Despite a strong effort in less than perfect conditions, Wallowa High School’s Cougar varsity football team came up on the short end of a 36-52 score against a combined Adrian and Jordan Valley team.
The game was played Saturday, moved from Friday because of difficulty with the lights at Adrian’s field.
Quarterback Gus Ramsden led the team with 186 yards passing and 134 yards rushing. Patrick Ritthaler contributed 149 receiving yards. Sam Hilliard was pegged for 37 yards rushing.
“Gus had a good game and didn’t slow down one bit,” said Coach Matt Brockamp. “He had a couple nice long runs.”
Ramsden had a 73-yard run for a touchdown in the second quarter and a 54-yard run in for a score in the third. He completed four of nine pass attempts, two of which resulted in touchdowns.
Wallowa drew first blood on an 11-yard run across the goal line for Austin Brockamp. He had a total of 36 yards rushing for the game.
The Cougars sat on those eight points until the middle of the second quarter and had boosted the score to 20 by the half.
Wallowa added one touchdown in the third and another in the fourth.
Coach Brockamp said the final score was a bit misleading as Adrian score on the last play of the game.
“They played good defense against us and we gave them a short field three times firsthalf,” Brockamp said.
The Wallowa squad was coming off what the coach referred to as a tough week, having to practice indoors in t-shirts and shirts because of poor air quality from nearby wildfires.
Air temperatures were in the mid-90s at game time, which had several players vomiting on the sidelines and pulling shoulder pads to stay cool.
Brockamp said he believes with a full week of outdoor practice in full gear, his team should be ready to face Sherman County 4 p.m. Friday at Powder Valley.
“They are big ... I mean really big, and they have a talented quarterback,” said Brockamp. “Sherman is probably the biggest team on our schedule, perhaps the biggest in the state.”
Two Sherman players weigh in at nearly 300 pounds each. Another four players are listed in the 200-plus category.
Sherman, like Wallowa, has one win and a loss thus far into the season.