Elkton rejoined the ranks of the undefeated in 1A football and the Elks have another target on their back as a result.
While Elkton lost on the field to Triangle Lake 68-38, the Lakers had to subsequently forfeit their three season-opening victories due to an ineligible player.
“We got a gift,” EHS coach Bill Shaw said. “Unfortunately for Triangle Lake, it cost them a league game. No one is trying to cheat, it’s just an unfortunate thing.”
The forfeit win put the Elks back in the OSAA’s top five, at No. 5, with Glendale coming to Saladen Field Friday afternoon for the Special District 2 West opener for both teams.
The Pirates (1-2) and Elks (3-0) hooked up in a shootout in 2015, a game that Elkton rallied to win 68-64.
“I’m concerned for this week, and how we take care of the ball,” Shaw said, pointing to four lost kickoffs and other turnovers that fueled Triangle Lake’s scoring spree last week. “Glendale has Bryan Corbett, and he ran all over us for a long time last season, so I’m a little concerned about him, too.”
Elkton has played from behind all season, allowing Yoncalla and Mapleton to get two-score leads before the Elks got untracked. Triangle Lake led 24-0 before Elkton responded last week.
“We can’t give someone that big a cushion and expect to win,” Shaw said. “We have to be ready to play good, hard football from the start.”
With the forfeit, the Elks have won as many games this season as they did in the previous two seasons combined.
Elsewhere in eight-man football:
DAYS CREEK (2-1) at POWERS (3-0) — The Wolves fell to Powers 42-24 last season a week after they knocked off Camas Valley, and this year’s version of the Cruisers may be even better. Powers is the top-ranked team in 1A. Days Creek is ranked No. 13 and hopes to have Kameron Stever back in the lineup for the game. Stever missed the past two games with a concussion suffered in the season opener. Powers was untested last week, receiving a forfeit win from Gilchrist, so the Cruisers have had two weeks to heal and prepare for this game.
LOWELL (3-0) at NORTH DOUGLAS (2-1) — A year ago the Warriors picked up a defensive-dominated 20-14 victory over Lowell, ending the Red Devils’ reign over Special District 3 East. Third-ranked Lowell won’t be caught overlooking the Warriors this season. The Red Devils average 66.7 points a game, but their lone quality win is over Perrydale (2-1). N.D., ranked No. 11, decked McKenzie in its league opener last week.
PROSPECT (2-0) AT CAMAS VALLEY (3-0) — The Hornets open Special District 2 West play Saturday against the Cougars, back in the division this season after being in the East in 2015. No. 16 Prospect was 2-7 last season and lost its final six games. No. 10 C.V. hasn’t ducked any opponents, going 2-0 in games against teams it lost to in 2015. The teams did not meet in 2015.
YONCALLA (1-2) at MCKENZIE (1-2) — Yoncalla ended a three-game losing streak last week as Ted Wickman compiled 438 yards of total offense and accounted for seven TDs rushing or passing. That got Yoncalla headed in the right direction in Special District 3 East, and it can keep going that direction with a win in Blue River. McKenzie has lost its last two games, including a 66-30 loss to North Douglas.
RIDDLE (1-2) at ELGIN (2-1) — Both teams are playing independent schedules this season. The Irish have had a tough time of it since defeating Glendale in their season-opener, although Charles Hardage continues to shine. Hardage ran for 312 yards and two scores last week and could eclipse 1,000 for the season with another 200-plus yard game this week. Elgin has defeated Cove (1-2) and Pine Eagle (1-2) by a combined score of 76-32; between those wins is a 30-14 loss to Arlington (2-0).