Pros leash Huskies in 49-0 rout in John Day

<p>Prospector Kody Nelson, No. 10, returns a punt to score in the shutout game.</p>


JOHN DAY – The Grant Union High School Prospectors came out strong Friday night against the 0-1 Elgin Huskies, rolling to a 49-0 win in their first 2A conference matchup.

The win put the Pros at 3-0 on the season.

The Huskies’ young offense, seeming flustered by the defensive pressure exerted by the Pros, allowed two sacks by the Grant Union defensive line in the first quarter.

Pressure on the pocket made it difficult for Elgin’s quarterback to throw the ball. The Huskies’ first two pass attempts were picked off by Prospector Josh Whitman and returned to the red zone, in scoring territory.

The Prospector offense kept up the pressure, with Lane Williams scoring on a long run up the sideline, and Kody Nelson scoring the next series.

The tough Grant Union offense had seven players putting points on the board. In addition to Williams and Nelson, Jordan Ackerman, Rayce Houser, Garrett McConnell, and David DesJardin scored touchdowns, with Trent Sohr tacking on the extra points.

Meanwhile, the Prospector defense refused to yield any ground throughout the night and helped Grant Union come away with their second consecutive shutout this season, following a 61-0 over nonconference foe Culver.

Aside from an off-sides penalty on a kickoff, the Pros were nearly perfect on special teams last week, an improvement over previous games. Asked about the change, Prospector coach Jason Miller said that every practice during the week puts the focus on a special team.

“What a lot of people don’t realize is that special teams are a third of the game,” he said.

The repetition clearly paid off last Friday. As the Huskies gear up for Stanfield next Friday, the Pros are preparing for another home league game, this time hosting Weston-McEwen of Athena.

Miller said Weston-McEwen is a stronger team than the Pros have faced in earlier games this season, and his players will need to come prepared to play.

What will it take to win?

“Winning the turnover battle and controlling the ball,” Miller said.

The Prospectors host the Tigerscots at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at Three Flags Field.

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