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Grant Union shuts out Central Linn in first round rout

Grant Union advances to quarterfinals after 52-0 win over Central Linn.
Angel Carpenter

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on November 7, 2017 4:57PM

Grant Union linebacker Dillon Maley pounces on a ball fumbled by Central Linn’s Chase Barnes in Saturday’s round one matchup in the state playoffs.

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Grant Union linebacker Dillon Maley pounces on a ball fumbled by Central Linn’s Chase Barnes in Saturday’s round one matchup in the state playoffs.

Grant Union Prospector Kellen Shelley runs for a touchdown with Logan McCluskey’s block during Saturday’s state playoff game in John Day against Central Linn.

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Grant Union Prospector Kellen Shelley runs for a touchdown with Logan McCluskey’s block during Saturday’s state playoff game in John Day against Central Linn.

Grant Union Prospector quarterback Wade Reimers finds space to run with help from teammates in Saturday’s state playoff game against Central Linn.

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Grant Union Prospector quarterback Wade Reimers finds space to run with help from teammates in Saturday’s state playoff game against Central Linn.

Grant Union Prospector running back Cameron Hallgarth approaches the goal line with Central Linn’s Caleb Day following.

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Grant Union Prospector running back Cameron Hallgarth approaches the goal line with Central Linn’s Caleb Day following.

Grant Union Prospector receiver Duane Stokes makes a catch and hangs on while tackled by Central Linn Cobra Cameron McKee.

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Grant Union Prospector receiver Duane Stokes makes a catch and hangs on while tackled by Central Linn Cobra Cameron McKee.


Grant Union’s Duane Stokes started Saturday’s first-round playoff win with a bang for the Prospectors, scoring on the first kickoff return in the 52-0 shutout of the Central Linn Cobras.

Grant Union head coach Jason Miller said his team blocked well on the play, but added sometimes an early return like that can mean “the kiss of death.”

“That was true for the first quarter and a half, where we couldn’t move the ball very well,” he said.

Grant Union ended the first quarter 8-0.

The Prospectors added 14 more to the scoreboard, and with just a minute and a half left in the second, Central Linn turned the ball over and Grant Union scored, leading 28-0 at the half.

“The third quarter, we moved the ball easier, continued stopping them on ‘D’ and ended up 52-0,” Miller said. “Defense played lights out — they played well.”

Stokes said the game was a little rough, but they got the job done.

“If we keep working hard and keep our eyes on the prize, we should be able to go all the way,” he said.

Grant Union linebacker Elijah Humbird said he was pleased with the game.

“Our defense did really well, holding them to zero,” he said. “Hopefully, it carries on to this week, and I’m feeling very excited.”

Grant Union racked up 240 rushing yards, averaging 6.7 yards per carry, while Central Linn had 105 rushing yards, 2.8 per carry.

In passing, the Grant Union had 158 yards, averaging 12.2 per pass, to their opponents’ 37.

Grant Union lost two fumbles and Central Linn lost one. The Prospectors were 75 percent on their fourth-down efficiency.

Now Grant Union — 8-1, its only loss coming to 3A Burns — prepares to face a more evenly matched team. The fourth-ranked Prospectors will host the fifth-ranked Santiam Wolverines at 1 p.m. Saturday in John Day.

Santiam shutout 12th-ranked Reedsport 47-0 Saturday to move to the quarterfinals. Santiam is 9-1, its only loss coming to No. 1-ranked St. Paul, which is still undefeated after a 46-13 win over Lost River Saturday.

St. Paul will play eighth-ranked Heppner in the quarterfinals, the winner taking on the winner of the Grant Union-Santiam matchup in the semifinals the following week before the championship game Nov. 25.

On the other side of the bracket, second-ranked Monroe/Triangle Lake will play 10th-ranked Kennedy, and third-ranked Knappa will play 11th-ranked Oakland in the quarterfinals.

In preparation for Saturday’s game, Miller said they will continue to work on the fundamentals and make sure they’re getting good reads.

“They (Santiam) do a really good job at play action — they’ll fake the run, throw the ball over the top — so we’ll have to make sure we’re disciplined in our approach, and just little things, like in the last game, not turning the ball over — that killed us — and finishing blocks to the whistles.”









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