Rockets crash homecoming football game at Enterprise

<I>Hector del Castillo/Chieftain</I><BR>Pilot Rock running back Travis Copeland slips through tacklers.

As if Friday night's rain and chill needed any help, Pilot Rock football spoiled Homecoming at Enterprise.

After the Outlaws controlled the first quarter, the Rockets scored three times in the second and added touchdowns in the third and the fourth to pull out of town triumphant, 35-6.

Pilot Rock's versatile quarterback Chance Bandy used his foot speed for two touchdowns, and his strong right arm for another.

The Outlaws (1-3 overall, 0-1 in the Blue Mountain Conference) began the game on defense and they made the Rockets look bad. On Pilot Rock's first play, Enterprise forced a fumble and took possession of the ball just 15 yards shy of pay dirt. Junior quarterback Trenton Neil hit senior receiver Kyle Stewart with a scoring pass for a 6-0 lead, just 56 seconds into the game.

The Rockets responded with a strong march down the field to the Enterprise 15-yard line. However, Stewart intercepted Bandy's pass to the end zone.

Enterprise's next play was Neil's 12-yard pass toward midfield and Stewart, and Pilot Rock's disgruntled head coach, called a time out.

It took the Rockets a little while, but they eventually got their bearings straight. Early in the second quarter, running back Travis Copeland went eight yards for a touchdown. The extra point put Pilot Rock ahead, 7-6.

The devastating blow came just before halftime. Actually, there were two of them and they happened in just 91 seconds.

With 2:35 on the clock, Bandy took the ball over the goal line. Then the Rockets picked off Neil's pass at midfield. A little later, Bandy found Jeremiah Grosjacque in the end zone for a 21-6 lead.

Enterprise returns to action on Friday, when the Outlaws go to Elgin to play the Huskies, another Blue Mountain Conference foe. The kick off is at 7:30 p.m.

After starting the season with three consecutive losses, the Huskies have won the last two weeks, including Friday's 50-12 smashing of Irrigon.

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