ADRIAN TITLE: Fumble recovery late in the game sets up winning score

Quarterback Conley Martin works to elude a Badger defender in the state championship game on Saturday, Nov. 27. (Special to the Enterprise/ANGIE SILLONIS)

BAKER CITY – Antelopes don’t often chase badgers but that was the case Saturday in the state 1A championship game between Adrian and Powder Valley.

For much of the game, the Lopes trailed Powder Valley – an unfamiliar situation for an undefeated Adrian team that has rarely allowed more than one touchdown.

But key plays late in the game put Adrian back in familiar territory – the winning side of a ballgame.

The Lopes defeated the Badgers 46-38 to win the state title, repeating from its championship in 2019. They finish the season 13-0.

The championship trophy didn’t come easy.

“Powder Valley had a great game . . .