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.


Burns to play Regis at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22 at Hermiston H.S.

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Burns’ defensive back Ty Hueckman times his leap perfectly on a pass intended for Union/Cove’s J.D. Graves. (Photos by RANDY PARKS)

Burns’ defensive back Ty Hueckman times his leap perfectly on a pass intended for Union/Cove’s J.D. Graves. (Photos by RANDY PARKS)

Austin Feist completed all eight of his pass attempts for 147 yards and three touchdowns, and Jeff Davies rushed for 75 yards and three scores on seven carries to lead the Burns Hilanders to a 47-6 win over Union/Cove (U/C) in the Class 2A quarterfinals on Saturday, Nov. 15, at Burns High School.

After forcing the Wildcats to punt on their initial series, the Hilanders took over at their own 29. Five running plays netted 39 yards, and Feist then connected with Trace Tiller on a 32-yard touchdown pass to put Burns up 6-0.

On their next possession, Burns put together a six-play, 67-yard drive, capped off by a 9-yard TD run by Davies. Davies also ran in the two-point conversion to give the Hilanders a 14-0 advantage.

The Wildcats fumbled on their next punt attempt, giving the Hilanders a first down at the U/C 31. Three plays later, Davies scored from 10 yards out, and Burns led 21-0 at the end of the first quarter.

U/C started their next drive at their own 18, and on third-and-10, Derrick Murchison completed a 33-yard pass to Brooke Scantling to keep the drive alive. The drive then stalled and Burns took over on downs at their own 40.

The Hilanders went the 60 yards in five plays, getting the score on a 9-yard pass from Feist to Justin Lewellen.

The Hilanders’ Trey Recanzone intercepted a Murchison pass on the Wildcats’ next possession, and Davies scored from seven yards out to give Burns a 35-0 lead with 7:35 left in the half.

U/C went three-and-out, and Burns began their next drive at the Wildcats’ 45. On first down, Ty Hueckman hauled in a 45-yard scoring pass from Feist, and the half ended with Burns up 41-0.

The Hilanders made it 47-0 with 1:31 left in the third quarter on a 9-yard TD run by Garrett Blackburn.

The Wildcats’ only score came on their next possession as Scantling reeled in a short pass from Murchison, broke a tackle, and raced 38 yards down the sideline to the end zone.

Burns finished with 420 total yards, while holding U/C to 126 yards, including just 42 rushing yards.

Murchison finished 5-of-19 for 79 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions, and the Wildcats rushing attack was led by Aaron Clark with 47 yards on 19 attempts.

 

U/C       0      0     0     6      6

Bur     21     20    6     0     47

 

First quarter

Bur — Trace Tiller 32 pass from Austin Feist (kick failed) 4:34

Bur —Jeff Davies 9 run (Davies run) 7:40

Bur — Davies 10 run (James Obradovich kick) 9:11

Second quarter

Bur — Justin Lewellen 9 pass from Feist (Obradovich kick) 3:13

Bur — Davies 7 run (Obradovich kick) 4:25

Bur — Ty Hueckman 45 pass from Feist (kick failed) 6:38

Third quarter

Bur — Garrett Blackburn 9 run (kick failed) 10:29

Fourth quarter

U/C — Brooke Scantling 38 pass from Derrick Murchison (pass failed) 2:46

Individual statistics

Rushing — Burns, J. Davies 7-75, Feist 5-56, Recanzone 6-48, S. Davies 6-(-8), Blackburn 2-18, Van Tassel 2-3, Lewellen 1-11, Gunderson 2-4, Goss 5-14, Peasley 1-(-4). Union/Cove, Witty 4-10, Clark 19-47, Scantling 2-2, Loftis 2-(-15), Murchison 1-(-1), Stitzel 1-0, Kellogg 3-(-1).

Passing — Burns, Feist 8-8-0 147, Recanzone 2-4-1 52. Union/Cove, Murchison 5-19-2 79.

Receiving — Burns, Blackburn 1-12, Tiller 2-52, J. Davies 2-18, Hueckman 1-45, Van Tassel 1-11, Lewellen 2-56, Bailey 1-5. Union/Cove, Graves 1-7, Scantling 2-71, Loftis 2-1.

 

With the win, the Hilanders advance to the 2A semifinals, and will play Regis, a 29-9 winner over Gold Beach. Burns will play Regis at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at Kenison Field at Hermiston High School.

The other 2A semifinal game features Heppner taking on Knappa.

The Burns-Regis game is the second game of a triple-header being played at Kenison Field on Nov. 22. The first game, at 11 a.m., features Vale taking on Blanchet Catholic in a 3A semifinal match-up. Then, at 6 p.m., Adrian plays Dufur in a 1A semifinal game.

Admission prices are $8 adults, $5 students, and each ticket is good for all three games.


by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Trey Recanzone of Burns comes up to make the hit on the Kennedy ball carrier. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Trey Recanzone of Burns comes up to make the hit on the Kennedy ball carrier. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

The Burns Hilanders moved into the quarterfinals of the Class 2A OSAA state football playoffs with a 57-7 victory over the Kennedy Trojans on Saturday, Nov. 8, at Corbett Memorial Field.

Austin Feist threw for 186 yards and three touchdowns, and rushed for 90 yards and two scores to lead the Hilanders to the win.

The Hilanders took a quick 7-0 lead as Jeff Davies scored on a 62-yard run on the game’s first offensive play.

Kennedy started their first drive at their own 29, and using a good mix of pass and run, put together a 12-play scoring drive that was capped off by a 19-yard TD pass from Noah Giberson to Bishop Mitchell.

Burns started their next possession at their own 39, and picked up a quick first down on a 23-yard run by Feist. Three plays later, facing a fourth-and-13, Feist faked the punt and threw a 16-yard completion to Ty Hueckman to keep the drive alive. Five plays later, Feist found the end zone from two yards out, and Burns led 14-7.

Burns made it 21-7 on their next drive as Feist scored on a 38-yard run with 8:26 left in the first half.

An interception by Hueckman set the Burns offense up at the Kennedy 47, and on first down, Feist threw a 32-yard strike to Trace Tiller to give the Hilanders a first down at the Trojans’ 15. Two plays later, Davies caught a scoring pass from Feist, and Burns led 29-7 after the two-point conversion.

Kennedy fumbled on the ensuing kickoff, and Garrett Blackburn ran in the touchdown from eight yards out to finish off the three-play, 23-yard drive.

The Hilanders made it 43-7 on an 18-yard TD pass from Feist to Blackburn with 34 seconds left to go in the half.

The Trojans received the second half kickoff, but Tiller got the Burns offense back on the field with an interception at the Hilanders’ 42.

The turnover eventually resulted in an 8-yard scoring pass from Feist to Trey Recanzone, and a 50-7 Burns lead.

Early in the fourth quarter, Recanzone put the final points on the board with a 60-yard run through the Kennedy defense.

The Hilanders (10-0) will face Union/Cove at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at Corbett Memorial Field, with the winner advancing to the semifinals to play the winner of the Regis-Gold Beach matchup.

The other two quarterfinal games have Central Linn playing at Heppner and Oakland at Knappa.

 

Ken      7      0     0     0      7

Bur     14    29     7     7     57

First quarter

Bur — Jeff Davies 62 run (James Obradovich kick) :09

Ken — Bishop Mitchell 19 pass from Noah Giberson (Angel Mendez kick) 6:32

Bur — Austin Feist 2 run (Obradovich kick) 9:35

Second quarter

Bur — Feist 38 run (Obradovich kick) 3:34

Bur — Davies 15 pass from Feist (Obradovich kick) 5:10

Bur — Garrett Blackburn 8 run (Trace Tiller run) 6:13

Bur — Blackburn 18 pass from Feist (Obradovich kick)

Third quarter

Bur — Trey Recanzone 8 pass from Feist (Obradovich kick) 3:13

Third quarter

Bur — Recanzone 60 run (Obradovich kick) 1:40

Individual statistics

Rushing — Burns, J. Davies 8-117, Feist 9-90, Recanzone 7-74, S. Davies 3-15, Blackburn 2-14, Van Tassel 2-13, Gunderson 3-9, Goss 2-6. Kennedy, Mitchell 16-32, Lopez 7-32, Giberson 5-2, Rosas 5-5, Vaughan 1-2.

Passing — Burns, Feist 13-18-0 186, Recanzone 0-1-0 0. Kennedy, Giberson 8-18-2 84.

Receiving — Burns, Blackburn 5-71, Tiller 3-72, J. Davies 3-19, Hueckman 1-16, Recanzone 1-8. Kennedy, Suing 1-15, Traeger 4-43, Seiler 1-8, Mitchell 1-19, Lopez 1-(-1).


Mustangs down Badgers 60-14

Posted on November 5th in Sports

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

The Mustangs’ David Steeves stiff-arms Seth Dixon of Powder Valley as he picks up yardage in Crane’s 60-14 win. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

The Mustangs’ David Steeves stiff-arms Seth Dixon of Powder Valley as he picks up yardage in Crane’s 60-14 win. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

The Crane Mustangs improved to 7-2 and advanced to the first round of the OSAA 1A state football playoffs with a 60-14 win over Powder Valley on Friday, Oct. 31.

Crane took control of the game early, as they stopped the Badgers on their first drive, blocked the punt and took over at the Powder Valley 21. After three runs by Austin Roath, Jack Bentz threw a 1-yard scoring pass to Matt Witzel, and the 2-point conversion pass to Roath,to give Crane an 8-0 lead.

Roath added a 6-yard touchdown run on Crane’s next possession to give the Mustangs a 14-0 lead with 4:45 left in the first quarter.

The Badgers’ Seth Dixon broke free for a 66-yard gain, and then scored on a 2-yard run to cut the Mustangs’ lead to 14-6.

Crane went up 22-6 on a 33-yard touchdown pass from Bentz to Travis Landon and a 2-point conversion run by David Steeves.

Crane extended their lead to 44-6 with three scores in the second quarter. Bentz connected with Landon on a 27-yard touchdown pass, Roath returned an interception 26 yards for a score, and Steeves added a 20-yard touchdown run.

On the first offensive play of the second half, Bentz raced to the end zone from 46 yards out, and the Mustangs went up 52-6.

Steeves scored the final TD for Crane on a 7-yard run with 6:56 left in the third quarter.

Powder Valley scored their second touchdown of the game on 15-yard pass from Dixon to Colton Ficek late in the third quarter, and neither team threatened again.

The Mustangs rushed for 236 yards, led by Roath with 78 yards on 13 carries.

Bentz completed eight of 13 passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns.

The Crane defense also played well, holding the Badgers to 118 rushing yards, and allowing only four pass completions on 17 attempts for 46 yards, with two interceptions.

 

PV       6     0     0    8    14

Cra    22    22   16   0    60

 

The Mustangs will host Triangle Lake (5-3) at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8.


Burns hosts Nyssa Friday, Oct. 31

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Austin Feist of Burns pulls away from a would-be tackler in the Hilanders’ win over Union/Cove. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Austin Feist of Burns pulls away from a would-be tackler in the Hilanders’ win over Union/Cove. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

In a game featuring two unbeaten teams battling for the Wapiti League title, the Burns Hilanders came away with a convincing 53-7 victory over Union/Cove on Friday, Oct. 24, at Cove.

The Hilanders, 8-0, were dominant on both sides of the ball as they rolled up 514 yards of total offense, while holding the Bobcats to just 92 yards.

Austin Feist led the Burns’ offense, rushing for 190 yards on 21 carries with five touchdowns, and throwing for another score.

The Hilanders’ Jeff Davies had a good night on both sides of the ball, rushing for 129 yards on 11 carries, and intercepting two passes, one returned 56 yards for a score.

Burns took a 7-0 lead on their first drive of the game when Feist scored from seven yards out to finish off an 80-yard, five-play drive.

Midway through the second quarter, Feist scored on a 15-yard run to put Burns up 13-0, and then made it 19-0 with a 25-yard score on their next possession.

Union/Cove’s Tayton Duby cut into the Hilander lead on the ensuing kickoff as he scooped up the ball at the 28 and raced untouched into the end zone.

Undaunted, the Hilanders drove 65 yards in six plays on their next possession and went up 27-7 on Feist’s 1-yard plunge with a little more than a minute left in the first half.

On the opening possession of the second half, Burns increased their lead to 34-7 on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Feist to Trace Tiller.

Union/Cove’s next possession came to an abrupt end when Davies stepped in front of the intended receiver, picked off the pass, and bolted to the end zone for a 40-7 advantage.

The Hilanders recovered a fumble at the Union/Cove 36 on the ensuing kickoff, and five plays later, Feist scored from a yard out to put Burns up 46-7.

Davies came up with his second interception on Union/Cove’s next drive, and the Hilanders’ Scott Davies capped off the ensuing drive with a 1-yard TD run.

With a running clock ticking the seconds away, the Bobcats picked up three first down before the Hilanders’ Trey Recanzone came up with an interception, giving Burns the ball at their own 29, and effectively ending the game.

The Hilanders will finish out their regular season Friday, Oct. 31, when they host Nyssa in non-conference action. The Bulldogs come into the contest with a 5-2 record and a No. 15 ranking in 3A. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Corbett Memorial Field.

 

Bur      7    20   19   7     53

U/C      0     7     0    0      7

First quarter

Bur — Austin Feist 7 run (James Obradovich kick) 3:52

Second quarter

Bur — Feist 15 run (kick failed) 4:59

Bur — Feist 25 run (pass failed) 8:57

U/C — Tayton Duby 72 kickoff return (Jordan Alexander kick) 9:07

Bur — Feist 1 run (Trey Recanzone pass from Feist) 10:58

Third quarter

Bur — Trace Tiller 14 pass from Feist (Obradovich kick) 3:21

Bur — Jeff Davies 56 interception return (Obradovich kick) 4:02

Bur — Feist 1 run (Obradovich kick) 6:05

Fourth quarter

Bur — Scott Davies 1 run (Obradovich kick) :38

 

Individual statistics

Rushing — Burns, J. Davies 11-129, Feist 21-190, Recanzone 3-35, S. Davies 9-31, Blackburn 2-32, Lewellen 1-6. Union/Cove, Alexander 10-31, Clark 8-15, Witty 5-9, Duby 4-13, Murchison 1-5.

Passing — Burns, Feist 6-13-1 69, Recanzone 2-2-0 22. Union/Cove, Murchison 3-9-2 19, Clark 0-1-1 0.

Receiving — Burns, Blackburn 2-13, Tiller 3-49, Hueckman 1-7, J. Davies 3-22. Union/Cove, Duby 3-19.


by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Taylor Crafts goes up for the block. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Taylor Crafts goes up for the block. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

The Burns volleyball team clinched the Wapiti League title with a four-set home victory over the Union Bobcats on Thursday, Oct. 16.

The Hilanders dropped the first set 22-25, and came back to win the next three 25-22, 25-17, 2515.

The Bobcats took advantage of a sluggish start by Burns in the first set to get out to a 6-1 lead. Union maintained the lead throughout until a late rally by the Hilanders tied the score at 21-21. Union won the next point and went on to get the three-point win.

The second set saw the two teams trade the lead several times until, with the score knotted at 18-18, Burns reeled off four straight points to take command and, eventually, the win.

Down 8-11 in the third game, Burns scored nine points in a row  to go up by six, and the Bobcats never got closer than five the rest of the way.

With victory within their grasp, the Hilanders got out to a 14-8 lead in  the fourth set. Union never got closer than four, and with a 20-15 advantage, Burns closed out the match on a 5-0 run.

The Hilanders traveled to Elgin Saturday, Oct. 18, for matches with Elgin and Cove, and with victories over both teams, Burns finished with a perfect 12-0 league record.

The Hilanders made short work of Elgin, winning in three sets, 25-8, 25-16, 25-12.

Burns also swept Cove, 25-18, 25-18, 25-17.

The Hilanders finished their regular season schedule by hosting Ontario in a non-conference match Tuesday, Oct. 21. Results of the match were not available by press time.

On Saturday, Oct. 25, Burns competes in the district tournament in Cove. The Hilanders locked up a state tournament berth by winning the Wapiti League, and the district will determine the state seeding.

The 2A state volleyball tournament will be held Nov. 7-8 at Ridgeview High School in Redmond.

•••

The Hilanders lost a tough, five-set non-conference match to Vale on Tuesday, Oct. 14.

The Hilanders outlasted the Vikings 26-24 in the first set, and then lost the next two 18-25 and 9-25. Burns settled down in the fourth set and came away with a 25-22 win. In the fifth, and deciding set, Burns came up short 11-15.

The Hilander offense was led by Catherine Clemens with 21 kills out of the team’s 38. Taylor Crafts added eight and Madison Carson six.

Crafts and Carson combined for 25 blocks, with 15 and 10, respectively. Abby Nonnenmacher had eight blocks and Carli Feist and Kaylea Friedrichsen five apiece.

Burns recorded 125 digs over the course of the five sets, with Madison Woodworth getting 37 and Clemens 31. Friedrichsen added another 22, Feist 15, Baylee Hanner nine and Mariah Ribeiro eight.

Ribeiro was the team leader in assists with 24, and Feist had eight.


by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Austin Roath breaks free for a 48-yard touchdown run in the second quarter of Crane’s win over Harper/Huntington. (Photo by SAMANTHA WHITE)

Austin Roath breaks free for a 48-yard touchdown run in the second quarter of Crane’s win over Harper/Huntington. (Photo by SAMANTHA WHITE)

Following a scoreless first quarter, the Crane Mustangs scored three touchdowns before halftime, and cruised to a 66-26 victory over Harper/Huntington (H/H) in their homecoming football game on Friday, Oct. 10.

The Mustangs’ Jack Bentz completed nine of 15 passes for 247 yards and three TDs, and Austin Roath rushed for 168 yards and one score on nine attempts.

H/H received the opening kickoff and began a long, time-consuming drive that ended with the LocoNets going out on downs at the Crane 8 with less than two minutes left in the first quarter.

The Mustangs responded with a 92-yard scoring drive, finished off with a 30-yard touchdown pass from Bentz to David Steeves.

Crane scored on their next two possession, a 30-yard pass from Bentz to Matt Witzel and a 48-yard run by Roath, to lead 22-0 at halftime.

Crane made it 30-0 on their first possession of the second half, as Bentz found Witzel open for a 25-yard scoring pass, and Travis Landon ran in the two-point conversion.

H/H cut the lead to 30-6 on a 44-yard touchdown run by Dakota Allaire, but  Crane came right back with a score of their own, as Landon ran it in from five yards out.

The LocoNets then put together a 56-yard scoring drive, getting the touchdown on a 1-yard run by Nathan Joyce to make it 36-12.

Steeves capped off the Mustangs’ next drive with a 2-yard scoring run, and following a H/H fumble, Landon raced into the end zone from 36 yards out to make it 50-12.

Allaire broke free for a 78-yard TD run on the LocoNets’ next possession, but any hopes of an upset went down the drain with an 85-yard return for a touchdown by Landon on the ensuing kickoff.

Both teams tacked on one more score as the final minutes ticked away to provide the final margin of victory.

Crane is 2-0 in league play, and 4-1 overall. On Friday, Oct. 17, the Mustangs take on Dayville/Monument (0-3, 1-5) at 1 p.m. in Monument.

 

H/H      0      0     12     14     26

Cra      0     22    20     24     66

Second quarter

Cra — David Steeves 30 pass from Jack Bentz (run failed)

Cra — Matt Witzel 30 pass from Bentz (Travis Landon run)

Cra — Austin Roath 48 run (Steeves run)

Third quarter

Cra — Witzel 25 pass from Bentz (Landon run)

H/H — Dakota Allaire 44 run (run failed)

Cra — Landon 5 run (pass failed)

H/H — Nathan Joyce 1 run (pass failed)

Cra — Steeves 2 run (run failed)

Fourth quarter

Cra — Landon 36 run (Steeves run)

H/H — Allaire 78 run (Joyce run)

Cra — Landon 85 kickoff return (Steeves run)

H/H — Austin Dixon 14 pass from Joyce (run failed)

Cra — Bentz 46 pass from Landon (Landon run)

 

Individual statistics

Rushing — H/H, Schweitzer 3-3, DeSantiago 5-10, Dixon 2-16, Allaire 10-123, Joyce 25-165. Crane, Valentine 1-11, Landon 5-22, Bentz 6-92, Steeves 4-40, Roath 9-168.

Passing — H/H, Joyce 4-6-0 41. Crane, Bentz 9-15-0 247, Landon 1-1-0 46.

Receiving — H/H, Dixon 1-14, Allaire 3-27. Crane, Landon 1-25, Bentz 1-46, Steeves 3-94, Roath 1-22, Witzel 4-106.


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