Following a tough-to-swallow 68-0 defeat at the hands of Wallowa two weeks ago, Echo came back to give Powder Valley all the Cougars could handle in a 34-24 loss Friday.
Echo climbed out of a 28-8 hole in the second half, but minor defensive breakdowns here and there gave Powder Valley scoring opportunities, including a 54-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that put the game out of reach.
The Cougars (1-4, 0-2 Big Sky) continue league play this week as they make the trek to Joseph to take on the Eagles (1-3, 0-1) at 7 p.m. Friday.
Its a winnable game for Echo. Joseph lost its first three contests by a combined score of 157-70.
The Eagles are led by sophomore running back Cayden Delury, who has carried the ball 70 times for 899 yards and 12 scores. Hes the focal point of the offense, and Echo will have to be sound in gap discipline to keep him corralled. Delury is also the leading receiver for Joseph, catching seven passes for 194 yards and another touchdown. He is also the kick returner as well both kickoffs and punts and averages 383 all-purpose yards a game.