News and Opinion from Sisters, Oregon

Outlaws trim the Eagles’ wings

The Outlaws were unstoppable in their 42-6 victory at home over Harrisburg on Friday, March 13.

Sisters’ offensive line dominated as they created holes for the runners and time for quarterback Griffin Gardner to throw. That made the Outlaws a dangerous threat the entire game.

The defense was able to clamp down on key plays which nearly shut out the Eagles.

Harrisburg started the contest with the ball, but quickly stalled and punted to the Outlaws who took over at their 45-yard line. After good runs by Hunter Spor, Hayden Sharp, and Adam Maddox-Castle, Riley Sellers scored on a corner play and the Outlaws took a 6-0 lead to close out the first quarter.

The Outlaws stopped the Eagles on fourth down at the 16-yard line. Maddox-Castle went 84 yards up the middle for the touchdown, and Spor ran up the middle for the two-point conversion.

After forcing a punt, Sisters hammered Spor up the middle. They caught the Eagles off guard with a counter to Wyatt Maffey for a 25-yard touchdown run and an extra point. The last scoring drive of the half started with an interception and run by Jamen Schwartz down to Harrisburg’s 32-yard line. Hayden Sharp had a couple hard outside runs and quarterback Gardner threw a beautiful 25-yard pass down the left sideline to Garrett Vohs for the score. The extra point was good and the Outlaws held the Eagles scoreless at 28-0 as teams entered the half.

In the third, Sisters scored on another big run. It looked as if Gardner had been stopped at the line of scrimmage, but he busted through the line and away from defenders for a 52-yard touchdown. Sisters scored once more in the quarter. Sharp, with the help of great blocking, took the ball 20 yards down the field to the Eagles five-yard line. Spor muscled his way into the end zone for the touchdown, and at the end of three, the Outlaws held a commanding 42-0 lead.

Harrisburg kept the ball on the ground in the final quarter, and scored on a quarterback run up the middle. The Outlaws reserves got some time on the field in the final minutes of the game. The offensive line paved the way for Easton Moore, who had an exciting 40-yard run up the middle. Time ran out on the clock and Sisters posted the 42-6 win.

Center Cam Wessel said, “We executed as a whole unit. Our counters went well and it seemed like every time we did it we got at least 20 yards. The first two times were 25 yards and a touchdown. We played with more cohesiveness and we were getting a lot more push.”

Coach Gary Thorson said, “Tonight we just tried to keep things as simple as we could, and we did a much better job of taking care of the football this time. I’m happy for the guys. They’re a hardworking group, and I think this team has a chance to get better every week going forward… I feel we have multiple weapons on offense, and when we execute, we’re pretty dang tough.”

The Outlaws will travel to Sweet Home on Friday, March 19.


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