Enterprise football trounced the Pilot Rock/Nixyaawii 35-12 in a non-conference game Friday at Pilot Rock. With the victory, The Outlaws also snapped a 15-game losing streak stretching back to the 2014-2015 season. The last Outlaws win was a 42-20 victory over Grant Union on Sept. 26, 2014.
Enterprise (1-3) drew first blood about six plays in when Trent Walker scored on a 25-yard pass from quarterback Tate Olsen on fourth-and-short.
“I was really sweating, calling that play,” Enterprise coach Mike Rowley said. “I was either going to be the hero or the villain.”
The Outlaws never looked back. Senior Trent Bales racked up 175 yards rushing on just 17 carries.
“He had a couple of long runs,” Rowley said. “He ran hard up the middle, and then we came back with counter plays that involved pulling linemen. He ran like a fullback at times and outran people at other times.”
Junior Trent Walker and senior Clayne Miller each had 51 yards on six touches. Olsen completed three of six passes for 46 yards. The Outlaws had 339 yards of total offense.
Rowley said his team had been in each game this year, but couldn’t turn the corner.
“This game we finally started putting things together. Our kids just kept working. We executed well, and our kids had very few penalties. We started to see what we’re capable of.”
Defensively, Bales and junior Joe Pendarvis led the Outlaws with three solo tackles each with six and nine assists respectively. Pendarvis also blocked a field goal attempt. Senior Clayne Miller had two solo tackles and 12 assists.
The Outlaws defense sent the Rockets quarterback to the turf five times, with sophomore Justus Evan and senior Kobe Ketscher recording two sacks each.
After a bye this week, the Outlaws have their league opener and homecoming game on Oct. 14 against Union (2-2).
The Cougars dropped to 1-4 on the season with a 52-26 loss at league foe Echo on Friday.
Travis Haga scored two rushing touchdowns in the first half and Chandler Burns added another as Wallowa went into halftime trailing 20-18.
Echo reeled off 32 unanswered points in the second half, including a 55-yard fumble return for a touchdown.
Austin Brockamp scored on a 23-yard run late in the fourth and scored on another run for the two-point conversion.
Wallowa has been dealing with a wave of injuries this season. Starting quarterback Gus Ramsden and running back Patrick Ritthaler have been out for two straight weeks.
Echo (1-4, 0-2) managed 20 first downs and gained 416 yards on offense.
Wallowa hosts Pine Eagle (3-2, 2-0) on Friday.
Wallowa lost in three games (25-8, 25-23, 25-19) at Echo on Friday, then fell to Powder Valley, 25-18, 25-12, 25-11, at home on Saturday.
Rylee Goller had 17 digs on defense and 13 passes on serve receive against Echo. Jamie Johnston and Beth Johnston had 14 digs a piece. Rylee Goller led with three kills and 16 total attacks.
“Once the girls were able to limit their unforced errors, they played very well,” coach Janea Hulse said. “Jordan Ferre did a good job for us on the net. She was placing the ball well and didn’t have any errors.”
Echo was running a fast offense and our block was late. This is something that we will be working on in this next week.
On Saturday, Jamie Johnston had 20 digs and 14 passes off serves against Powder Valley. Ashlyn Young had 10 digs with seven attacks and one kill. She also had six assists.
“The younger girls are stepping up,” Hulse said. “Both Jamie and Ashlyn Young are very competitive and push themselves to get better and better each game.”
The Cougars traveled to Joseph on Tuesday (after The Chieftain went to press) and will host Pine Eagle at 4 p.m. Friday.
Enterprise earned a much-needed league victory in four games Friday at Elgin. The Outlaws lost the first game 18-25 before taking the next three, 25-19, 25-16, 25-23.
With the win, Enterprise improved to 6-10 overall on the season and 1-3 in the Wapiti League. The two teams will face off again at 5 p.m. Thursday in Enterprise.
On Tuesday, the Outlaws fell to top ranked Imbler, 25-6, 25-20, 25-7, on the road.