NORTH POWDER In a matchup of two rebuilding teams, Dufur broke an 8-8 halftime tie with 28 second-half points on the way to handing Powder Valley a 36-8 non-league football loss Friday.

Powder Valley also was hurt by four lost fumbles and an interception.

andquot;So many moments of good football, and so many moments of bad football,andquot; said Powder coach Skye Flanagan. andquot;It's a consistency thing.

andquot;We have made some vast improvements in a lot of areas. But we're still making mistakes at key times.

andquot;I still think these kids will see that if they start trusting what we're trying to tell them they'll get better,andquot; Flanagan said.

Vale shuts out Baker

VALE In any sport when two heavyweights go head to head one eventually has to lose. Friday, at Vale, Baker's inconsistency on offense was all Vale needed to hand the Bulldogs (3-1) a 13-0 non-league loss.

andquot;We didn't make the plays when we needed to,andquot; said Baker coach Dave Johnson. andquot;Defensively, we played well enough to win. We weren't as prepared as we should have been, and that's my fault.andquot;

Johnson gave credit to Vale (3-0), the Class 2A top-ranked team in Oregon.

andquot;They're a good football team,andquot; he said. andquot;This game was just basically a one-touchdown game.andquot;

Vale scored the game's first touchdown with 3:31 left in the first half on a run by Beau Mooney. The Vikings led 7-0 at halftime.

The score remained 7-0 until 1:57 was left in the game. Mooney then scored his second touchdown after Baker was stopped on fourth down deep in its own territory.

Wallowa beats Pine-Eagle

WALLOWA Wallowa used some long-range artillery to hammer Pine-Eagle 58-16 Friday in the Old Oregon League football opener for both teams.

The Cougars scored on five plays of 49 yards or longer in the rout.

andquot;It was just a bad day all around for us,andquot; said Pine-Eagle coach Blake Dennis. andquot;I hope it was a turning point because it couldn't have got much worse.andquot;

Cross-country competes in Idaho

EAGLE, Idaho Baker's cross-country teams fared very well at the annual Bob Firman Invitational meet Saturday at Eagle Island State Park.

The Baker girls finished fourth, and the boys ninth at the large meet.

Baker's top girls finisher was Katelyn Anderson, placing ninth in a time of 21:35. Kirsten Brookshire, who earned runner of the meet honors, placed 21st, Linea Bruno 22nd, Alexa Servid 23rd, Trina Bruno 24th, Sara Jury 30th, and Megan Brookshire 36th. Trina Bruno was named practice runner of the week.

Baker top boys placer was Sam Baxter, taking 34th in a time of 19:42. He earned runner of the meet honors for his efforts. Zack Baxter was 35th, Peter Vergari 50th, Jon Henry 59th and Nick Magill 73rd. Magill was practice runner of the week.