The first season of Enterprise High School eight-man football came to an end with a 42-14 loss at the hands of Elgin on Friday, Oct. 26, at EOU in La Grande.
“Our lack of depth caught up with us,” said Coach Rusty Eschler.
The coach said the Outlaws started out tough and strong, as they marched down the field and scored a touchdown on their first possession. The team also converted a two-point extra-points attempt.
Elgin answered with a touchdown, but at halftime, the Outlaws had held their own, down 16-8. Early in the third quarter, key player Coy Aschenbrenner left the game with an injury not to return.
“We didn’t have anybody to replace him,” Eschler said. Aschenbrenner’s absence was compounded by two other missing players attending an FFA convention, including a starter.
“It just caught up with us and steamrolled after that,” Eschler said.
Offensively, the Outlaw stats looked good. Sophomore Trace Evans racked up 208 yards rushing and a touchdown while Shane Lund added 70 more. Quarterback Jacob Amaro completed six of eight passes for 94 yards and a TD. Jericho Peters snagged a 65-yard touchdown pass.
“The kids stayed with it the whole time; they didn’t quit,” Eschler said.
The Outlaws ended their season with a 4-3 league record and 4-4 for the season.
“All in all, it was a great season,” Eschler said. “The kids had a lot of fun. Maybe we can build on this and get some more kids playing next year.”