Wallowa County Chieftain

When the Wallowa High School Varsity Football team opened its season against St. Paul Aug. 31, coach Matt Brockamp said it was likely a preview of the 1A state championship game.

He was nearly correct.

After wiping the floor with Lowell’s squad Saturday in quarterfinal play, Wallowa and St. Paul will face off once again Saturday at Hermiston High School. The winner will face either Hosanna Christian or Dufur. That game is Saturday at 4 p.m. in Bend.

Wallowa lost to Dufur in a special District 3 crossover game Oct. 26 at Eastern Oregon University. St. Paul defeated Crane Nov. 11 in semifinal action

The Cougars scored four unanswered touchdowns in the first quarter of the game against Lowell.

The Red Devils finally lit up their side of the scoreboard in the second quarter with two touchdowns; however, Wallowa added one of its own to bring the score to 46-14 at the half.

The Cougars opened the second half with two huge touchdowns to permanently extinguish Lowell’s football season.

Once again, Wallowa relied almost totally on rushing yards to win, posting 520 to Lowell’s 284. Gus Ramsden led with 201 yards, followed by brother Zeb Ramsden with 137 and Austin Brockamp with 121. Tristin Bales, Zeb Hermens, Ian Foster, Corsin Risi and Mason Moore also had rushing yards in the game.

Ramsden completed one pass (of three) in the game, to Freddy DeVore for seven yards.

Five Cougar players had five tackles apiece on the defensive side of the scoring sheet: Gus Ramsden, Brockamp, Hermens, Jesse Duncan and Joe Robb. Hermens led the assists category with six and Zeb Ramsden posted seven.

If the Cougars make it past St. Paul’s Buckaroos, it will be the first time since 1993 that a Wallowa football team has played in the state finals.

Wallowa took the championship back then with a 48-18 victory over two-time defending state champion St. Paul at Portland’s Civic Stadium.

Terry Crenshaw was the head coach and Chris Lewis, Steve Goss, Greg Goss, Travis Jones and Clint Johnson were among the key players.

Prior to 1993, the Cougars had not reached the state finals since 1967. Like the 2018 Wallowa squad, the 1993 Cougars had also won most of their regular-season games by wide margins.

WHO: Wallowa Cougar football team

WHAT: State Championship semifinals

WHEN: Noon Saturday, Nov. 17

WHERE: Hermiston High School, 600 S 1st St, Hermiston

WHY: To determine who goes on to play either Dufur or Hosanna Christian for the state title

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