Mustangs squeak by Adrian While trick-or-treating last weekend, Joseph High School's idle football players learned they'd be facing Jordan Valley's Mustangs in a playoff.
The night of Halloween, the Mustangs secured a spot in the state brackets by winning their last game. Tied with Adrian High for second place in their league, Jordan Valley's team won 20-16 at Adrian.
Knowing the winner would advance to play at Joseph, the Eagles' coaches were already preparing. Joseph assistant coach Randall Eschler scouted the game. Also, head coach Rusty Eschler watched Jordan Valley's Sept. 26 victory at Pine Eagle. The Mustangs come to Joseph with an overall record of 9-1. "They've got some size," Rusty said, "a 6-foot-6 and a 6-7 tight end. They'll be a challenge. It's gonna be a good game."
For the third time in four years, Joseph's team moves onto a state playoff. The Eagles concluded a relatively comfortable regular season with an overall record of 8-1. Old Oregon district coaches voted eight Eagles to the honor roll. Senior Erik Steen made the first team as a kicker and the second team as a punter. He was also an honorable-mention quarterback. Grant Marcum, transferring from Class 4A Baker High, made the first team as a running back and a kick returner. Coaches also voted Ethan Lowe to their first-team offense (guard) and defense (tackle). Joseph seniors Caleb DeBoie, Clancy Warnock, Sam Garnett Gavin Baynes and Nick Moncrief each earned a spot on the all-star teams. Check out the listing in the Scoreboard on Page B3.