Grant Union 47, Union 0
JOHN DAY - Homecoming 2002 turned out to be a happy one for Grant Union High School football fans as the Prospectors sent a large and enthusiastic crowd home in a happy mood by simply out-classing Union 47-0 in Wapiti League action on Friday, Oct. 18.
The victory lifted the Prospectors' season record to 4-1 in league games and sets up a showdown with Nyssa, which was a 12-0 winner over Imbler on Friday. The Pros and Bulldogs will play for the Wapiti League championship Friday, Oct. 25.
Grant Union rolled up 330 yards in total offense in less than three quarters against the young Bobcats, and the game was called at the 5:59 mark of the third period on the 45-point rule.
"When you score as fast as we did tonight, it's kind of hard to keep the players' intensity up," Grant Union coach Monty Nash said.
The Prospectors scored at will in the first quarter, putting 27 points on the board to take a commanding lead. Brandon Hueckman scored on runs of 9 and 36 yards, Cody Frazier had a run of 3 yards for a touchdown and Geoff Brown hauled in a 6-yard scoring pass from Trevor Simmons to account for the first-quarter point total.
"Brandon and Cody ran hard, and when the varsity offense was in the game, they executed well," Nash said.
In the second quarter, Frazier scored his second touchdown on a 6-yard run, and Bo Thunell took the ball in the end zone from 14 yards out on a quarterback scramble to make the score 41-0 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Nash left the junior varsity players in the game, and Union was never able to run a play on offense. Quarterback Austin Rawlins directed a 67-yard drive and Justin Bartlett ended the game with a 4-yard run.
Nash said despite having a young team, Union did some good things against the Prospectors.
Hueckman led the Prospectors' rushing attack with 132 yards on four carries. Frazier had four carries for 45 yards, and Bo Thunell carried the ball six times for 41 yards.
Simmons was 5-of-5 in passing for 83 yards and Taylor Schmadeka caught three balls for 60 yards.
Tim McReynolds led Union with 73 yards on 11 carries.
"On Friday, we have the opportunity to win the championship, and that's all we asked for, was a chance," Nash said. "Now we have the opportunity."
Kickoff for the game against Nyssa is at 7 p.m. at Three Flags Field in John Day.