Within the first minutes of Friday’s game against Cove, Wallowa quarterback Gus Ramsden scored two touchdowns. And that was only the beginning.
The junior standout was credited with two more touchdowns in the first quarter, one in the second and one in the third as he led the Cougars to a 66-8 win.
Ramsden had 208 yards rushing in the game and completed 81 passing yards, a single-game record. The pass was caught by Joe Robb, who ran the ball for a touchdown and who also turned in three tackles and six assists on defense.
Austin Brockamp added 220 yards rushing on 16 attempts and Patrick Ritthaler 125 yards rushing on nine attempts to lead the charge.
Ramsden tallied a 55-yard fumble return for a touchdown and a 66-yard run.
Ritthaler turned in four tackles and four assists, Ethan Burns four tackles and three assists, Ramsden three tackles and four assists, Robb three tackles and six assists, Sam Hilliard three tackles and three assists and Brockamp had 2 tackles and 10 assists to lead the defensive stats.
Wallowa had 617 total yards in the game, the best single-game performance on the season
The Cove Leopards turned in 77 total yards and didn’t score their lone touchdown until the fourth quarter.
Cove had two fumbles that resulted in turnovers and two interceptions as well as three penalties.
It was not the game coach Matt Brockamp had expected.
“We were ready for them,” coach Brockamp said. “This was a big win for the program.”
Cove was ahead of Wallowa and in first place in the league going into the game, which Brockamp had earlier said would be an early league title game.
With the win, Wallowa moved to 6-1 for the season and Cove fell to 5-2.
The Cougars conclude regular season play Friday against Powder Valley (2-4).
Coach Brockamp said Powder Valley is “big, mean and nasty” and essentially has nothing to lose. He expects a physical game, which usually plays into Wallowa’s hands.
Brockamp said he has seen four films of the team in which they used four different offenses and a variety of defense strategies, “none of them very good.”
Brockamp expects Wallowa will face Crane in the opening rounds of post-season play.