It will be the battle of the undefeateds when the Wallowa Cougars Varsisy Football team faces off against Dufur Friday evening at Eastern Oregon University.
The 7:30 p.m. game is the opening round of the playoffs for the state championship in 1A football. Both have perfect league records; Wallowa lost a nonleague game against St. Paul at the start of the season. Wallowa is ranked No. 1 in the state.
Wallowa stopped Cove dead in its tracks Oct. 19 with a 66-0 victory. It was the second game this season in which the Cougars did not allow their opponents to score. The other game was Powder Valley in early September.
In two wins this season –– Elgin and Adrian –– the Cougars allowed only one touchdown.
Sophomore Zeb Ramsden was the top player for Wallowa, amassing 260 yards rushing, seven tackles and two assists.
Seniors Gus Ramsdsen and Austin Brockamp, playing in their final regular season high school football games, had 103 and 63 yards rushing, respectively. Mason Moore, Zeb Hermens, Ian Foster and Tristin Bales all had rushing yards.
Overall, Wallowa’s offense put 504 yards rushing onto the score sheet to Cove’s 110.
Zeb Ramsden had 55-yard and 60-yard runs for touchdowns in the first quarter. He added another touchdown on a 52-yard run in the second quarter and was credited with two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter, one on a 90-yard run.
Wallowa was ahead 46-0 at halftime. The second half was a training session for future Cougar stars. Cove’s frustration was evident as a last-minute try at its first score of the game just before half-time failed.
Fifteen Wallowa players found their way into the defensive stats. Jesse Duncan had 11 assists.
Dufur could be the toughest opponent Wallowa has faced this season. Ranked second in 1A, the team is slightly larger with six players listed at 200 pounds or better on their roster. Wallowa has four. Both teams have nine seniors on the roster.
Dufur has finished first in 1A both of the past two season.
Last year, Wallowa opened post-season play defeating Elkton and finished the year losing in the quarter-finals to Triad.