LEBANON — The Pendleton Buckaroo football season came to an end Friday night in Lebanon with a loss to the Warriors 61-12 in opening round of the Class 5A playoffs.

Lebanon jumped out ahead early when running back Garrett Urrutia took the first play from scrimmage 69 yards to the end zone. Behind early, Pendleton kept it close as Lebanon took its 8-0 lead into the second quarter.

“We were driving late in the first quarter,” coach Mitch Sanders said, but an interception deep in Lebanon territory stopped the threat.

Turnovers were a big factor in the second quarter as the Bucks gave the ball up three times and the Warriors took advantage scoring on all three ensuing drives en route to a 34-0 lead heading to the locker room at halftime.

“We moved the ball on every possession we had in the first half,“ Sanders said. “They just executed better.”

Pendleton scored first in the third quarter to narrow the deficit to 34-6 on a 31 yard touchdown pass from Connor Johnson to Adam Futter. Johnson added a second touchdown pass in the quarter — this one for five yards to Bryan Beard. But by the end of the third quarter, Pendleton trailed 40-12.

“We had a rough night trying to stop their offense, they ran wild on us,” Sanders said.

Pendleton finishes the season with an 8-3 record overall, same as Lebanon.

The Bucks were outgained in the gain, but not as much as the score would suggest. Lebanon compiled 424 yards to Pendleton’s 364 as turnovers were the difference. Johnson threw for 287 yards in the game but had a pair of costly interceptions that were returned for touchdowns.

Sanders said that he was very happy with how the season went overall this year for the Bucks, adding that it was a great year for the seniors on the squad — just a disappointing way to finish the season.

Sanders looks optimistically at next year when stating the quarterback Johnson and much of the offensive line will return to be the base of the offense once again.

Sanders summed it up by saying, “The future bodes well for us next year.”


PENDLETON (8-3)    0    0    12    0    —    12

LEBANON (8-3)    8    26    6    21    —    61

Individual Statistics

RUSHING?— PHS (29-77):?Dylan Holcomb 24-79; Connor Johnson 5-(-2). LHS (402): Tre Larson 158; Garrett Urrutia 129; Benjamin Duerr 93 yards; DJ Knuth 57.

PASSING — PHS:??Connor Johnson 19-34-2, 287 yards, 2 TD. LHS: Duerr 2-4-0, 22 yards.

RECEIVING — PHS: Tori Eaton 7-98; Lathan Alger 4-93; Adam Futter 5-74, TD; Bryan Beard 2-11, TD; Ian Rivera 1-8. LHS:?Robert Holstein 2-22.

Penalty — PHS: 5-40. LHS: 3-25. Fumbles — PHS: 1-1 lost. LHS — 2-1 lost. First Downs — PHS: 15. LHS — 15.

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