Wallowa High School’s varsity football team met with huge success in the opening salvo of the Class 1A football playoffs Saturday in Elkton.

Patrick Ritthaler sparked the 44-6 win with a season-high 235 of the team total 441 yards rushing and another 20 yards receiving. Ritthaler also led the Cougars defensively with seven tackles and eight assists. He was key player in three of the team’s six touchdowns, including a 65-yard run.

Wallowa scored twice in the first quarter and three times in the second with a final touchdown in the third quarter.

Austin Brockamp tallied 134 yards rushing, along with quarterback Gus Ramsden’s 69 yards.

A feckless Elkton squad managed one touchdown in the second quarter and came up short with only 154 yards rushing in the game, 56 yards passing.

Coach Matt Brockamp said the second half degenerated into a hostile environment for the Cougars.

“We just ran the clock out and got out of there without any problems,” he said.

The team had traveled Friday, played Saturday and returned at around midnight.

“We had a good crowd and really appreciated the fans who traveled that far,” Brockamp said.

The Cougars will be back on the road this week traveling to Klamath Falls to play Triad at Klamath Union High School’s Modoc Field 1 p.m. Saturday.

Triad advanced to quarterfinal play Friday night defeating Yoncalla, 70-22.

Brockamp said Triad came to Wallowa two years ago for a playoff game and the Cougars came out on top. He’s hoping for a similar result in this year’s matchup.

Triad is 9-1 thus far on the season. Wallowa is 8-2. Triad came into post-season play ranked No. 1 in the state.

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