Joseph High School football team finished its inaugural season in a six-man football season undefeated.
The last game of the season –– a de facto state championship since none will be crowned in the experimental league –– was a 64-31 drubbing of McKenzie River High School in Vida, Ore., Oct. 27. The game was played in Madras, Ore.
It was McKenzie’s second loss on the season.
Joseph tallied 381 yards on 33 rushing plays and scored six touchdowns.
Tyler Homan led the charge with 19 rushes for 288 yards and had his hand print on most of the team’s touchdowns. He also completed a 23-yard pass and added two punts for 40 and 57 yards.
Trey Wandschneider had three rushing plays for 29 yards and caught three passes for a total of 78 yards. Guylen Snyder ran for 56 yards and Steven Beckman added six yards to the 475 total yards.
The team also did well passing, completing six of 11 tries for 94 yards.
Carson Littlepage hit his stride as a kicker, including two conversion point-after kicks.
McKenzie had 78 yards passing and 364 yards rushing in the game.
Wandschneider and TJ Grote led the defense for the Eagles. Wandschneider had 7.5 tackles –– four for losses –– and Grote had 6.5 tackles. Snyder pitched in for 8.5 tackles, Homan had 8, Kade Kilgore 4, Jonah Staigle and Hayden Hite 3 each, Beckman and Littlepage 2.5 each.
Joseph was the only undefeated squad in the 15-team league. The Eagles will play again next year in the six-man division and then a decision will be made by Oregon State Activities Association as to whether to keep it permanently.