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HERMISTON — Less than a week into the fall season, Adrian/Jordan Valley senior Wade Bond had one thing to say about the 2019 Antelopes: “We’re going all the way to the end.”

On Saturday, the ‘Lopes put their money where their mouth is, crushing rival Crane 74-18 to qualify for the 1A State Championship Game against St. Paul.

The Antelopes have been nearly unstoppable this season, raking up 70-plus points for the seventh time. The Antelopes’ lowest points scored this season came against Crane on Sept. 13 (42 points).

For the second week in a row, the Antelopes looked like they were in for a track meet, allowing Crane to score early on a breakaway run. But Adrian/Jordan Valley responded quickly, putting up 44-unanswered points.

Quarterback Conley Martin was hard to contain on Saturday afternoon. The sophomore completed 10 of 16 passes for 261 yards and three touchdowns. He also carried the ball 27 times for 185 yards and two more touchdowns.

Michael Babcock was also a force to be reckoned with for the Antelopes. The senior had 12 carries for 143 yards and three touchdowns, as well as five receptions for 224 yards and two more touchdowns.

Adrian/Jordan Valley piled up a total of 628 offensive yards.


For the entirety of the playoffs, the Antelopes have won the turnover battle. Against Hosanna Christian a week prior, Adrian/Jordan Valley forced nine turnovers while allowing none on offense. On Saturday against Crane, the ‘Lopes forced four turnovers (including an interception by Conley Martin and a pick six by Wade Bond).

Nik Streng is the sports reporter for the Argus Observer. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 2015 with a master's degree in journalism, after graduating from Pacific University in 2013 with a degree in creative writing.

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