PHOTO GALLERY: Enterprise Outlaws fall in state playoffs

By Steve Tool

Wallowa County Chieftain

Published on November 8, 2017 10:06AM

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Brett Greenshields strips the ball out of the hands of Kennedy runningback Emorej Lynk during Saturday’s state championship playoff game in Enterprise. The ball is behind Lynk’s right foot. The Outlaws took possession on the play.

Paul Wahl/Chieftain Brett Greenshields strips the ball out of the hands of Kennedy runningback Emorej Lynk during Saturday’s state championship playoff game in Enterprise. The ball is behind Lynk’s right foot. The Outlaws took possession on the play.

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Cole Farwell hangs on to the ball after a rough tackle in the early going of Saturday’s state champion playoff game in Enterprise against Kennedy High.

Paul Wahl/Chieftain Cole Farwell hangs on to the ball after a rough tackle in the early going of Saturday’s state champion playoff game in Enterprise against Kennedy High.

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Enterprise quarterback Justus Even makes a play in Saturday’s state playoff game against the Kennedy Trojans.

Paul Wahl/Chieftain Enterprise quarterback Justus Even makes a play in Saturday’s state playoff game against the Kennedy Trojans.

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Dylan Marr makes a tackle in Saturdays game against Kennedy.

Paul Wahl/Chieftain Dylan Marr makes a tackle in Saturdays game against Kennedy.

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A gang of Outlaws converge on a Kennedy Trojan runner during Saturday’s state championship playoff game in Enterprise.

Paul Wahl/Chieftain A gang of Outlaws converge on a Kennedy Trojan runner during Saturday’s state championship playoff game in Enterprise.

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Trace Even prepares to take down Kennedy runningback Emorej Lynk in Saturday’s game in Enterprise.

Paul Wahl/Chieftain Trace Even prepares to take down Kennedy runningback Emorej Lynk in Saturday’s game in Enterprise.

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Trace Evens makes his way around several Kennedy runners in the early going of Saturday’s state playoff game in Enterprise.

Paul Wahl/Chieftain Trace Evens makes his way around several Kennedy runners in the early going of Saturday’s state playoff game in Enterprise.

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Coach Rusty Eschler and assistant Sam Magera encourage the Outlaws during Saturday’s game against Kennedy.

Paul Wahl/Chieftain Coach Rusty Eschler and assistant Sam Magera encourage the Outlaws during Saturday’s game against Kennedy.

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Fans young and old came out to cheer on the Outlaws in their first round of play in the football state tournament.

Paul Wahl/Chieftain Fans young and old came out to cheer on the Outlaws in their first round of play in the football state tournament.

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Brett Greenshields hydrates halfway through the first half of Saturday’s game with Kennedy.

Paul Wahl/Chieftain Brett Greenshields hydrates halfway through the first half of Saturday’s game with Kennedy.

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Coach Rusty Eschler has words with Brett Greenshileds in Saturday’s game against Kennedy.

Paul Wahl/Chieftain Coach Rusty Eschler has words with Brett Greenshileds in Saturday’s game against Kennedy.

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Enterprise Outlaw Caleb Reed puts a defensive move on Kennedy’s quarterback Angel De La Rosa in Saturday’s state championship playoff game in Enterprise.

Paul Wahl/Chieftain Enterprise Outlaw Caleb Reed puts a defensive move on Kennedy’s quarterback Angel De La Rosa in Saturday’s state championship playoff game in Enterprise.

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Lost opportunities, mainly in the form of turnovers, brought an end to the Outlaws 2017 2A state football champion hopes Saturday. The Outlaws lost to Kennedy High School from the Salem area in the first round, 33-0.

The game started evenly with neither team scoring until Kennedy hit paydirt with 4:32 remaining in the first quarter.

The Trojans controlled the rest of the game. Although they passed the ball enough to keep the defense honest, they focused on a running game that ate up both huge chunks of yardage and clock time.

Enterprise opportunities included a fumble after a 20-yard kick return, which later became a touchdown. An intercepted pass had the same result. The score stood 20-0 at the half.

The Outlaws held Kennedy scoreless in the third quarter and a good portion of the fourth quarter, but the sputtering offense left the defense on the field for extended periods, which contributed to the two fourth-quarter Trojans scores. The offense sustained a drive to the Kennedy 34-yard line but stalled on an Outlaws fumble.

Both Cole Farwell and Trace Evans ran well for the Outlaws and quarterback Justus Even saw some success with short yardage passes up the middle. The defense remained steadfast for the most part but spent the vast majority of the game on the field.

Senior Brett Greenshields blocked two PAT attempts.

Farwell led the rushing with 44 yards and Jake Coggins gained 27. Dylan Marr had 21 yards receiving and Trace Evans was good for 34 yards airmail. The offense gave up two fumbles and three interceptions.

“We were in the football game, but we didn’t do anything to give ourselves more momentum,” Coach Rusty Eschler said. “Anytime we started a drive or had anything positive, we’d turn the ball over.”

Eschler gave his team credit for a hard-fought game. He noted that the Outlaws last appeared in a playoff game in 2013 and last hosted a playoff game in 2002 or 2003.

“We came out and fought a lot harder in the second half, and the first half was turnovers. We easily could have gone into half time only down 7-0,” Eschler said. Those back-to-back turnovers ended up being 14 points –– that killed us.”

Eschler noted that the team is young and played without one of its leading rushers.

“Considering no one expected us to be here in the first place, the kids played well –– all season,” Eschler said. “The kids did an outstanding job. They’re pretty special.”























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