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Pendleton dominates Crook County in Prineville 39-0; Cowboys will look to regroup against La Grande Friday

LON AUSTIN  - Ethan Lamphere, 22, and Palmer Smith, 11, pursuit Pendleton running back Gavin Clark during the Cowboys 39-0 loss at home Oct. 7.The Pendelton Buckaroos rode into Prineville Friday night and ran away with a 39-0 victory in Class 4A Special District Five football.

It was senior night for the Cowboys, who were outplayed from the opening snap, which the Cowboys fumbled, leading to the first Pendleton score of the night.

The Bucks, ranked sixth in the 4A classification and now 5-1 on the year, scored two touchdowns in each of the first three quarters, and cruised to the victory.

"We all made mistakes, I made mistakes," Crook County head coach Pard Smith told his team following the game. "The main thing is we have to stick together, so we can't blame, we can't complain and we can't defend. ... We got hit in the mouth and then I think we kind of cashed it in. We fumbled it and gave them a short field and a touchdown and after that it was just like a snowball rolling downhill."

After the Cowboys fumbled on their first play, the Bucks took four plays to score their first TD.  Andrew Demianew went motion then stopped under center took a direct snap and punched the ball in from the one-yard line. 

On their next possession, Crook County started on their own 31-yard line and quickly drove the ball to the Pendleton 45 before they were forced to punt. The punt was downed on the eight-yard line, pinning the Bucks deep. No matter. On the Buckaroo's next snap, Payton Lambert took the ball and cut to the right, then reversed field back to his left and raced down the field for a 60-yard gain. Four plays later, quarterback Jackson Davis hit Dylan Abrahamson with a 13-yard touchdown pass. Once again, Benito Jennings' kick was good and Pendleton led 14-0 with 3:53 still remaining in the first quarter.

The next two times Crook County got the ball they were quickly forced to punt, and each time Pendleton drove down the field for a quick score. First it was a 75-yard drive capped off by an 18-yard pass from Davis to Easton Corey. That was followed by a 71-yard drive that ended on a three-yard keeper by Davis. That kick was no good, but the Buckaroos still led 27-0 with 1:39 remaining in the first half.

After a Crook County first down, Cowboy quarterback Gavin Sandoval appeared to hit Luke Freauff across the middle for a big gain. Instead, Lambert took the ball away from Freauff and returned it to the 36-yard line. However, time expired in the first half before Pendleton could score again.

The second half was more of the same. The Buckaroos took the kickoff and immediately scored on a 70-yard run by Lambert. However, that play was called back due to a hold. That made no difference to the Buckaroos. They quickly converted on a third and long, then scored just minutes later on a 36-yard run by Lambert. The two-point attempt was no good, but Pendleton still led 33-0 with 8:18 remaining in the third quarter.

A pass interference call gave Crook County a first down on their next possession. Then, on second and 10, Gavin Sandoval dropped back to pass and hit Eddie Freauff in stride behind the Pendleton defense. However, Freauff was unable to hold on to the ball.

That was effectively the last good scoring opportunity the Cowboys would have.

Once again, the Cowboys punted, and once again Pendleton quickly scored. This time the Buckaroos overcame two holding penalties, but the Crook County defense was still unable to stop the Pendleton attack as Grant Clark scored on a 13-yard pass from Davis with just seconds remaining in the third quarter.

Neither team was able to score in the fourth quarter as Pendleton pitched the shut out.

"We have got to get better," Smith said following the game. "We didn't execute in any phase of the football game. Credit to them they are a good football team and we didn't have a good night. I think they had some speed and good football players, but then we didn't tackle either. Going in our plan was we were going to try to take away the stuff to the outside. We've seen on film that they like to get to the sideline, and I think we had the right game plan, but then we didn't have any answers when they ran the ball up the middle, or we were in good positions to make plays and we didn't make tackles."

Pendleton has outscored three Central Oregon opponents — Ridgeview, Madras and now Crook County — by a total of 130-12 since suffering its only loss of the season, a 49-14 pounding by Lewiston, Idaho, on Sept. 16.

With the loss, the Cowboys fell to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in conference play.The Cowboys are on the road next Friday when they take on a strong La Grande squad in a 7 p.m. game.

Pendleton 14 13 12 – 39

Crook County 0 0 0 0 – 0

P – One yard run by Andrew Demianew, Kick good by Benito Jennings

P – 13-yard pass from Jackson Davis to Dylan Abrahamson, Jennings kick good

P – Davis 18-yard pass to Easton Corey, Jennings kick good

P – Three-yard run by Davis, Jennings kick no good

P – 36-yard run by Payton Lambert, two-point conversion attempt failed.

P – 13-yard pass from Davis to Grant Clark, two-point conversion attempt failed.

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