It hasn’t been usual this season to see a Ramsden at the top of the stats for the Wallowa Cougar varsity football time. Usually, it’s Gus, the team’s quarterback. This week it was his brother Zeb’s turn at the top.
Zeb Ramsden, a 5-9 125-pound freshman, led the team in tackles with seven and tossed in 126 yards rushing as the squad walked all over a hapless Powder Valley team, 74-6. His efforts included scoring two of his team’s touchdowns.
Patrick Ritthaler led the offense with 153 yards, followed by Austin Brockamp with 135 and Gus Ramsden with 96. Zane Hermens ran for 70 yards and Mason Moore, Tristin Bales and Kolby Moore also recorded yardage.
Ritthaler and Bales chipped in four tackles apiece to help out on defense. Others with tackles included Sam Hilliard, Quinten Tillery, Ethan Burns and Kolby Moore.
Zane Hermans, Mike Diggens, Daniel Araya, Brockamp, Gus Ramsden, Joe Robb and Freddy DeVore each were credited with one tackle apiece.
The Cougars turn in a total of 587 yards rushing to Powder Valley’s 155 with five touchdowns in the first quarter. Powder Valley did not score until the final stanza.
Wallowa will take its 7-1 season record into battle against Crane, the top team in the High Dessert League, 3 p.m. Friday at Ontario High School. Wallowa finished atop the Old Oregon League.
Both teams will move into post-season play; however, if Wallowa wins, it will have homefield advantage, according to Coach Matt Brockamp.
Crane was ranked fifth and Wallowa sixth in the state in the final season statistics.
Brockamp said Crane has allowed the fewest points of any team during the season and Wallowa has scored the most points of any team.
“Crane has historically had a quality team and is well-coached,” Coach Brockamp noted. “We will continue to lean on what we’ve been doing all year –– physical football.”
Brockamp said everyone on the Cougar team is healthy and ready for the final games of the season.
“It’s been a fun year,” he added.