Wallowa High School sophomore Freddy DeVore Friday night put his name in the scoring books for the first time since he joined the team last year. The 5-11 175-pound tight end caught an amazing 61-yard pass from quarterback Gus Ramsden in Friday’s game against Powder Valley.
It was the team’s second game of the season, a 60-0 drubbing of the Badgers at home. The pass was Ramsden’s only successful effort in the air for the evening on three attempts.
DeVore’s TD was preceded by an 80-yard run by senior Austin Brockamp to open the Cougar’s assault on a hapless Powder Valley squad.
“Freddy played last year as a freshman and he worked hard all summer, getting bigger and stronger and becoming our starting tight-end,” said coach Matt Brockamp.
Ramsden played a role in each of the four TDs Wallowa scored in the second quarter, with an eight-yard run, a 66-yard run, a 40-yard run and a 30-yard interception return. In addition to the 61 yards passing, Ramsden tallied 143 yards rushing and added two tackles and six assists on defense.
The final scoring efforts –– one in the third and another in the fourth quarter –– came on a one-yard run by Zeb Ramsden and a five-yard run by senior Tristin Bales.
Wallowa was a yard short of 500 advancing the ball for the evening. Powder Valley had 13 yards passing and a negative 34 yards rushing.
Austin Brockamp led the rushing game for Wallowa with 166 yards, Zeb Ramsden added 95 yards on three carries.
Coach Brockamp said it was encouraging to have a win to pair with the team’s opening game loss against St. Paul. He lauded Gus Ramsden’s domination of the football field.
“He was fired up and ready to play,” he said.
A total of 21 penalties were called in the game, 10 on Wallowa alone. Coach Brockamp attributed the plethora of calls to “overzealous” refereeing. At several points early in the game, Wallowa fans could be heard yelling “let the kids play the game.”
The Badgers won their opening game of the season against Ione.
Pilot Rock/Nixyaawii has emerged as the top team in 1A-SD3 Special District 3 action. Wallowa, Elgin, Imbler, Dufur and Crane are all 1-0 in league play.
Next up for the Cougars is a run at the Elgin Huskies Friday evening in Elgin. The game is the shortest distance Wallowa will travel this season and renews a long-standing rivalry between the two schools.
Elgin has two players well over 6-0; however, Wallowa’s gridiron athletes are generally heavier and more experienced.
The last meeting between the two schools recorded in the Chieftain archives was in November 2013. Wallowa played Elgin the last game of the season, falling 58-0. The Cougars, under coach Bill Robb, did not win a single game that season.