When the OSAA created a 6-man football league, it did not include a state playoff for the 15 teams involved in the first-year program.
So, the teams took matters into their own hands.
Special District 4 (West) and Special District 5 (East) held crossover games last Saturday in Madras, where Echo shut out Gilchrist 55-0.
“It was a pilot year, so they did not have playoffs, which we were bummed about.” Echo coach Rick Thew said.
The Cougars (7-1) finished third in the East behind Joseph and Harper.
Against Gilchrist, Echo quarterback Devan Craig threw three touchdown passes, ran for another, and caught a touchdown pass. Mason Smith ran for three touchdowns, and Mychael Pointer had an interception, scored a touchdown and led the team in tackles.
“I couldn’t be more proud of my team,” Thew said. “We continually got better through the last game of the season.”
This was Thew’s last year coaching the Cougars.
“I have a daughter in the seventh grade who does middle school volleyball and basketball,” he said. “And another who is in the first grade. It’s time to step back and watch my girls play.”
Don Walker will take the reins of the program next season.