Pre-season football: Stanfield looks to extend two-game winning streak | Local


STANFIELD – Davie Salas has no doubts that his 12-man football team will give everything they have in every game.

The Stanfield coach saw this last week when the Tigers took down the 4A McLoughlin 46-19.

On Friday, April 2, the Tigers (2-2) will look to lead their three-game winning streak when they hit the road to face Riverside in a Blue Mountain Conference showdown.

The Pirates (0-2) have requested that the game be played in a 9-player format, which Salas agreed to, but dislikes.

“We’re going to play, but we don’t want to play 9 on 9,” he said. “We have to spend this week practicing to train something that we will never play again. We will do our best and honor what we have decided to do.

The Tigers had a big game from senior running back Enrique Arellano last week, and others like Gator Goodrich and Ryan Elizares have stepped up as well.

“We are improving every week,” said Salas. “No one transfers to save us. We play good old school football. We have to be creative every day. We keep it simple and the kids buy. There are no excuses – you have to fight for what you want.

HEPPNER VS. TOLEDO – In what should be a highly anticipated game, the Boomers could have their hands full with the Mustangs (4-0), who beat their opponents 157-16.

The game will be played at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 3 at Redmond High School.

Toledo (2-1), who qualified for the State Class 2A quarter-finals last year, gave up 83 points in three games this spring.

The Mustangs are led by quarterback Jayden Wilson, who signed to play at Western Oregon University, alongside Jackson Lehman, Roy Collins, Mikal Jaca and Hayden Hyatt.

MCLOUGHLIN IN WESTON-MCEWEN – The TigerScots 3-1 took their bumps last week against Heppner, but they are looking to return to the win column on April 2 against the Pioneers (1-2).

UMATILLA AT GRANT UNION – The Vikings (2-2) are looking to lead their two-game winning streak against the Prospectors (1-2) on April 2.

Last week Ryan Lorence led the charge for Umatilla, rushing for 134 yards and two touchdowns against Irrigon. Eric Hoyos added two touchdowns in the lopsided victory.

ROCK PILOT IN UNION – The Rockets sit well in the Special District 2 standings at 2-2 and are on a two-game winning streak heading into their April 2 game against the Bobcats (0-1), who were limited to one game due to a COVID-19 epidemic in early March.

IONE / ARLINGTON AT IMBLER – The Cardinals 0-3 are looking to break through the winning column against the Panthers (1-2) in their Special District 2 game.

DAYVILLE / ECHO MONUMENT – The Cougars were due to travel to Prairie City on April 2, but the Panthers had a football player tested positive for COVID last week and the players had to self-quarantine.

“These are the protocols we have,” Prairie City Superintendent Casey Hallgarth said. “It’s a matter of security.”

Echo (0-4) will host the Tigers (1-2) in a District 4 special game at 3 p.m. on April 2.


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