CAMAS VALLEY — The Powder Valley Badgers rallied from a 16-point halftime deficit to pull even early in the fourth quarter of their 1A quarterfinal game against Camas Valley, but the Hornets responded with 20 straight points and held on for a 48-36 win over the Badgers Saturday afternoon.
Powder Valley was down 22-6 at halftime, but eventually pulled even at 28-28 on a touchdown catch by Dominick Grende early in the fourth quarter.
But the Hornets built their lead back up to 20 before the Badgers scored late for the final margin.
“They hit hard, they scouted us well, (and) they were a good ball club,” Badgers’ head coach Josh Cobb said. “I was super proud of the guys. We only have three seniors on the squad.”
Cobb added that he was pleased the team didn’t give in even when the outcome was determined.
“We scored with a minute and a half left to get it within 12. They never quit,” he said. “They’re a scrappy bunch of guys. Quit is not ever in their mindset. Wish we could have played another week.”
Even with the season ending in the quarterfinals, Cobb’s squad gained a wealth of postseason experience that will help a team made up mainly of underclassmen.
“We got a whole crew of sophomores and freshmen that play, and getting them playoff experience and winning a tight barnburner game (against Lowell last week) was huge,” Cobb said.
The Badgers’ season ends with a record of 7-4.