ARLINGTON — The Arlington Honkers are aiming for a statement victory on Thursday evening when they host the No. 2-ranked Dufur Rangers at 7 p.m..
Arlington (5-1 overall, 1-0 SD4) has won five straight since a season-opening loss to Echo, out-scoring opponents 315-32 in that span, including a 66-0 win over Prarie City last week. Dufur (5-0, 2-0), the defending state champion, is coming off of a 54-22 victory over Sherman.
A quick look at the rest of this week’s prep football meetings:
PERRYDALE (3-3) AT PILOT ROCK (2-3), 6 P.M. — Pilot Rock brings some momentum into Thursday night’s game coming off a 22-14 win at Enterprise six days ago.
The Rockets host a Perrydale team that has beat up on lesser competition, but has struggled against good teams. Last week, Perrydale defeated South Wasco County 64-6.
MAC-HI (3-2, 0-1) AT LA GRANDE (5-1, 1-0), 7 P.M. — The Mac-Hi Pioneers continue league play on Friday with a trip to the No. 7-ranked La Grande Tigers.
Mac-Hi started Greater Oregon League play with a tough 50-6 loss to Ontario last week, while La Grande went on the road and beat Baker 39-6. La Grande’s lone loss came in Week 3 to a solid Sunnyside (WA) team 40-28.
IRRIGON (3-2, 1-1) AT NYSSA (4-0, 2-0), 7 P.M. — Irrigon is coming off of a setback last week with a 50-6 loss at home to Vale and has another tough opponent this week with unbeaten Nyssa on Friday.
Nyssa is unbeaten this season and appears to be the top team in the Eastern Oregon League, fresh off of a close 34-28 win over Burns last week. The Bulldogs’ offense has scored at least 30 points in three of the four games this season.
UMATILLA (4-2, 1-1) AT VALE (3-3, 1-1), 7 P.M. — Umatilla got back in the win column last week with a big victory over Riverside, but head back east this week for a meeting with Vale.
The Vikings have struggled to match the physicallity of the far-east teams of Vale, Nyssa, and Burns, the latter of which beat the Vikings 42-13 just two weeks ago. Meanwhile, Vale has now won two of its last three after a 50-6 win over Irrigon.
RIVERSIDE (2-3, 0-2) AT BURNS (3-3, 1-1), 7 P.M. — After a strong start to the season, Riverside has slumped hard over the past three weeks with three consecutive losses.
Last week, Riverside’s offense scored the second-most points in a game this season with 16, but still lost 44-16 to Umatilla. The road doesn’t get easier on Friday as it travels to Burns, a team that comes in off a close 34-28 loss on the road to Nyssa but has won two of its last three games.
CULVER (0-6, 0-1) AT HEPPNER (2-3, 1-0), 7 P.M. — Heppner appears to be getting things back on track with two straight blowout wins with a winless Culver team coming to town on Friday.
The Bulldogs lost 52-7 last week against Grant Union. A win for the Mustangs will set up a winner-take-all CBC title game against Stanfield next week.
JOSEPH (2-4, 0-3) AT ECHO (4-2, 2-1), 7 P.M. — Echo’s offense is clicking on all cylinders, scoring 68 points in back-to-back weeks, but the Cougars still need some work on defense.
Friday should be a good match up for Echo, as Joseph comes off of an 80-36 loss to Cove and has scored more than 30 points in just three games this season.