Observer staff

Six area football players earned a final piece of recognition for 2017 as they received Class 1A all-state honors.

Wallowa, which reached the state quarterfinals and won the Old Oregon League for the third time in four years, saw four players named to the team. Senior Ethan Burns highlighted the honors, earning a second-team all-state spot on both offense as a guard, and on defense as a linebacker.

He was joined on the second team by junior Joe Robb, who received the nod for his play on the defensive line.

The Cougars also saw two players receive honorable mention in junior quarterback Gus Ramsden and senior running back Patrick Ritthaler. The two were key pieces for the offense, with Ramsden combining for 1,800 yards rushing and passing and 30 offensive touchdowns, and Ritthaler rushing for 1,290 yards — second on the team — and 14 scores.

The quartet was key in the Cougars piling up an 8-3 overall record this season.

Powder Valley, despite going just 2-5 on the season, had two players receive honorable mention. Senior Dawson Smith earned the honor for his play as an end/receiver. Senior Hudson Cole was selected honorable mention at guard.