Six-man football has proven a good fit for Joseph High School and first-year coach Duncan Christman.
The team added another lopsided victory 60-0 Saturday afternoon against Burnt River.
But this wasn’t your ordinary football game. Burnt River’s team consists entirely of international exchange students who live in a dormitory in Unity, an hour southwest of Baker City.
Since many of the players were new to the country, the state and their school, Christman decided to turn the match-up into a junior varsity game.
The younger players stepped up and performed admirably.
“We thought it would be a bit more enjoyable for the other team if we treated it as a JV game rather than our full-on varsity,” Christman said. “Every kid got to play, and we tried kids at all different positions. It was a glimpse of our program in the future.”
Freshman Chase Homan led the team with 129 yards rushing on 11 carries. Another freshman, Hayden Hite, added 108 yards to the tally and Carson Littlepage was credited for 26 yards.
Trace Collier completed five of eight passes for the Eagles.
Homan was credited for three of the team’s touchdowns. Others who appeared on the stat sheet were Jonah Staigle, Juston Rodgers and Brad Wilcox
Back-to-back wins while holding both opponents scoreless wasn’t necessarily how Christman envisioned Joseph’s chances in the six-man arena.
“I expected it would be a new experience and went into it not sure what to expect,” he said. “We’ve beat those expectations out of the water.”
Harper Charter and South Wasco County are shaping up to be among the top three toughest teams in the league, along with Joseph. Harper is also 2-0 for the season, but has been scored on in both games. South Wasco has one game under it’s belt, a 55-0 ear-boxing of Triangle Lake in Wilsonville.
Joseph has a bit more time to prepare to face the two teams as those matchups are scheduled much later in the season.
Joseph will play Dayville/Monument 6 p.m. Friday on the Joseph High School football field.