Echo 34, Ione 24

The Echo Cougars punched their ticket to the Class 1A playoffs with a 34-24 win over Ione on Friday in Echo.

The Cougars, who finished the regular season third in the Big Sky and No. 23 in the OSAA power ratings, will take on No. 1 Lowell at 1 p.m. Saturday in Lowell.

For the Cougs, Ethan Marcum continued his torrid running pace this year, rambling off 200 yards on the ground and a score. However, that wasn’t the only impressive performance by an Echo running back.

Fullback Ray Harris also went off, running for153 yards on 20 carries and four touchdowns. He also had a 40-yard reception to his credit.

For the Cardinals, Alex Rietmann had 102 yards on 17 carries and Luke Emmel caught a 20-yard TD pass.

Heppner 53, Irrigon 8

The year ended for the Irrigon Knights a winless one.

The Knights dropped a 53-8 decision to the Heppner Mustangs on Friday in Heppner, becoming victim No. 81 of the Mustangs’ consecutive conference win streak, which dates back to 1998.

Irrigon’s only score came in the fourth quarter on a Francisco Nunez 20-yard pass to Osvaldo Macias. Donovan Baker ran in the two-point conversion.

Heppner’s Alex Pickles continued his strong season, rushing for 109 yards on six carries. Quarterback Willy Gentry needed to complete just three passes to amass 121 yards through the air.

With the win, Heppner claimed its 12th consecutive league championship, with the first of the streak coming in 1999 part of the now-defunct Columbia Basin Conference.

Stanfield 62, Pilot Rock 16

Stanfield laid it all on Pilot Rock on Friday at home, pummeling the Rockets, 62-16, to sew up third place in the Blue Mountain Conference.

Stanfield has to travel to Knappa for a first-round playoff game at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Running backs Quin Grogan and Felipe Pena combined to run for 300 yards and a pair of scores and quarterback Derek Monkus threw for a score as well.

Often times in blowouts, coaches insert players into spots they normally don’t play. For example, Stanfield starting center Jordan Hayden received some reps at running back, packing the rock four times for 22 yards.

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