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Grant Union crushes Union, clenches Wapiti football title

Grant Union hosts Central Linn Saturday at 1 p.m. for first round state playoff.
Angel Carpenter

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on October 31, 2017 4:26PM

Grant Union Prospector football team seniors sit on the Whiskey Gulch Gang’s signature vehicle, along with the cannon the group uses to signal touchdowns at Three Flags Field in John Day. From left, Duane Stokes (back), Wade Reimers, Cauy Weaver (front), Hadley Boethin, Toby Boatwright, Eli Carniglia, Cameron Hallgarth, Zack Deiter, Elijah Humbird, Ty McDaniel and Dillon Maley.

File photo/Elizabeth Shelley

Grant Union Prospector football team seniors sit on the Whiskey Gulch Gang’s signature vehicle, along with the cannon the group uses to signal touchdowns at Three Flags Field in John Day. From left, Duane Stokes (back), Wade Reimers, Cauy Weaver (front), Hadley Boethin, Toby Boatwright, Eli Carniglia, Cameron Hallgarth, Zack Deiter, Elijah Humbird, Ty McDaniel and Dillon Maley.

Duane Stokes carries the ball for Grant Union in the Oct. 20 game against Enterprise. The team beat Union Friday to sweep the Wapiti League.

File photo/Elizabeth Shelley

Duane Stokes carries the ball for Grant Union in the Oct. 20 game against Enterprise. The team beat Union Friday to sweep the Wapiti League.

Cameron Hallgarth (28) leads the way for Zack Deiter in Grant Union’s game against Enterprise Oct. 20. Grant Union enters the playoffs ranked No. 4 among 2A teams.

File photo/Elizabeth Shelley

Cameron Hallgarth (28) leads the way for Zack Deiter in Grant Union’s game against Enterprise Oct. 20. Grant Union enters the playoffs ranked No. 4 among 2A teams.


The Prospectors became 2A-6 Wapiti League champions for a second consecutive year after Friday’s 56-0 shutout victory over the Union Bobcats.

The Grant Union Prospectors will now host the Central Linn Cobras at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, in John Day for the first round of the Oregon School Activities Association State Championships.

“I am proud of the team and the great season that we have had thus far,” said Prospector head coach Jason Miller. “They have worked hard for this.”

In Union Friday, all scoring action occurred in the first half, in the Prospectors’ favor, and the clock started ticking down in the third for the mercy rule.

Younger Prospectors were subbed in for the second half.

Grant Union overran Union with 324 rushing yards, while holding Union to 67.

Grant Union also had 170 passing yards to Union’s six, the Prospectors averaging 24.3 yards per pass.

The Prospectors have 11 seniors on the team this season.

Grant Union is ranked fourth in state by OSAA, and they finished the regular season with a 7-1 overall record, losing only to 3A Burns in nonleague action.

Central Linn, with seven seniors, is ranked No. 13, finishing the regular season with a 3-6 overall record and 1-3 in the 2A-2 Tri-River Conference.





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