ADRIAN — The Adrian/Jordan Valley football team was all business on Friday night, dispatching visiting Butte Falls/Crater Lake Charter 70-0 in a game with a running clock for the entire second half.
The win lifts the Antelopes to 10-0 on the season and advances them to the state quarterfinals.
The outcome of the game was never a question, as the Antelopes opened the game with a quick two-play drive ending on a 64-yard touchdown. On the ensuing Butte Falls/Crater Lake drive, a fumble gave the Antelopes the ball back, which led to a touchdown two players later. After just one minute of game time, the Antelopes led 16-0 (including two two-point conversions).
Adrian/Jordan Valley quarterback Conley Martin was unstoppable on Friday night. The sophomore completed eight of 10 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns. He also carried the ball eight times for 134 yards and five touchdowns.
Martin said his personal success on the field is the product of how well the team is playing as a unit.
“It’s everyone,” Martin said. “We’re just playing like a team this year. Our line is really strong and we have a lot more consistency.”
Wortman also said the strong Adrian/Jordan Valley line has been a major part of their success this year, anchored by players like Wes Bayes, Don Youren, Logan Vickers and Kort Skinner.
“He’s got a great O-line in front of him,” Wortman said. “Other teams have to focus on four different players and it opens it up for him. He is so quick and he can make anyone miss. It’s pretty great.”
Antelopes running back Michael Babcock had 12 carries for 179 yards and two touchdowns. Martin and Babcock are just two of the Antelopes’ major weapons on offense. Seniors Wade Bond and Kort Skinner were hard to stop in the passing game on Friday. Bond, who has previously played running back and quarterback with the Antelopes, had four catches for 115 yards and two touchdowns. Skinner had four catches for 59 yards.
“We’ve just got good players with a lot of team speed,” Wortman said. “We’ve got fast players.”
And speed was the key on Friday, as the Loggers came in with several players who towered over the Adrian/Jordan Valley players. But the Antelopes’ speed was too much for the visitors.
The Antelopes will be hosting Hosanna Christian in the state quarterfinals. Most of the Adrian/Jordan Valley players still remember the 46-36 season-ending loss the Antelopes suffered last fall at Hosanna Christian.
“We’ve got a challenge ahead of us,” Wortman said. “It’s going to be a battle. We need to get back to work on Monday.”
Martin said the Antelopes were hoping to get a rematch with the Lions again in the state tournament.
“Oh, we’re excited,” he said. “We’re ready to play.”