ONTARIO – Running back Ethan Hendrickson piled up 258 yards rushing and scored five touchdowns to lead Ontario past Madras, 48-20, Saturday, Oct. 21, in a Greater Oregon League contest.
“It was a good turnaround from those previous weeks,” said Ontario coach Greg Simmons.
Ontario (1-3, 5-3) entered the game trailed by two straight losses – to Baker and Pendleton/Nixyaawii – but revved up its ground game early to take control against Madras.
“Even in our losses we’ve moved the ball well so it was kind of getting back to establishing the run game,” said Simmons.
Ontario held a 27-6 advantage at halftime and managed to cut down on its turnovers, a problem that often haunted the Tigers earlier in the season.
“That was the biggest difference, winning the turnover battle. That was probably the biggest key,” said Simmons.
The Tigers forced a fumble and an interception against Madras (1-7, 0-4).
“Defensively they ran the ball a little bit on us but I think defensively we played pretty well,” said Simmons.
Ontario will finish out its regular season against La Grande, Friday, Oct. 27, in La Grande.
In Vale, the Vikings wasted little time establishing jurisdiction against McLoughlin High School, Friday, Oct. 20, on the way to a dominating 56-0 Eastern Oregon League win.
“Everybody on the roster got to play and it was a good, overall team effort,” said Vale coach Jeff Aldred.
Vale (3-0, 7-0) will play Nyssa (2-1, 2-6) Friday, Oct. 27 in the annual Black and Blue Bowl at Vale High School. Game time is 7 p.m.
Burns defeated Nyssa 47-14, Saturday, Oct. 21.
Adrian beat Lyle/Wishram/Klickitat/Glenwood, 66-32, in a nonleague contest Friday. The Antelopes (3-2, 5-3) will travel to Union Friday to close out their regular season.
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