Pine-Eagle outguns Powder, 74-60

By GERRY STEELE, Baker City Herald November 03, 2008 03:45 pm

Pine-Eagle sophomore Kyle Dennis had  a career afternoon Friday, scoring seven touchdowns and rushing for 463 yards in the Spartans’ 74-60 Old Oregon League football season finale over Powder Valley at Halfway.

“I had to go back and recheck the numbers,” said Pine-Eagle coach Blake Dennis, Kyle’s father. “I knew Kyle had a good day, but I didn’t know he had those kind of numbers.”

The younger Dennis scored on runs of 30, 65, 28, 58, 61, 31, and 1 yard. He also threw a 35-yard halfback TD pass to Justice Walker.

“We had some good blocking and Kyle had a lot of big, long runs,” said Coach Dennis.

Pine-Eagle quarterback Jake Traw completed just two of 10 passes for 110 yards, but both completions went for touchdowns. Walker caught the first from 44 yards out. Trevor Durr collected the second from 66 yards away.

Pine-Eagle built a 24-16 lead after one period, and increased the margin to 54-30 at halftime. Powder Valley then outscored the Spartans 22-6 in the third period to cut the deficit to 60-52.

Defensively, Matt Tarter led Pine-Eagle with seven solo tackles, nine assists and a fumble recovery. Walker added five tackles and 11 assists; Dennis five tackles, five assists and a forced fumble; Richie Gonzalez two tackles and eight assists; and Jesse Lawrence four tackles and six assists.

“This was a good one for us to end on,” Coach Dennis said. “It was a battle to stay off the bottom rung in league play. We’ll use it as our focus to start next season.”