The third-ranked Wallowa Cougars on Oct. 5 waylaid another opponent. The grid squad handily defeated Pine Eagle 58-16 in their fifth straight game of scoring at least 50 points.
The Cougars came out with claws bared, scoring 26 unanswered points in the first quarter with four touchdowns by sophomore Zeb Ramsden. The team added 24 points in the second, which included a fifth Ramsden touchdown. That put Wallowa up 50-0 at the half.
Quarterback Gus Ramsden threw three touchdown passes as he completed 5-of-10 passes for 85 yards while rushing for 63 more. Zeb Ramsden led the ground game with 124 yards on six touches while Austin Brockamp gained 70 ground yards on 13 carries.
Zane Hermens led the receiving squad with 45 yards on one reception and a TD. Tristin Bales hauled in three passes for 28 yards and a score while Zeb Ramsden snagged a TD pass for 12 yards.
Defensively, Wyatt Prince and Joe Robb led the destruction with three tackles and two assists each. Gus Ramsden also collected an interception.
Coach Matt Brockamp made sure every member of the team got significant playing time.
“We pulled the pads from three or four of our guys and let the freshmen play,” he said. “The kids are playing well and doing good things. It was a good game.”
Coach Brockamp singled out the offensive line for play above and beyond duty.
“Up front, the guys are doing exceptionally well,” Brockamp said. “It’s been a point of emphasis this year, cleaning up our blocking.” The coach noted the play of seniors Michael Diggins and Zane Hermens, as well as some younger athletes.
The Cougars have plowed their way to a 5-1 season record. They next battle Crane on the Mustangs’ home turf on Friday, Oct. 12 at 1 p.m.
“It’s going to be a big week for us here at Wallowa football. We’re looking for a showdown,” Brockamp said.