Grant Union battles Burns

Grant Union’s Brent Labhart scored a touchdown for the Prospectors in the first seconds of last Friday’s game.

JOHN DAY – In the first 17 seconds of the game, senior Brent Labhart scored a touchdown for the Grant Union High School football team.

Unfortunately, it was the only one of the evening for the Prospectors last Friday, Oct. 22, as they faced the powerful Burns Hilanders at Three Flags Field. Burns won the game 46-6.

Grant Union head coach Jason Miller was impressed with his team’s first quarter, which included Labhart’s 67-yard pass reception from quarterback Kyler Deiter.

“Once again, our kids played hard,” Miller said. “I was very happy with our first quarter of play. We did not capitalize on some early opportunities to put the ball in the end zone.”

“Austin Brown (a senior) had a breakout game with some key tackles and fumble recoveries.  Kyler Deiter (a junior) had a much-improved game at defensive end as well,” said Miller. He also lauded Brent Labhart, who had “some key pass breakups and an interception.”

Miller complimented the Burns team, which he described as “a physical and skilled team.”

With just two weeks left in the regular season, the Hilanders are currently at the top of the Eastern Oregon League, with a 3-0 conference record. The team is also No. 14 in the Oregon State Activities Association power rankings.

Grant Union, now 1-2 and No. 4 in the league, is No. 25 on the OSAA listing.

The Prospectors go on to play Nyssa this Friday, Oct. 29. The game is set for 7 p.m. MST.

Nyssa is No. 3 in league, with a 2-1 record so far. The Bulldogs are No. 30 on the OSAA rankings.

“The game with Nyssa should be a good battle.  If we play as hard as we did against Vale and Burns and improve our execution, we will win,” said Miller.

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