for the Eagles.

• ABOUT THE GAME: This is a battle of a pair of 1-2 teams in Special District 4.

The Spartans snapped a three-game losing steak last week with a 54-6 victory over Wallowa to notch their first league win of the season.

The Eagles are trending the other direction.

After a victory over the Cougars at the end of September, Joseph has dropped its last two games, getting outscored 102-6.

Pine Eagle has proven it can score points this season, putting up at least 14 points each game.

If the Eagles want to hang around, they have to find the end zone early and often.

Pine Eagle 36,
Joseph 16

at Elgin

• WHEN: 7 p.m.

• MEDIA: None

• RECORDS:  Echo 1-5 overall. 0-4 SD3; Elgin 3-2

WHAT TO WATCH:  Offense, Elgin. After back-to-back tough games, the Huskies get a break with Echo coming to town.


Elgin may have to do without quarterback Gage Little, who suffered a head injury last week during a 50-26 loss to Rosalia, Wash.

That will leave a big hole for head coach Brock Eckstien to fill. 

The Huskies will focus on their running attack, led by sophomore Gavin Christenson.

Fortunately, Elgin has plenty of options to go to on the ground, including Hayden Bershenyi, who ran for 100 yards and a touchdown last week against the Spartans.

The Huskies will have extra motivation with it being their homecoming game.

Echo has struggled this season, although playing a tough schedule. The Cougars lone win this season was a 50--22 win against Wallowa Sept. 6.

Elgin 32, Echo 28