BEND — Nick Bower threw for 275 yards and three touchdowns and Aiden Patterson ran for 95 yards and two touchdowns as their Pendleton Buckaroos earned a huge 39-20 victory over Bend on Friday night.
Pendleton (5-3 overall, 4-2 5A Special District 1) controlled the game in nearly all facets, out-gaining Bend (5-3, 4-2) in total yardage 420-296, winning the turnover battle one to three, and controlling the game clock for nearly 30 of the 48 minutes. Pendleton held a 21-14 lead at halftime and a 27-2 lead after three quarters, but were able to add to its cushion in the fourth quarter to pull away.
It was a crucial win for the Buckaroos, who hang on to the fourth playoff spot in the district with the victory.
“One of the things we talked about this week was getting on the board early and we were able to do that, 21 points in the first half,” Pendleton coach Erik Davis said. “Nick (Bower) had a tremendous game, he was a leader on the field and he distributed the ball well ... and defensively we stiffened up a bit. Our kids didn’t give up and they battled.”
On the receiving end, Blake Davis continued his strong season with a team-high 12 catches for 99 yards and one touchdown, while Shaw Jerome hauled in four passes for 111 yards. Tanner Stephan also caught a touchdown for the Bucks.
Pendleton will host Hermiston at the Round-Up Arena for the regular season finale.
PHS 14 7 6 12 — 39
BHS 0 14 6 0 — 20
PASSING — (PHS) N. Bower 23-32, 275, 3TD. (BHS) C. Simmonds 5-18, 161, TD.
RUSHING — (PHS) A. Patterson 21-95, 2TD; N. Bower 15-50, TD; S. Jerome 2-0. (BHS) C. Simmonds 10-14; K. Kjellsvik 8-39; P. Davis 7-58; M. Davis 5-33; K. reed 1-6, T. Guilfoyle 1-5; Team 1-(-20).
RECEIVING — (PHS) B. Davis 12-99, TD; S. Jerome 4-111, TD; T. Stephan 3-20, TD; C. Sandford 2-39; A. Patterson 2-6. (BHS) T. Reeser 2-103, TD; K. Reed 2-38; T. Scott 1-20.
IRRIGON 40, UMATILLA 6 — At Umatilla, the Irrigon Knights’ defense quieted a potent Umatilla offense on its way to thumping the Vikings on their home field 40-6 on Friday night.
Josue Aguilera ran for 134 yards and three touchdowns for Irrigon (4-3 overall, 2-2 Eastern Oregon League), and Lino Covarrubia added 82 yards and two touchdowns. Pedro Alvarez led Umatilla’s (4-4, 1-3) offense with 61 rushing yards and one touchdown, while Kaden Webb threw for 133 yards on 7-of-16 passing.
“Our offensive line really dominated the game and our defense kept (Umatilla) in check,” Irrigon coach Steve Sheller said. “I’m proud of our boys, they played their tails off tonight.”
Umatilla hosts Nyssa and Irrigon hosts Burns.
NYSSA 53, RIVERSIDE 6 — At Boardman, the Riverside Pirates lost for the fifth consecutive game as they were thumped by the undefeated Nyssa Bulldogs on Friday night.
Riverside (2-5 overall, 0-4 Eastern Oregon League) finishes up the regular season at Vale next week.
ECHO 36, COVE 24 — At Cove, the Echo Cougars earned sole possession of third place in the district with a tough 36-24 win over Cove on Friday night, marking the Cougars’ third straight win overall.
Echo (6-2 overall, 4-1 Special District 1) will play in a league playoff next week with opponent TBD.
SHERMAN 46, ARLINGTON 8 — At Moro, the Arlington Honkers were held to a season-low eight points in a tough loss to the Sherman Huskies on Friday night.
Arlington (5-3 overall, 1-2 Special District 4) wraps up the regular season next week at Pilot Rock.
DUFUR 58, PILOT ROCK 22 — At Dufur, the Pilot Rock Rockets lost for the second straight week, this time losing to the No. 1-ranked Dufur Rangers 58-22 on Friday night.
Pilot Rock (2-5 overall) finishes up the regular season next week at home against Arlington.