PHOTO GALLERY: Wallowa High Cougars trounce Elkton is opening round of state tournament

Will face top-ranked Triad in quarterfinals Saturday
Paul Wahl

Wallowa County Chieftain

Published on November 8, 2017 10:01AM

Last changed on November 8, 2017 11:01AM

Wallowa High School’s Patrick Ritthaler gains yards for the Cougars during a playoff game against Elkton in Elkton on Saturday. Ritthaler was key in three of the team’s touchdowns.

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Wallowa High School’s Patrick Ritthaler gains yards for the Cougars during a playoff game against Elkton in Elkton on Saturday. Ritthaler was key in three of the team’s touchdowns.

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Wallowa High School’s Gus Ramsden, middle, leads a blitz on Elkton quarterback Austin Luzier during a playoff game in Elkton on Saturday.

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Wallowa High School’s Gus Ramsden, middle, leads a blitz on Elkton quarterback Austin Luzier during a playoff game in Elkton on Saturday.

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Wallowa High School’s Tristin Bales brings down Elkton quarterback Austin Luzier during a playoff game in Elkton on Saturday.

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Wallowa High School’s Tristin Bales brings down Elkton quarterback Austin Luzier during a playoff game in Elkton on Saturday.

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Wallowa High School quarterback Gus Ramsden scrambles away from the Elkton defense during a playoff game in Elkton on Saturday.

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Wallowa High School quarterback Gus Ramsden scrambles away from the Elkton defense during a playoff game in Elkton on Saturday.

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Wallowa High School’s Gus Ramsden, left, nearly picks off a pass intended for Elkton High School’s Jase Billman during a playoff game in Elkton on Saturday. Wallowa won the game, 44-6.

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Wallowa High School’s Gus Ramsden, left, nearly picks off a pass intended for Elkton High School’s Jase Billman during a playoff game in Elkton on Saturday. Wallowa won the game, 44-6.

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Wallowa High School’s varsity football team met with huge success in the opening salvo of the Class 1A football playoffs Saturday in Elkton.

Patrick Ritthaler sparked the 44-6 win with a season-high 235 of the team total 441 yards rushing and another 20 yards receiving. Ritthaler also led the Cougars defensively with seven tackles and eight assists. He was key player in three of the team’s six touchdowns, including a 65-yard run.

Wallowa scored twice in the first quarter and three times in the second with a final touchdown in the third quarter.

Austin Brockamp tallied 134 yards rushing, along with quarterback Gus Ramsden’s 69 yards.

A feckless Elkton squad managed one touchdown in the second quarter and came up short with only 154 yards rushing in the game, 56 yards passing.

Coach Matt Brockamp said the second half degenerated into a hostile environment for the Cougars.

“We just ran the clock out and got out of there without any problems,” he said.

The team had traveled Friday, played Saturday and returned at around midnight.

“We had a good crowd and really appreciated the fans who traveled that far,” Brockamp said.

The Cougars will be back on the road this week traveling to Klamath Falls to play Triad at Klamath Union High School’s Modoc Field 1 p.m. Saturday.

Triad advanced to quarterfinal play Friday night defeating Yoncalla, 70-22.

Brockamp said Triad came to Wallowa two years ago for a playoff game and the Cougars came out on top. He’s hoping for a similar result in this year’s matchup.

Triad is 9-1 thus far on the season. Wallowa is 8-2. Triad came into post-season play ranked No. 1 in the state.









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