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Pendleton, Heppner to host first-round football games

Annie Fowler

East Oregonian

Published on October 29, 2018 12:01AM

Last changed on October 29, 2018 9:29PM

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Heppner’s Jayden Wilson stiff arms Grant Union’s Taylor Hunt in the Mustangs’ 47-17 win against the Prospectors on Oct. 19 in Heppner.

Staff photo by E.J. Harris Heppner’s Jayden Wilson stiff arms Grant Union’s Taylor Hunt in the Mustangs’ 47-17 win against the Prospectors on Oct. 19 in Heppner.

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Pendleton’s Shawn Yeager rushes the ball flanked by La Salle’s Ryan Bjorvik (15) and Maxwell Middendorf in the Bucks’ 62-14 win against La Salle on Oct. 5 in Pendleton.

Staff photo by E.J. Harris Pendleton’s Shawn Yeager rushes the ball flanked by La Salle’s Ryan Bjorvik (15) and Maxwell Middendorf in the Bucks’ 62-14 win against La Salle on Oct. 5 in Pendleton.

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The OSAA state football, volleyball and soccer brackets are out, and there are a handful of local teams sprinkled in the midst of the competition.

The Pendleton Bucks (8-1) will host Crescent Valley (6-3) at 7 p.m. Friday in the first round of the 5A football playoffs at the Pendleton Round-Up Grounds.

It’s the first time since 2011 the Bucks have reached the playoffs. They have not won a playoff game since 2006.

“We have watched film,” Pendleton coach Erik Davis said. “They are a very good football team, and they have some size up front. They beat an undefeated Silverton team (27-14) a couple of weeks ago. We are prepared for a good game.”

The Bucks are coming off a tough 53-7 loss to Wilsonville last week in the 5A Special District 1 title game.

“It’s frustrating, but I think it is harder for a coach to take a loss like that than the kids. They are resilient,” Davis said.

In the 2A playoffs, Heppner (7-2) will host Kennedy (7-2) at 7 p.m. Friday night.

Pilot Rock/Nixyaawii (6-2) will travel to play Adrian/Jordan Valley (6-3) at noon Friday. The game will be played at Adrian High School.

In the 2A state volleyball tournament, Weston-McEwen will open play at 1:15 p.m. Friday against Portland Christian. The tournament will be held at Ridgeview High School in Redmond.

In girls soccer, Riverside will host Douglas at 4 p.m. Wednesday in a 3A/2A/1A first-round matchup, while in the 4A tournament, Mac-Hi will play North Valley at 3:30 p.m. at Grants Pass High School.

In the boys 3A/2A/1A tournament, Umatilla will play at top-ranked Oregon Episcopal (Portland) at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, while Riverside will host Taft at 4:30 p.m.

In the 4A tournament, Mac-Hi will play at Madras at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the first round.

The state cross-country meets will take place Saturday at Lane Community College in Eugene.

The Heppner boys, who finished second at the Special District 3 meet last Friday, will compete in the 2A/1A race, while Zayne Troeger will run for Umatilla in the 3A boys race. Leo Llamas will run for Mac-Hi in the boys 4A race.



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