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by Randy Parks
With a playoff berth on the line, the Hilander football team came up short on a two-point conversion attempt, and saw their season end with a 22-20 loss to Vale Friday, Nov. 1, at Corbett Memorial Field.
With 7:23 left in the game and the score tied at 14-14, Kyle Schoorl scored on a 1-yard run, and then threw to Sage Delong for the two-point conversion to put Vale ahead 22-14.
The Hilanders started at their own 23 after the ensuing kickoff, and on a third-and-17, Austin Feist floated a screen pass to Seth Nonnenmacher, who turned it into a 19-yard gain.
Feist rushed twice for 13 yards, and found Nonnenmacher on another screen pass down to the 2-yard line.
Nonnenmacher carried the ball into the end zone on the next play, making it 22-20 with 4:13 left to play.
Going for two, Feist looked to throw, but his receiver slipped in the end zone, and the Vale defense brought Feist down short of the goal line, as he scrambled to the right.
Burns’ defense was unable to stop the Vikings’ running attack on two third downs, and Vale ran out the clock to lock up the victory, and a spot in the OSAA 3A playoffs.
The Vikings took a 6-0 lead in the second quarter on a 2-yard run by Schoorl that finished off a 66-yard drive.
After both teams turned the ball over on downs, the Hilanders started their last drive of the first half at their own 38.
With four seconds showing on the clock, Feist connected with Trace Tiller on a 19-yard touchdown pass. Feist ran in the two-point conversion, and Burns went into halftime with an 8-6 lead.
The Hilanders looked to be in good shape to start the second half, as Feist took the kickoff and raced to the Vale 17 before being brought down.
Burns fumbled on the first play from scrimmage, however, giving the ball to Vale at their own 6.
The Vikings didn’t waste the opportunity, putting together an 11-play drive, capped off by a 21-yard run by Zac Jacobs. Kye Yraguen barrelled in for the two-point conversion, and Vale led 14-8.
Burns started their next drive at their own 26, and after picking up one first down, they faced a third-and seven from their own 40. Feist pitched to Trey Recanzone, who then lofted a pass downfield into the waiting arms of Nonnenmacher for a 39-yard gain.
The Hilanders finished off the scoring drive with a 10-yard pass from Feist to Jeff Davies, but the two-point conversion pass failed, and the score was tied at 14-14 with a little more than a minute left in the third quarter.
The Vale defense was stingy all night, holding Burns to 226 total yards, including 101 yards rushing.
The Vikings rushed for 324 yards, led by Jacobs with 216 yards on 26 carries, and Lane Cummings with 102 yards on 11 attempts.
Burns finished the year with a 4-6 overall record, 1-2 in Eastern Oregon League (EOL) play.
Vale finished second in the EOL with a 2-1 record and 8-1 overall. They will host Clatskanie (7-2) on Saturday, Nov. 9, in the first round of the 3A playoffs.
Nyssa won the EOL title this year with a 3-0 record, and finished the regular season 9-0. The Bulldogs host Illinois Valley (6-5) in the first round of the playoffs.
1 2 3 4 Final
Val 0 6 8 8 22
Bur 0 8 6 6 20
Vale — Kyle Schoorl 2 run (pass failed) 1:47
Burns — Trace Tiller 19 pass from Austin Feist (Feist run) 11:56
Vale — Zac Jacobs 21 run (Kye Yraguen run) 6:01
Burns — Jeff Davies 10 pass from Feist (pass failed)
Vale — Schoorl 1 run (Sage Delong pass from Schoorl) 4:37
Burns — Nonnenmacher 2 run (run failed) 7:47
RUSHING—Vale, Weber 6-35, Schoorl 12-(-17), Jacobs 26-216, Tamez 1-(-2), Cummings 11-102. Burns, Feist 15-73, Nonnenmacher 11-28.
PASSING—Vale, Schoorl 2-3-0 28. Burns, Feist 7-13-0 86, Nonnenmacher 1-0-0 0, Recanzone 1-1-0 39.
RECEIVING—Vale, Tamez 1-15, Delong 1-13. Burns, Davies 3-21, Hueckman 1-5, Tiller 1-19, Nonnenmacher 3-80.