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Umatilla, Heppner lose football openers

Published on September 4, 2018 6:13PM

UMATILLA — The Umatilla Vikings had a tough opener Friday with one of the top five teams in the state as Rainier left town with a 58-6 victory.

“They just went ground and pound against us,” Umatilla coach Dan Durfey said.

Andrew Earl led the Vikings (0-1) offense going 8 for 18 passing with 138 yards and one touchdown, which came on a five-yard pass to Ryan Lorence. Ramiro Alverez was Umatilla’s leading rusher with 52 yards on four carries, while Izayah Rodarte added 45 yards on five carries.

Umatilla will host Clatskanie on Friday.

CLATSKANIE 46, HEPPNER 0 — At Clatskanie, the Heppner Mustangs were shut out in their season opener for the second straight time, losing 46-0 to the Class 3A Clatskanie Tigers on Friday night.

The Mustangs (0-1) had only 108 yards of total offense in the game, with Jayden Wilson throwing for 64 yards on 7 of 13 passes and Mason Lehman leading the team with 24 rushing yards on six carries.

Clatskanie (1-0) compiled 357 yards — 221 through the air and 136 on the ground. The Tigers scored on six of their nine possessions.

Heppner will host Santiam on Friday.


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