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by Randy Parks
The Burns Hilanders made it a victorious homecoming by completely dominating Umatilla 48-0 in the Eastern Oregon League (EOL) opener for both teams Friday, Oct. 18.
The Burns defense completely shut down the Vikings offense, holding them to just 36 yards total offense.
The Hilanders were just as efficient on offense, scoring on every possession in the first half to take a 48-0 lead.
A running clock the entire second half kept the game moving along, as Burns pulled a number of starters for the final two quarters.
Starting at their own 48 after the opening kickoff, the Hilanders’ Austin Feist broke loose for a 52-yard run on first down to put Burns up 6-0 with 19 seconds gone in the game.
The Hilanders went up 14-0 less than two minutes later on a 62-yard punt return by Seth Nonnenmacher, and the two-point conversion pass from Feist to Trace Tiller.
The Vikings’ failed fake punt attempt on their next possession left the Hilanders with great field position, and on second down, Nonnenmacher scored from 41 yards out for a 20-0 lead.
Burns stopped the Vikings cold on their next possession, and took over on downs at the Umatilla 32. Nonnenmacher finished off the six-play drive with a 1-yard touchdown run, and Burns tacked on two more points with a throw from Feist to Ty Hueckman.
Umatilla picked up two first downs on their next drive, but then had to punt, giving the ball back to Burns at their own 26.
On first down, Feist found Tiller wide open down the left sideline for a 74-yard touchdown pass, and Nonnenmacher ran in the two-point conversion for a 36-0 lead.
The ensuing kickoff bounced in the midst of several Vikings, but none of them jumped on it, and the Hilanders recovered at the Umatilla 33.
The Hilanders picked up 19 yards on runs by Thomas Cain and Jack Van Tassel, and Trey Recanzone scampered the final 14 yards to put Burns up 42-0.
An interception by Jeff Davies gave the ball back to Burns at the Vikings’ 30, and the Hilanders’ final score of the game came on a 5-yard run by Cain with just over three minutes left in the half.
Burns finished with 247 rushing yards, and 74 yards through the air.
The Hilanders’ next two games will determine which teams advance to the state playoffs from the EOL.
On Friday, Oct. 25, the Hilanders travel to Nyssa to take on the Bulldogs. Nyssa is coming off a 20-19 win over Vale Oct. 18.
In their final game of the regular season, Burns hosts Vale Nov. 1.
1 2 3 4 Final
0 0 0 0 0 Uma
28 20 0 0 48 Bur
Burns — Austin Feist 52 run (run failed) :19
Burns — Seth Nonnenmacher 62 punt return (Trace Tiller pass from Feist) 2:07
Burns — Nonnenmacher 41 run (run failed) 5:19
Burns — Nonnenmacher 1 run (Ty Hueckman pass from Feist) 10:17
Burns — Tiller 74 pass from Feist (Nonnenmacher run) 3:06
Burns — Trey Recanzone 14 run (kick failed) 4:34
Burns — Thomas Cain 5 run (kick failed) 8:55
RUSHING—Umatilla, Murguia 10-25, Manley 4-9, Zamarippa 5-(-11), Siler 1-0, McIntyre 9-15, Cook 2-(-7), Guizar 2-2. Burns, Feist 2-50, Nonnenmacher 4-51, Cain 7-33, Recanzone 2-25, Van Tassel 6-51, J. Davies 1-13, Rebeiro 6-21, S. Davies 3-2, Blackburn 2-1.
PASSING—Umatilla, Zamarippa 1-7-1 3. Burns, Feist 1-1-0 74.
RECEIVING—Umatilla, McIntyre 1-3. Burns, Tiller 1-74.