The Blue Mountain eagle. (John Day, Or.) 1972-current, October 17, 2018, Image 11

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October 17, 2018
Grant Union advances to tourney
Eagle file photo
Prairie City Panther Declan
Zweygardt (20) gains yards
with Connor Jones (26)
nearby in a game earlier
this season against Echo.
ends early
By Angel Carpenter
Blue Mountain Eagle
Eagle photos/Angel Carpenter
Grant Union Prospector Taylor Allen (14) fires back Saturday against Pilot Rock.
No. 2 Lady Pros compete Saturday in Stanfield
By Angel Carpenter
Blue Mountain Eagle
Grant Union students
cheer on their team.
he Grant Union Prospector volleyball
team ended their regular season unde-
feated in the Blue Mountain Conference
after sweeping the Enterprise Outlaws and Pi-
lot Rock Rockets at the 10th Annual Dig Pink
Rally Saturday.
Grant Union (23-4) is ranked No. 2 in the
state among 2A teams, with the Kennedy Tro-
jans (23-1) in the top spot.
On Saturday, Grant Union dominated the
Outlaws with scores of 25-9, 25-16 and 25-10.
Prospectors Sydney Brockway and Kaylee
Wright led with nine kills each, and Wright
also had three aces. Prospector Hailie Wright
had 20 assists, five kills and two aces.
“It’s been a good day,” said Prospector head
coach Ali Abrego after the win. “We just sealed
the deal on being league champs.”
Grant Union held off the Rockets 25-16,
25-11 and 25-21.
In the final set, Pilot Rock began whittling
away at the Grant Union’s 10-4 lead to tie the
score 12-12.
The Rockets would gain a 1-point lead, 18-
17, but Prospector Hailie Wright made a kill to
tie the score. Kaylee Wright’s serving helped
Pros dominate in homecoming shutout over Riverside
Grant Union faces
Heppner Friday
By Angel Carpenter
Blue Mountain Eagle
There was no letting up Friday
as the Grant Union Prospectors ap-
plied strong defensive pressure on
the Riverside Pirates while racking
up touchdowns for a 50-0 victory on
their homecoming night.
Junior Russell Hodge led the
Prospectors with three touchdowns,
rushing for 171 yards.
His brother, freshman Justin
Hodge, who rushed for a total of 112
yards, scored two touchdowns.
Justin Hodge brought fans to their
feet when he broke away for a 67-yard
run on Grant Union’s first possession
See PROS, Page B10
Oct. 18
Eagle photos/Angel Carpenter
Grant Union quarterback Garrett Lenz gives Riverside’s Nathan Ellis
a nudge as he rushes past Friday night in John Day. Grant Union won
their homecoming game, 50-0.
Grant Union wide receiver Justin
Hodge moves up the side of the
field for a good gain of yards in
the Prospectors’ homecoming
game against the Riverside
Pirates in John Day.
Tigers put up tough fight against Redsides
Monument hosts
By Angel Carpenter
Blue Mountain Eagle
The Dayville/Monument
Tigers (1-6) didn’t give up
in Friday’s battle against the
South Wasco Redsides (6-1)
in Monument, but the visitors
took a 77-19 win.
The Tigers had some
bright moments on the offen-
sive side in what was the Day-
ville and Monument schools’
homecoming game.
Dayville/Monument was
down 35-0 in the second
quarter when Tiger quarter-
back Donovan Schafer threw
a 20-yard touchdown pass to
Mark Thomas. Schafer con-
nected with JT Hand for the
The Prairie City Panthers’
football season came to an
earlier-than-expected end.
The Panthers’ Oct. 12
game against the McKenzie
Eagles was canceled due to a
scheduling error.
Prairie City Athletic Di-
rector Billy Colson said the
game was on the referees’
schedule, but they “forgot to
assign them to our game.”
He said the error was dis-
covered when he called to
confirm referees for the game
Oct. 11. It was too late for any
corrections, Colson said.
The Panthers were sched-
uled to host the Burnt River
Bulls for senior night Oct. 19,
but the Bulls canceled due
to lack of players — Burnt
River also had to cancel three
other games.
An optional six-man play-
off game that had been set for
Oct. 26 with Prairie City fac-
ing Mitchell/Spray/Wheeler
was canceled due to sever-
al athletes from both teams
attending the FFA National
The Panthers, led by head
coach Nate Barber, were 1-5
on the season in 1A Special
District 5.
Injuries had hampered the
team, but Barber had said
he was hopeful for a strong
comeback for the remainder
of the season.
The Eagle/Angel Carpenter
Dayville/Monument Tiger Cade Milton (75) jumps into
the fray, assisting Gabe Walker-Hopkins in tackling
South Wasco running back Garrett Olson (20).
extra point.
On South Wasco’s next
drive, Thomas emerged from
a dog pile, recovering the
Redsides’ fumble.
Hand rushed the ball 30
yards on the next play, and
Schafer launched a 20-yard
touchdown pass to Gabe
Walker-Hopkins, bringing the
score to 35-13.
The Redsides pulled away
further when Garrett Olson
scored on a long catch and
run from quarterback Tanner
Davis, Olson also kicking in
the 2 extra points.
After the Tigers’ next at-
tempt at the goal line, South
Wasco took over on downs.
Hand tackled Redside
Timoteo Hisatake in the back-
field bringing up a fourth
down, but the Redsides made
a first down and continued
their push down the field. Da-
vis tossed to Olson who threw
a touchdown pass to Brock
South Wasco led 50-13 at
the half and ran the score up
to 70-13 going into the fourth.
Tiger Tell Cox fell on the
Redsides’ onside kick at mid-
Walker-Hopkins caught a
long pass from Schafer at the
20-yard line, and Hand scored
a touchdown on the next play.
For the Redsides’ final
touchdown, LaFaver was in
as quarterback, connecting
with Davis to score.
The Redsides have only
lost one game in this first sea-
son of six-man football to the
undefeated Joseph Eagles.
Dayville/Monument head
coach Kyle Hand said there
were individuals on the team
who played well, but overall
“the kids’ heads weren’t all
the way in it.”
“Our highlight was the
second quarter,” he said. “We
played tough, tackled well
and were able to move the ball
up and down the field offen-
He said his team is young,
and they’ll take away the pos-
itives from the game as they
move forward.
Dayville/Monument has
their final game at 1 p.m. Fri-
day, hosting the Huntington
Locomotives in Dayville.
A contest with the Burnt
River Bulls that had been set
for Oct. 26 was canceled due
to lack of Burnt River play-
Long Creek/Ukiah JV
volleyball vs. Hunting-
ton in Long Creek at
4:30 p.m.
Long Creek/Ukiah JV
soccer vs. Nyssa in
Long Creek at 3:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 19
football vs. Huntington
in Dayville at 1 p.m.
Grant Union football @
Heppner at 7 p.m.
Oct. 20
Prairie City, Monument/
Dayville volleyball @
1A High Desert Tour-
nament in John Day at
9 a.m.
Grant Union volleyball
@ Blue Mountain Con-
ference Tournament in
Stanfield at noon
Grant Union middle
school cross country
@ Middle School East
Championships in
Pendleton at 4 p.m.