By The Hermiston Herald
ECHO The Echo Cougars fell behind twice early in Friday night's game against Arlington, but those deficits were not a foreshadowing of things to come.
The Cougars rolled to an 84-32 win over the Honkers behind a solid offensive line that opened up enough holes for running back Dustin Christensen to run his way to 275 yards and six touchdowns as Echo kept pace with the rest of the Big Sky Conference.
The Honkers got on the board first on a 38-yard touchdown run by Ethan Weiser. Michael Madison scored Echo's first touchdown with his own 38-yard run to the endzone. Weiser, however, answered back with a 10-yard touchdown run to put Arlington up 14-6.
That would be the last time Arlington led as Echo ran off 28 unanswered points.
Christensen got the scoring barrage going with a 52-yard touchdown run, followed by a 36-yard scoring run by Devin Christensen. Dustin Christensen then scored three times on long runs, the first for 25 yards , then from 21 yards out and the third from 46 yards.
Echo's Michael Madison sprints away from Arlington defenders Friday night for the Cougars' first touchdown of the night. Echo won handily, 84-32.
Colter McCallum's 42-yard touchdown pass from Jacob Eby gave Echo a commanding 50-20 lead at halftime.
In the third quarter, Dustin Christensen picked up where he left off when he escaped Arlington defenders and raced 56 yards for a score. Arlington scored in the third quarter on a 6-yard pass from Brandon Miller to Josh Ball.
Echo scored its second touchdown of the quarter on a 46-yard pass from Eby to Ryan Ramos.
Dustin Christensen scored his sixth touchdown of the night in the fourth quarter on a 32-yard run.
Echo's final two scores came on a 50-yard touchdown pass from Eby to Devin Christensen and a 59-yard run by Ethan Marcum.
Echo travels to Ione for a matchup of 3-2 teams.