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
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
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)
Bur — Trey Recanzone 8 pass from Feist (Obradovich kick) 3:13
Bur — Recanzone 60 run (Obradovich kick) 1:40
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).