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Adrian runs roughshod over Crane, clinches trip to state final game against St. Paul

The Adrian defense stops Crane running back Chase Joyce (No. 11). (For the Enterprise/Geary Johnson).

HERMISTON – Michael Babcock scored five touchdowns and Conley Martin threw for 261 yards and tossed three scores Saturday to help lift Adrian/Jordan Valley past Crane 74-18 and put the Antelopes in the state football title game for the first time since 2014.

“Obviously Michael and Conley had monster games. Crane is a team that never gives up. It is very difficult to close the door on that team,” said Adrian/Jordan Valley coach Billy Wortman.

The Antelopes will face undefeated and perennial eight-man powerhouse St. Paul (12-0) for the state championship Saturday in Hermiston at 11 a.m. Pacific time.

Adrian/Jordan Valley and Crane combined for 993 yards of offense and the Mustangs jumped . . .