McDaniel bombards Bobcats

<I>Hector del Castillo/Chieftain</I><BR>Wallowa's defense swarms around Union tailback Jesse Gregory (34).

Simply throw the football up there.

Junior Dusty McDaniel took advantage of a definite height advantage he and the Cougars enjoyed Sept. 10 at home in a 62-30 victory over the Bobcats from Union High School. The Wallowa quarterback threw five touchdown passes. Three went to senior receiver Ronald Gladden, who at 6-foot-5 towered over his defenders. When the defense focused on Gladden or senior Ian Parks, a sizeable tight end, McDaniel fed the ball to senior tail back Cody Green. He overpowered tacklers en route to the end zone four times: twice on running plays, once on a kick return, the other was a scoring pass.

"It's nice having two 6-5 guys and slot backs who are speedy," McDaniel said.

Victory evened Wallowa's record at 1-1.

In the first 15 minutes, the Cougars ran up a 32-0 lead over the Bobcats. Wallowa's defense contributed a couple of turnovers. After McDaniel connected with Green for their first touchdown, senior lineman Tyler Chrisman recovered a fumble by Union just 26 yards away from the goal line. Moments later, McDaniel scrambled 10 yards to the end zone.

Wallowa's next possession, Gladden made the first of his three scoring receptions. He promptly followed that by intercepting a Union pass near the middle of the field. From there, McDaniel led the Cougars' offense. The drive culminated in his 24-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Wesley Conrad.

When the game moved onto its second quarter, Wallowa already began to empty its bench. But first, Green rushed 27 yards to the end zone. After Union finally managed to show up on the scoreboard, McDaniel went to Gladden for 68 yards and another touchdown. The Cougars went into halftime ahead by a score of 40-6.

Next, the Cougars will play Sept. 17 in Huntington. Kickoff is scheduled at 3 p.m.

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