Assistant Coach Bryce Kershner and Coach Billy Wortman react to a fourth-quarter defensive stand by the Adrian/Jordan Valley Antelopes to seal a state championship title on Saturday, Nov. 30, in Hermiston. (Angie Sillonis – Special to the Enterprise)
HERMISTON – The Adrian/Jordan Valley Antelopes came from behind late in the game to score on an 80-year touchdown pass against St. Paul that put the Lopes ahead for good to win the 1A state football championship. The final: 38-32.
The game was played in frigid conditions at Hermiston High School. The Lopes finish the season 13-0.
The Lopes trailed in the fourth quarter, starting at their own 20-yard line with 1:53 left in the game. On the first play in the drive, Conley Martin connected with Mike Babcock on a pass that went into the end zone and Martin finished the game scoring by adding a two-point conversion.
St. Paul started its final drive and an attempt to take back the game from its own 48-yard line but four passed failed, and the Lopes took over on downs with 53 seconds left in the championship game. Adrian/Jordan Valley got off three plays to run out the clock and take the title – the first for Adrian since 2014. Jordan Valley’s Mustangs merged with Adrian in 2017.
The teams were tied 14-14 at the half. St. Paul led 26-22 at the end of the third quarter and went up 32-22 on a 3-yard scoring play with 7:51 left in the game.
Martin accounted for four touchdowns on the ground and one by pass. He rushed 35 times for 201 yards and was 13-for-22 passing with no interceptions for another 237 yards. Babcock had 14 carries for 86 yards.
Assistant Coach Bryce Kershner reacts to a fourth-quarter defensive stand by the Adrian/Jordan Valley Antelopes to seal a state championship title on Saturday, Nov. 30, in Hermiston. (Angie Sillonis – Special to the Enterprise)
The Adrian/Jordan Valley Antelopes poses with their championship trophy in Hermiston after defeating St. Paul 38-32 in the 1A state football title game. Angie Sillonis – Special to the Enterprise)
The head coach is Billy Wortman. The player roster includes:
OTHER PLAYOFF NEWS:
Santiam Christian, which defeated Nyssa and Vale in early rounds of the state 3A football playoffs, won the state title Saturday, defeating Hidden Valley 41-34.
In 4A play, La Grande faces Banks in the state title game, scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday.