By Christopher Halsey
ARLINGTON The Echo Cougars broke a three game losing skid with a resounding 50-0 road win against Arlington.
Scoring early and often, the Cougars also played solid defense in the game that evened their Big Sky record at 1-1 after a loss against Dufur the week prior.
The Cougars enter a bye week this week after amassing 594 total offensive yards and allowing only 66 to the Honkers.
Echo traveled with only 10 of the 12 players on the roster, but played well on both sides of the ball according to head coach Mike Wisdom.
It was a gutty effort by 10 kids, Wisdom said. Good things happen to people who work hard.
Quarterback Kyle Snow put forth an impressive effort, rushing for two touchdowns and throwing for another pair. He had 135 yards rushing and was 8-for-20 for 116 passing yards and was not intercepted. He collected one interception in the game for the Cougars as well.
Snow rushed for the first Echo touchdown in the first quarter from 4-yards out and added another rushing score in the second quarter. He passed for a 48-yard strike in the fourth quarter to Homero Urenda. His final scoring pass was a 1-yard touchdown to Cory Davis.
Shane Clifton scored in the first quarter to give the Cougars a 12-0 advantage and Gerry Escalante followed Snows second quarter score with a scoring run from the 3-yard-line to build a 26-0 lead. Urenda closed out the first half flurry with a 10-yard run.
Chris Allred ended the game with a score from the 10-yard line to induce the mercy rule at the 1:52 mark of the final quarter.
Wisdom, in his fourth year at Echo, praised his assistant coach for the Cougar defense.
The Cougars are now 2-3 overall and Wisdom said they will take the week off to heal and scout.
Were still in the hunt for this thing, Wisdom said of the Cougar bid for a second consecutive playoff appearance.
Were still somebody people will have to prepare for and be ready to play.
(For complete coverage, see the Oct. 2 edition of the Hermiston Herald)