Burns and Nyssa play this Friday for EOL title
Beau Blackburn brings down Vale’s Jake Clark in the Hilanders’ win. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)
By Randy Parks
The streak is over.
For more than a decade, the Vale Vikings had come away as winners when they met the Hilanders on the gridiron. That streak came to a screeching halt Friday, Oct. 28, as Burns ran roughshod over the Vikings, winning 49-0 to improve to 4-0 in Eastern Oregon League (EOL) play.
The Hilanders racked up 532 yards of total offense, including 376 yards on the ground.
The Burns defense was also on top of their game, limiting the Vikings to 178 yards, and recording 15 tackles for a loss.
Burns got on the scoreboard on their very first possession, driving 65 yards in eight plays to go up 6-0.
Nolan Stampke raced in from 17 yards out for the score, his first of three touchdowns in the game.
Burns defense forced Vale to punt on their first possession, but the Hilanders fumbled on first down and Vale had the ball back at their own 46.
The Vikings offense sputtered however, and Burns took over on downs at the Vale 49. It took just two plays for Burns to find the end zone, as Stampke threw to Casey Heinz for a 47-yard gain and Matson Gahley bulled his way in from the 2 for the score.
Gahley also ran in the 2-point conversion for a 14-0 Burns lead.
Two fumbles and a turnover on downs ended the Hilanders’ next three possessions, but they upped the lead to 20-6 on a 9-yard scoring run by Austin Feist with 46 seconds left in the half.
After forcing the Vikings out on downs in the first possession of the second half, the Hilanders took over at their own 46. Faced with a third-and-2, Stampke broke free and raced 46 yards down the sideline to give Burns a 26-0 lead.
The Hilanders’ defense then forced a Viking’s punt and Burns took over at midfield. On first down, Gahley galloped 42 yards to set up first-and goal, and Stampke finished off the drive with a fourth-down, 3-yard scoring run.
Starting at their 27 on their next possession, the Hilanders put together a five-play scoring drive that ended with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Stampke to Heinz.
The final score of the night came with less than two minutes to play, when back-up quarterback Seth Nonnenmacher lofted a pass to Feist, who outran the Vikings’ secondary for a 74-yard score.
Stampke hit on five of 11 passes for 82 yards and finished with 169 yards rushing on 12 carries. Gahley also went over the century mark running the ball, picking up 147 yards on 13 attempts.
The Vikings’ Josh Schoorl went 7-for-17, throwing the ball for just 71 yards and one interception. Jake Clark led Vale in rushing, gaining 57 yards on 20 carries.
The last time Burns beat Vale was in the semi-finals of the 1999 3A state football playoffs. Vale won the regular season game 28-7 over Burns, but the Hilanders downed the Vikings 20-0 in the playoff game held in Baker City.
In other EOL action on Oct. 28, Nyssa thumped Grant Union 58-12 and Umatilla defeated Riverside 42-24.
Burns and Nyssa, both 4-0 in league play, meet Friday, Nov. 4, in Nyssa, to decide the EOL title. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. (MT).
Other EOL games on Nov. 4, include Vale at Riverside and Grant Union at Umatilla.
1 2 3 4 Final
Val 0 0 0 0 0
Bur 14 6 14 15 49
Bur — Stampke 7 run (kick failed) 2:38
Bur — Gahley 2 run (Gahley run) 8:59
Bur — Feist 9 run (pass failed) 11:14
Bur — Stampke 46 run (pass failed) 3:27
Bur — Stampke 3 run (Gahley run) 7:55
Bur — Heinz 10 pass from Stampke (Gahley run) 0:05
Bur — Feist 74 pass from Nonnenmacher (Stampke kick) 10:17
RUSHING—Vale, Clark 20-57, Schoorl 10-(-13), Eddy 7-52, Montgomery 2-(-3), Cummings 2-14. Burns, Gahley 13-147,Feist 8-51, Stampke 12-169, Heinz 4-11, Garner 1-0, Nonnenmacher 1-(-2).
PASSING—Vale, Schoorl 7-17-1 71. Burns, Stampke 5-11-0 82, Nonnenmacher 1-1-0 74.
RECEIVING—Vale, Ramos 2-23, Montgomery 1-5, Pozzi 1-10, Clark 3-15, Eddy 1-18. Burns, Heinz 3-58, Bailey 2-24, Feist 1-74.