Mustangs finish second at 1A State

Posted on January 28th in Sports

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

The Crane wrestling team brought home the second-place trophy from the 1A State Tournament. Back row (L-R): Jack Bentz, Dustin Ramge, Austin Roath, Sam Wiliams, Corey Jenkins, David Steeves. Kneeling (L-R): Warren Clayton Johnson, Elijah Epling. (Submitted photo)

The Crane wrestling team brought home the second-place trophy from the 1A State Tournament. Back row (L-R): Jack Bentz, Dustin Ramge, Austin Roath, Sam Wiliams, Corey Jenkins, David Steeves. Kneeling (L-R): Warren Clayton Johnson, Elijah Epling. (Submitted photo)

The Crane Mustangs had two individual champions and placed second as a team at the 1A State wrestling tournament held in Lowell last weekend.

Corey Jenkins won the 145 pound weight class, and Austin Roath was crowned champion at 152 pounds. Roath also received the Outstanding Wrestler award for the upper weight classes.

Dustin Ramge (138) and Sam Williams (182) both finished second, and  Warren Clayton Johnson (160) and Jack Bentz (170) placed third.

Match results for the Mustangs are as follows:

138 — Ramge won by fall over Austin Crumbley (HC) lost by decision to  Bobby Butler (Siletz), 4-0.

145 — Jenkins won by fall over James Foster (Siletz); won by fall over Dalton Meyers (Triangle Lake); won by fall over Jonny Heitzman (Gilchrist).

152 — Roath won by fall over Brady Bigbee (Mohawk); won by decision over Tommy Harvey (Lowell), 3-2.

160 — Johnson won by fall over Brayden Dugger (Mohawk); lost by major decision to James Flowers (HC); won by decision over Cody Allphin (Chiloquin), 7-4; won by fall over Spencer Schofield (Butte Falls).

170 — Bentz lost by fall to Alex Fowler (Triangle Lake); won by fall over Nick Schlect (Gilchrist); won by fall over Jason Fitzpatrick (Echo).

182 — Williams won by fall over Johnny Jackson (Chiloquin); lost by fall to Tanner Harvey (Lowell).


The starting time for the games on Saturday, Jan. 24, between Burns and Grant Union has been changed to 1 p.m.

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

The Hilanders’ Ty Hueckman puts up a shot over Imbler’s Joe Griffin. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

The Burns boys basketball team took over sole possession of first place in the Wapiti League with a 54-39 win over Imbler on Saturday, Jan. 17, at Burns High School.

The Panthers opened the game by outscoring the Hilanders 7-2, and led 11-6 at the end of the first period.

Burns was down by three midway through the second period when Ty Hueckman hit three consecutive 3-pointers to put the Hilanders up by six, and Trace Tiller buried another shot from outside the arc to make it a nine-point lead. Burns then went into the break up 26-21.

The third quarter was virtually even, and as the final seconds of the period ticked down, Tiller hit an off-balance 3-pointer to give Burns a 37-30 lead.

Leading 43-37 in the final period, the Hilanders went on an 11-2 run to close out the game.

Austin Feist led the Hilanders’ scoring attack, finishing with 19 points. Hueckman added 15, and Tiller nine.

Burns improved to 5-0 in league play with the victory, while Imbler dropped to 4-1.

On Friday, Jan. 16, Burns ran past league opponent Enterprise 71-46.

On Wednesday, Jan. 14, Crook County edged Burns 51-49 in non-conference action.

•••

Catherine Clemens scored 25 points and Carli Feist added 19 to lead Burns to a 58-28 win over Imbler on Saturday, Jan. 24.

The victory keeps the Hilanders undefeated in Wapiti League play, 5-0, while the Panthers dropped to 1-4.

Burns led 14-11 at the end of the first quarter, and then fell behind 15-14 as the Panthers scored a pair of baskets to start the second period. Clemens responded by scoring eight unanswered points to put the Hilanders back on top, and they led 26-18 at halftime.

Clemens scored the first five points of the third quarter, and Feist added the next eight on a basket and two 3-pointers to help Burns take a 45-24 lead into the final period.

Feist hit the first three baskets of the fourth quarter, and the Hilanders pulled away for the win.

The Hilanders picked up another league win on Friday, Jan. 23, by beating Enterprise 73-43.

•••

Burns boys and girls basketball teams continue with league play Friday and Saturday, Jan. 23-24. The Hilanders host Cove on Friday with the games starting at 3 p.m. On Saturday, Burns travels to John Day to take on Grant Union. The games begin at 1 p.m.


Mustangs down Antelopes 40-36

Posted on January 14th in Sports

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Crane’s Travis Landon draws a foul on the way to the basket. (Photos by RANDY PARKS)

Crane’s Travis Landon draws a foul on the way to the basket. (Photos by RANDY PARKS)

After losing to Jordan Valley 68-51 on Friday, Jan. 9, the Crane boys basketball team bounced back the following day with a 40-36 win over Adrian, evening their league record at 1-1.

Wyatt Starbuck and Joe Valentine each scored 12 points to lead the Mustangs to the win over Adrian.

Crane trailed 15-9 at the end of the first quarter, and 17-10 early in the second quarter, but the Mustangs’ offense began to click, and they went on an 8-0 run to take the lead. Adrian made three free throws in the closing minutes of the half  to lead 20-18 at halftime.

The Mustangs regained the lead on a three-point play by Starbuck at the start of the second half, and went on to lead 31-28 headed into the fourth period.

After the Antelopes outscored Crane 6-2 in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter for a 34-33 lead, the Mustangs’ William Clark buried a 3-pointer and Starbuck added a basket to put Crane ahead by four.

The Antelopes scored to cut the lead to two, and began to foul to get the ball back. Crane missed the first free throw on three consecutive one-and-one opportunities, but the Antelopes couldn’t get any shots to fall on their end of the court.

The Mustangs beat the full-court press in the final seconds, and Matt Witzel put in an easy basket for Crane, giving them the four-point victory.

Witzel finished with six points, Colton Witzel had four, and Travis Landon and Clark three each.

•••

The game against Jordan Valley was a tale of two quarters that knocked out Crane, despite their efforts to get back into the game.

Beset by turnovers, Crane was down 22-5 after the first period of play.  Crane finally capitalized on scoring opportunities in the second quarter, and fought back to within 10 before the half, 38-28.

Fouls hampered Crane’s play, as early in the third quarter, three starters were on the bench with four fouls each, and one was playing with three. Jordan Valley took advantage of the match-up and grabbed a 61-34 lead going into the final quarter and finished with the 68-51 win.

The Mustangs are home for their next two High Desert League contests. They host Harper/Huntington on Friday, Jan. 16, and Dayville/Monument on Saturday, Jan. 17.


by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Ty Reid drives down the lane for a bucket in Burns’ win over Grant Union. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Ty Reid drives down the lane for a bucket in Burns’ win over Grant Union. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

The Burns boys basketball team outscored Grant Union 13-7 in the fourth quarter and came away with a 41-34 win in the Wapiti League opener for both teams on Friday, Jan. 2.

With both teams playing tenacious defense, points were hard to come by. The Hilanders led 10-7 at the end of the first period, and went into halftime up 16-15.

After the Prospectors’ Nathan Gehley scored the first five points of the third quarter to put Grant Union up by four, the Hilanders’ Scott Davies came off the bench to score six points and Trace Tiller added a 3-pointer to help Burns lead 28-27 at the end of the period.

Tiller and Austin Feist combined for six points at the start of the fourth quarter, and Ty Hueckman then buried a 3-pointer to give Burns a 10-point lead.

Two baskets by Ty Reid boosted Burns’ lead to 41-29 in the closing minutes, and the Hilanders held off a late flurry to pick up the win.

Tiller finished with 11 points and Hueckman had 10 to lead Burns in scoring. Feist and Reid each had seven, and Davies six.

•••

Burns improved to 9-3 on the season with a 53-45 win over La Pine in non-conference play on Saturday, Jan. 3.

Feist led the way with 23 points and 10 rebounds, and Hueckman added 19.

•••

The Burns boys basketball team outscored Lakeview 18-7 over the final eight minutes to break open a close game and come away with a 57-42 victory on Tuesday, Dec. 30.

Burns fell behind 14-11 in the first quarter, but came back to take a 26-23 halftime lead, thanks in part to three 3-pointers by Reid.

Down 35-31 near the end of the third period, the Hilanders’ Tiller knocked down a 3-pointer to bring them back to within one, and Feist’s basket gave Burns the lead. As the final seconds of the quarter ticked off, Feist drilled a 3-pointer, and Burns was up by four.

At the start of the fourth quarter, the Hilanders’ Trey Recanzone hit two 3-pointers and a bucket to help Burns go on a 14-4 run and take control of the game.

Feist finished with 18 points to lead Burns in scoring, Tiller had 12 and Recanzone 10.

The Honkers were led by Jack Graham with 12 points.


Hilanders open up Wapiti League play Friday when they host Grant Union

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Baylee Hanner of Burns battles for a loose ball. (Photo by JOHN BRAESE/MALHEUR ENTERPRISE)

Baylee Hanner of Burns battles for a loose ball. (Photo by JOHN BRAESE/MALHEUR ENTERPRISE)

The Burns boys and girls basketball teams both picked up non-conference victories at Nyssa Saturday, Dec. 27.

The Burns girls downed the Bulldogs 54-49 to improve to 5-4 on the season.

After losing to Nyssa by two points on Dec. 19, the Burns boys team exacted a bit of revenge with a 65-56 victory over the Bulldogs. With the win, the Hilanders improved to 6-3 on the season.

Three Hilanders fnished in double figures, with Trace Tiller leading the way with 25 points. Feist added 18 and Ty Hueckman 12.

Ty Reid was the leading rebounder for Burns with 10, and Feist pulled down nine.

•••

On Tuesday, Dec. 23, the Burns boys traveled to Jordan Valley and came away with a 46-37 victory over the Mustangs.

Feist led the way for the Hilanders with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Tiller finished with nine and Hueckman seven.

•••

The Burns girls and boys basketball teams hosted Lakeview on Tuesday, Dec. 30. Results of the contests were not available by press time.

Both the boys and girls teams begin league play on Friday, Jan. 2, when they host Grant Union. The girls JV game tips off at 2 p.m. at Burns High School, followed by the boys JV game, and the girls and boys varsity games.


by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

The Mustangs’ Joe Valentine drops in a short jumper for two points in Crane’s win over Burnt River. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

The Mustangs’ Joe Valentine drops in a short jumper for two points in Crane’s win over Burnt River. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

The Crane boys and girls basketball teams both placed second at the Alycia Jenkins Memorial Christmas Tournament played Friday and Saturday, Dec. 19-20, at Crane High School.

The Crane girls opened the tournament Friday  with a 62-13 win over Burnt River.

The Mustangs began the game with an 11-0 run, and led 25-4 at the end of the first quarter.

Crane held the Bulls scoreless in the second period, and went into halftime ahead 36-4.

At the start of the third quarter, the Mustangs slowed their offense down, and rotated a number players in off the bench. The Mustangs led 54-9 at the end of the quarter, and went on to pick up the victory.

Hannah Maupin was the leading scorer for Crane, finishing with 21 points. Claire Hammond added 15 points, Maria Thompson had nine, Morgan Cronin and Kayla Mims six apiece, and Savannah Maupin five.

On Saturday, the Mustangs squared off against Adrian for the tournament title, and the Antelopes came away with a 32-20 victory.

The Adrian defense shut down Crane over the first eight minutes, and the Antelopes led 11-0 headed into the second period.

Crane began to get untracked in the second quarter, and trailed 23-9 at the half.

Adrian outscored Crane 8-7 in the third period, and held on for the tournament championship.

H. Maupin dropped in nine points, Hammond had six, Mims four, and Cronin one.

•••

The Crane boys advanced to the championship game with a 55-38 win over Burnt River on Friday.

Travis Landon hit the first basket for the Mustangs, and Wyatt Starbuck then nailed two 3-pointers  to help Crane get out to 20-13 first quarter lead.

The Mustangs’ William Clark and Joe Valentine each hit two 3-pointers at the start of the second period, and Crane took a 35-21 advantage into halftime.

Crane maintained the lead throughout the second half for the victory.

On Saturday, Crane met McDermitt, Nev., in the championship game, and the Bulldogs topped the Mustangs 52-40.


Austin Feist (No. 12) puts up a shot against Vale. (Photo by SAMANTHA WHITE)

Austin Feist (No. 12) puts up a shot against Vale. (Photo by SAMANTHA WHITE)

The Burns boys basketball team defeated the Vale Vikings 53-45 in non-conference action on Friday, Dec. 12.

Three Hilanders finished in double figures, led by Austin Feist with 18. Ty Hueckman dropped in 15 and Zach McDonald had 10.

The teams were tied at 11-11 at the end of the first quarter, and Burns outscored the Vikings 15-10 over the next eight minutes to take a five-point lead into halftime.

Both teams put 12 points on the board in the third quarter, and the Hilanders outscored Vale 15-12 in the final period for the eight-point win.

•••

The following night, the Hilanders traveled to Baker City and suffered their first loss of the season, 59-44, to the Bulldogs.

After a 10-10 tie at the end of the first period, the Bulldogs pulled out to a 28-22 halftime advantage.

The third quarter saw Baker up their lead to 50-36, and then go on to get the victory.

Feist finished with a double-double for Burns, scoring 14 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. Hueckman added eight points, and Ty Reid chipped in with seven points and 10 rebounds.

The Hilanders are 4-1 on the season, and will host Nyssa Friday Dec. 19.

•••

The Hilanders defeated Ontario 54-47 in non-league action on Dec. 9.

Burns got off to a fast start, leading 19-10 after the first quarter, and 27-20 at the break.

The Tigers got back to within six by the end of the third, but Burns outscored Ontario 11-10 in the final quarter to win by seven.

Feist was the leading scorer with 25 points, and Trace Tiller had 12.

Reid was the Hilanders’ leading rebounder with eight.


by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

The Hilanders’ Evan Gunderson takes his Baker opponent airborne. (Photos by RANDY PARKS)

The Hilanders’ Evan Gunderson takes his Baker opponent airborne. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

The Burns wrestling team hosted the Woodfin-Robinson Memorial Wrestling Duals on Friday, Dec. 5, with Crane, Vale, Lakeview and Baker taking part in the event.

The Hilanders finished with a 2-2 record, while a short-handed Crane team lost all four of their duals.

Vale won the tournament with a 4-0 record.

Results of the Burns and Crane duals are as follows:

Lakeview 42 Burns 36

106 — Kyran Simpson won by forfeit

113 — Double forfeit

120 — Dallon Higgins won by fall (2:52)

126 — James Obradovich won by forfeit

132 — Evan Gunderson lost by fall (2:23)

138 — Ian Maupin lost by fall (:52)

145 — Zane Bailey won by fall (2:54)

152 — Jack Van Tassel won by fall (5:05)

160 — Forfeit

170 — Forfeit

182 — Garrett Blackburn won by fall (1:08)

195 — Jonathan Schmeck lost by fall (:45)

220 — Dillin Holtby lost by fall (4:59)

285 — Forfeit

Austin Roath of Crane puts his opponent on his back. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Austin Roath of Crane puts his opponent on his back. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Vale 57 Crane 6

106 — Double forfeit

113 — Double forfeit

120 — Forfeit

126 — Double forfeit

132 — Forfeit

138 — Forfeit

145 — Corey Jenkins won by fall (:44)

152 — Austin Roath lost by decision, 10-9

160 — Warren Johnson lost by fall (3:42)

170 — Jack Bentz lost by fall (3:45)

182 — Sam Williams lost by fall (:42)

195 — Forfeit

220 — Forfeit

285 — Forfeit

Vale 52 Burns 24

106 — Simpson won by forfeit

113 — Higgins won by forfeit

120 — Double forfeit

126 — Obradovich lost by fall (1:32)

Zane Bailey of Burns scores two points with a takedown.

Zane Bailey of Burns scores two points with a takedown. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

132 — Gunderson lost by fall (4:26)

138 — Maupin lost by fall (:38)

145 — Bailey won by fall (3:28)

152 — Van Tassel lost by major decision, 19-8

160 — Forfeit

170 — Forfeit

182 — Blackburn won by fall (3:03)

195 — Schmeck lost by fall (1:14)

220 — Holtby lost by fall (1:20)

285 — Forfeit

Baker 42 Crane 18

106 — Forfeit

113 — Double forfeit

120 — Forfeit

126 — Forfeit

132 — Forfeit

138 — Forfeit

145 — Jenkins won by decision, 6-3

152 — Double forfeit

160 — Johnson won by decision, 9-5

The Mustangs’ Jack Bentz gets the pin. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

The Mustangs’ Jack Bentz gets the pin. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

170 — Bentz won by fall (1:11)

182 — Williams won by fall (:38)

195 — Forfeit

220 — Double forfeit

285 — Forfeit

Burns 41 Baker 36

106 — Simpson won by technical fall, 16-0

113 — Higgins lost by fall (2:20)

120 — Forfeit

126 — Obradovich lost by fall (2:27)

132 — Gunderson won by fall (3:31)

138 — Maupin lost by fall (:32)

145 — Bailey won by fall (1:21)

152 — Double forfeit

160 — Van Tassel won by fall (4:57)

170 — Forfeit

182 — Blackburn won by forfeit

195 — Schmeck won by fall (:27)

220 — Holtby won by fall (:51)

285 — Forfeit

Dallon Higgins works to turn his opponent. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Dallon Higgins works to turn his opponent. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Lakeview 42 Crane 24

106 — Double forfeit

113 — Double forfeit

120 — Forfeit

126 — Double forfeit

132 — Forfeit

138 — Forfeit

145 — Jenkins won by fall (1:17)

152 — Roath won by fall (:58)

160 — Johnson lost by fall (1:19)

170 — Bentz won by fall (4:27)

182 — Williams won by fall (5:06)

195 — Forfeit

220 — Forfeit

285 — Forfeit

Burns 48 Crane 12

106 — Simpson (B) won by forfeit

113 — Higgins (B) won by forfeit

120 — Double forfeit

126 — Obradovich (B) won by forfeit

132 — Gunderson (B) won by forfeit

138 — Maupin (B) won by forfeit

145 — Jenkins (C) won by fall over Bailey (B) (:14)

152 — Roath (C) won by fall over Van Tassel (B) (4:48)

160 — Double forfeit

170 — Double forfeit

182 — Blackburn (B) won by fall over Williams (C) (1:51)

195 — Schmeck won by forfeit

220 — Holtby won by forfeit

285 — Double forfeit

In the other duals, Lakeview beat Baker 48-36 and Vale defeated Baker 54-27 and knocked off Lakeview 58-4.

•••

On Saturday, Dec. 6, Burns and Crane competed in the Central Oregon Wrestling Officials Tournament at Mountain View High School in Bend.

Burns placed seventh in the 13-team tournament with 101 points, and Crane finished 12th with 18.5 points.

Blackburn was the Hilanders’ lone champion, placing first at 182 by pinning all three of his opponents.

Simpson (106) and Gunderson (132) both finished second; Higgins (113) and Van Tassel (152) placed fourth; Maupin (138) finished sixth; Obradovich (126) seventh; and Bailey (145) eighth. Schmeck (195) and Holtby (220) did not place.

For the Mustangs, Jenkins (145) placed fourth; and Williams (182) finished seventh. Johnson wrestled in the JV tournament and was 1-1.

Culver won the tournament with 189.5 points, Mountain View was second with 166.5, followed by Redmond 162, Crook County 144, Bend 139, Summit 105, Burns 101, Madras 90, La Pine 78, Ridgeview 74, Sisters 32, Crane 18.5, Gilchrist 0.


by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Trace Tiller dives into the end zone for the Hilanders’ first score. (Photos by RANDY PARKS)

Trace Tiller dives into the end zone for the Hilanders’ first score. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

On paper, it looked like a super match-up: Two 12-0 teams that had dominated their opponents throughout the regular season meeting in the OSAA Class 2A football championship game.

On the field, however, it was a different story, as the Burns Hilanders shut out the Heppner Mustangs 49-0 to win their first state football title.

The Hilanders’ offense piled up 516 total yards, while the defense held the Mustangs to just 102 yards, came up with two interceptions, and blocked a punt for a safety.

Despite moderate snowfall throughout the contest, the Hilanders’ Austin Feist was on target, completing nine of 15 passes for 235 yards and four touchdowns. Jeff Davies led Burns’ running attack, gaining 190 yards on 20 carries.

Burns scored on the game’s opening possession, putting together a nine-play, 60-yard drive, and getting the touchdown on a 10-yard run by Trace Tiller.

Heppner had to punt on their first possession, and pinned the Hilanders back at their own 1-yard line. Facing a third-and four, Feist threw to Ty Hueckman for a 15-yard gain, and two plays later, hit Jack Van Tassel for a 69-yard touchdown, and a 14-0 lead.

Burns defense forced another punt, and Feist returned the kick back to the Heppner 29. With 20 seconds left in the first quarter, Feist threw his second touchdown pass of the game, a 19-yarder to Tiller, to grab a 20-0 lead.

On the first play of the second quarter, Feist picked off a pass by the Mustangs’ Kaden Clark, giving the Hilanders a first down at the Heppner 42.

Burns then made it 28-0 on a 26-yard scoring run by Davies, and a two-point conversion pass from Bryce Goss to Davies.

The Hilanders’ next possession ended with a 51-yard scoring pass from Feist to Tiller down the middle of the field.

Heppner started their next drive at their own 14, and gained just two yards on three running plays. With the Heppner punter standing in his own end zone, the Hilanders’ Taylor Klus broke through the line and blocked the punt, sending it through the back of the end zone for a safety.

With 1:41 left in the first half, Feist slipped through the defense and raced 50 yards for the score and a 42-0 lead at halftime.

The eight seniors on the team raised the trophy after the presentation on the field. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

The eight seniors on the team raised the trophy after the presentation on the field. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Midway through the third quarter, Trey Recanzone caught a 31-yard scoring pass from Feist, sending the game into the “running clock” mode.

As the final seconds of the contest ticked away, those clad in purple and gold, both on the sidelines and in the bleachers, began the celebration.

Burns had reached the championship twice before, losing in 1979 and 1999, but this year they were not to be denied, finishing the season 13-0 with the trophy in hand.

“It was all fun,” Burns coach Terry Graham said. “It was all kind of surreal, as well. I’m just happy that the kids and the coaches got what they wanted. And all the people who were in the parking lot after the game, all the people who have done things for the team, now and before, this is the only thing I could ever give back to them —  a state championship that wasn’t attainable before.”

Looking back on the season, Graham said it all started in July at football camp. “That’s where we set the goal, and we got it,” he said. “The kids were telling me all year long, ‘Coach, we’re going to get you that state championship.’ That’s been the goal all year long.

“I didn’t think we’d win like that, but I didn’t think we’d  beat Cascade Christian like that, or Nyssa like that. I didn’t think we’d lose, but I thought those games would have been closer.

“And we knew we’d go as far as our linemen would take us, and they took us all the way. Not to take anything away from the skilled positions, but the line really did a great job. It really was a total team effort, the players and coaches, and we were fortunate to not have any season-ending injuries.”

Hepp     0      0     0     0      0

Bur       20    22    7     0     49

First quarter

Bur — Trace Tiller 10 run (James Obradovich kick) 2:52

Bur — Jack Van Tassel 69 pass from Austin Feist (Obradovich kick) 8:30

Bur — Tiller 19 pass from Feist (run failed) 11:40

Second quarter

Bur —Jeff Davies 26 run (Davies pass from Bryce Goss) 1:15

Bur — Tiller 51 pass from Feist (kick failed) 4:38

Bur — Taylor Klus blocked a punt for a safety 7:06

Bur — Feist 50 run (pass failed) 10:29

Third quarter

Bur — Trey Recanzone 31 pass from Feist (Obradovich kick) 4:49

Individual statistics

Rushing — Burns, J. Davies 20-190, Feist 8-49, Recanzone 2-17, Blackburn 1-9, Tiller 1-10, Goss 2-4, Gunderson 2-2. Heppner, Kindle 6-10, Clark 8-(-15), Putman 4-13, Corbin 1-4, Rill 2-23, Lindsay 1-0, Dougherty 1-0.

Passing — Burns, Feist 9-15-0 0 235, Recanzone 0-1-0 0. Heppner, Clark 7-18-2 67.

Receiving — Burns, Recanzone 1-31, Tiller 3-87, Blackburn 2-28, Hueckman 1-15, Van Tassel 1-69, Lewellen 1-5. Heppner, Putman 2-8, Corbin 1-1, Collins 2-27, Rill 2-31.


by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

The Burns defense brings down Regis quarterback Aaron Guzman for no gain in the third quarter of the 2A semifinal game at Kennison Field in Hermiston. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

The Burns defense brings down Regis quarterback Aaron Guzman for no gain in the third quarter of the 2A semifinal game at Kennison Field in Hermiston. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Twelve down, one to go.

The Burns Hilanders advanced to the 2A football championship game by defeating Regis 33-0 at Hermiston High School on Saturday, Nov. 22.

“This is tribute to the players and coaches, all the effort they put out week to week to prepare for every game. You can see the effort in the results,” Burns coach Terry Graham said. “As head coach, I can’t ask for anymore than this. You start the season with the goal of winning a state championship, and 13 weeks later, we’re in that situation. You can’t ask for any more than that.”

Windy conditions held the two teams’ passing attacks in check, but Burns was able to rush for 332 yards, while the defense held Regis to 97 total yards, forced four turnovers, and blocked a punt for a score.

The Hilanders’ Jeff Davies led the running attack against the Rams, rushing for 218 yards on 25 carries with one touchdown. Austin Feist added another 108 yards on 21 carries, and scored three times.

Feist scored the first Hilander touchdown on a 36-yard run with 4:50 left to go in the first quarter, and Davies ran in the two-point conversion to put Burns up 8-0.

Following a Rams’ punt, the Hilanders put together a 15-play, 80-yard drive, finished off by Davies’ 8-yard TD run.

Davies ended the Rams’ next possession by intercepting Aaron Guzman’s pass and returning it to the Regis 16. Feist scored on the next play, and Burns led 20-0.

Feist scored from three yards out with less than a minute to go, and the two teams went into the locker rooms with Burns holding a 26-0 advantage.

The Rams were forced to punt on their first possession of the third quarter, but the Hilander defense got a good rush and blocked the punt into the end zone where it was recovered by Jack Van Tassel. James Obradovich added the extra point for a 33-0 lead.

The Rams then went to the air and moved the ball deep into Hilander territory. With a third-and-goal at the Burns 4, the Hilanders’ held the Rams out of the end zone and preserved the shutout.

Feist intercepted a pass on the Rams’ final drive of the game, and the Hilanders ran out the clock for the victory.

The Hilanders are in the championship game for the first time since 1999, when they lost to Sisters. Graham was also the head coach for Burns in that contest.

“Personally, this [winning the title] is something I’d like to do for the community,” Graham said. “All the support from parents and the community over the years has been great. I’d like to show our appreciation by being like the volleyball team and winning the state championship.”

Burns, 12-0, will play the Heppner Mustangs in the title game at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at Hermiston High School.

The Mustangs moved into the championship game by beating Knappa 25-16, and are also 12-0 on the season.

“They’re a good football team,” Graham said. “You don’t get to be 12-0 without doing a lot of things right. We just need to play the game that we’re capable of playing.”

Reg       0      0     0     0      0

Bur        8    18     7     0     33

First quarter

Bur — Austin Feist 36 run (Jeff Davies run) 7:10

Second quarter

Bur —Davies 8 run (pass fail) 2:39

Bur — Feist 16 run (pass fail) 4:20

Bur — Feist 3 run (pass fail) 11:10

Third quarter

Bur — Jack Van Tassel recovered blocked punt (James Obradovich kick) 1:42

Individual statistics

Rushing — Burns, J. Davies 25-218, Feist 21-108, Recanzone 1-8, Blackburn 1-3, Van Tassel 1-(-5). Regis, Reynolds 16-13, Guzman 9-3, Minten 2-(-5), Scrocca 3-5, Gustin 2-3, Silbernagel 1-(-1), Frith 2-(-1).

Passing — Burns, Feist 1-9-2 15. Regis, Guzman 9-25-3 80, A. Wiltsey 0-1-0 0.

Receiving — Burns, Recanzone 1-15. Regis, Frith 3-38, Reynolds 1-0, M. Wiltsey 5-42.


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