Cove can't touch Joseph; Harshman scores five times in Eagles' 58-8 winJoseph High football's offensive line opened gaping holes, and senior running back Chris Harshman took full advantage. He rushed for five touchdowns, and the Eagles claimed a 58-8 win over the Leopards at Cove on Friday afternoon.
"It was a good overall performance," coach Rusty Eschler said. "The offensive line was really good. Our intensity was better."
In its first league game of the season, Joseph (2-2 overall, 1-0 in the district) ruled the field all day, taking a 38-0 lead at halftime. Thanks largely went to the blockers: junior center Caleb DeBoie, senior guard Ethan Lowe, senior guard Devin Patton, junior tight end Gavin Baynes and freshman tight end Ian Parks. If any tacklers tried to plug the gaps, senior fullback Ben Garnett took came of them.
Following back-to-back losses at the hands of Dufur and South Wasco County, the Eagles used a bye week to get back in order. Leading up to the Cove game, the week's practices included a lot more contact then usual.
"I thought we were timid against Dufur, and we just weren't there at South Wasco County. We came out flat," Eschler said. "We had more hitting in practice, even though I don't like that. But if the intensity goes up in practice, then it's more like a game. It gets them ready."
The victory gives the Eagles some momentum going into this week's game against Imbler. The undefeated Panthers come to Joseph on Friday night, with the kickoff at 7 p.m.
The Imbler Panthers improved to 5-0, with a 61-6 win over Wallowa on Friday afternoon.