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Andrew Peasley threw for 257 yards and three touchdowns and the Tigers scored the first 20 points of the second half before holding on for a 43-38 victory over Ontario Friday.

Peasley added 130 yards rushing and two scores, and G.T. Blackman had 169 yards receiving and a touchdown for La Grande, which trailed 26-23 at halftime before taking command in the third.

“We played OK, but I’d call it almost a clunky first half,” head coach Harold Shannon said. “Then we got (it) together at halftime.”

The Tigers put together two lengthy, methodical drives — both of which were more than six minutes — in the second half that turned into points. Parker Robinson capped the first with a six-yard run that gave La Grande a 30-26 lead. Peasley later hit Cade Reed for a two-yard score with 5:01 to play for a 43-26 lead.

In between, the Tigers used a big play for a score — a 45-yard TD reception by Reed.

La Grande (3-1 overall) travels to The Dalles Friday for its final nonleague game.

Also Friday

Elgin solves Riddle: Tristan Simpson had 16 rushes for 178 yards and four touchdowns as Elgin throttled Riddle, 60-8, Friday.

Gage McKay added nine rushes for 119 yards and one touchdown, while Wyatt Hallgarth had 12 rushes for 94 yards and two touchdowns.

The Huskies finished with 505 yards of offense, all on the ground.

“Overall, our guys played a really good game considering we had to travel almost nine hours to Riddle,” head coach Jeff Rysdam said. “Our defense was pretty much rock solid throughout the game.”

Elgin (3-1 overall) travels to Colton, Washington, Friday.

Outlaws run over Panthers: Justus Even had 133 yards and three touchdowns to power Enterprise to a 40-8 win over Imbler.

Even also had a kickoff return for a touchdown. Trent Walker added 99 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

“Anytime you get a win over Imbler it’s a good deal,” head coach Rusty Eschler said. “ We had to replace our starting quarterback at our first game. Even took over and performed great for us. All the kids performed well.”

Ryan Patterson had 24 carries for 139 yards and a score for the Panthers.

Enterprise (1-1 overall) hosts Pilot Rock Friday, while Imbler (0-2) welcomes in Portland Christian Saturday.

Cougars dominate Eagles: Austin Brockamp had 26 carries for 164 yards and three touchdowns, leading Wallowa to a 48-12 in Old Oregon League play in Joseph.

Ethan Burns added 10 tackles and a 41-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

“We did not play very well in the first quarter and Joseph had momentum,” head coach Matt Brockamp said. “We kept playing, kept after it. Got things rolling along. That was a good win. Last year we lost to Joseph for the first time in a long time, so it felt good to get back on top of that rivalry.”

Tyler Homan had 25 carries for 159 yards and one touchdown for the Eagles. Trey Wandschneider had three catches for 101 yards and one touchdown.

“We knew Wallowa is the best in our league,” head coach Toby Koehn said. “We came with a little bit of a different game plan. I was proud of the kids for playing hard hitting game. Wallowa is a good team. It’s fun to play against them because they play and they’re a well-coached team.”

The Cougars (3-1 overall, 1-0 OOL) host Echo Friday while Joseph (2-2, 0-1) travels to Powder Valley.

Cove buries Powder Valley: Emilio Ortiz scored three touchdowns and had an interception to lead Cove to a 40-14 Old Oregon League win over Powder Valley Friday. Dawson Gaertner, Bryson Stitzel and Bubba Dillman also scored for the Leopards. Powder Valley stats were not provided.

Cove (3-1 overall, 1-0 OOL) hosts Pine Eagle Friday. The Badgers (0-3, 0-1) host Joseph.

Bobcats fall to Weston-McEwen: Union suffered its fourth straight loss, 17-0, to Weston-McEwen. Stats were not provided.

The Bobcats (0-4 overall) next travel to Elgin Oct. 6.