Wallowa's hopes in the post season were dashed on Friday afternoon as the Cove Leopards took advantage of a number of Wallowa miscues to defeat the Cougars 46-16 in Old Oregon League post season play. Turnovers plagued the Cougars as they coughed up the ball seven times inside of the Leopards 20 yard line.
"We played the best defense that we have played all year but we couldn't generate any offense to go along with it. They (the Cove defense) were constantly bringing five guys at us and it finally wore us out," said WHS coach Greg Oveson. The Cougars were in the contest at the end of the first quarter only down 14-8. Wallowa scored their only points of the first half on a 19 yard run by Jake Redfield. WHS quarterback Patrick Green found Kaleb Oveson in the end zone for the two point conversion.
Cove scored 18 unanswered points in the second and third quarters to give the Leopards a 32-8 lead heading into the final period.
Wallowa's only other score came late in the fourth quarter. Green hit Kainoa Delatori with a 19 yard strike for the TD. Green and Oveson connected for the two point conversion.
"Things just didn't go our way. I'm not unhappy with the kids performance. They fought right down to the end. It was frustrating for everybody," Oveson said. "It was a good ball game. The score really doesn't indicate how good it was," he added.
Cove: 3 yard run by Sofe, (Sofe run).
Wallowa: 19 yard run Redfield, (Green pass to Oveson).
Cove: 13 yard interception return Pfel, (conversion NG).
Cove: 48 yard run Pfel, (conversion NG).
Cove: 17 yard run Pfel, (conversion NG).
Cove: 31 yard pass to Altenburg, (conversion NG).
Cove: 11 yard run C. Savage, (C. Savage run).
Cove: 31 yard run Pagliarulo, (conversion NG).
Wallowa: 19 yard pass from Green to Delatori, (pass from Green to Oveson).
Score by quarter
Cove-14 6 12 14 = 46
Wallowa-8 0 0 8 = 16
Rushing: Cove- C. Savage 22/170, N. Savage 6/99, Sofe 5/10, Hagey 6/20, Altenburg 11/12, Pfel 4/15, Pagliarulo 2/35; Wallowa- Redfield 12/55, Long 7/16, Green 8/-31, Delitori 3/17.
Passing: Cove-Hagey 4/9/133, C. Savage 0/1, Altenburg 1/1/16, Pfel 0/1; Wallowa-Green 13/31/171, Redfield 2/4/17, Delitori 0/1.
Receiving: Cove-Altenburg 3/94, Pfel 2/64; Wallowa-Harshfield 3/63, Oveson 5/50, Redfield 4/38, Green 1/3, McKenzie 1/13.