Photo by Ray Rodriguez
South Wasco County football players, from left to right, Garrett Olson, Marshall Bell and Zane Malefyt gave the Redsides the surge needed to pull off a six-man district crossover win over Eddyville Charter Saturday in Madras. Malefyt, a senior lineman, posted a quarterback sack and had a reception in the Redsides’ seventh win of the season. SWC scored 467 points and allowed 147 in nine games (7-2).
As of Tuesday, October 30, 2018
MADRAS – South Wasco County senior Zane Malefyt called his final year of high school football one of the most memorable.
The Redsides finished with a 7-2 record and capped their six-man campaign with a 65-13 blowout win over Eddyville charter Saturday in Madras.
“This season was a blast,” Malefyt said. “We had a lot of great games and really put it all together this year. It was an honor to play with these guys. They have so much potential in the future and I can’t wait to come back and watch them realize their potential.”
Ahead by a 32-13 margin at the half, South Wasco County changed the momentum in the game with four touchdowns in a span of three minutes and two seconds to invoke the 45-point running clock.
Jesse Scovell started the scoring with a 74-yard kickoff return to make it 38-13 with 9:45 left in the third quarter.
Garrett Olson recovered an Eddyville Charter fumble on the ensuing kickoff, and one play later, Olson connected with Scovell for a 39-yard touchdown pass to run the lead up to 45-13.
The Eagles ran three plays on their next drive, but Eli Malefyt recovered a fumble on the fourth play, giving SWC possession at the 45-yard line.
Bobby Kately took advantage for the Redsides, as he scooted 55 yards to the end zone, giving his squad a 52-13 cushion.
On the next kickoff, Marshall Bell forced a fumble and Dalton Burgener recovered the loose ball, which set up a one-play drive, capped by a 55-yard touchdown pass from Olson to Brunson.
With 6:59 left in the game, Olson hit an open Timo Hisatake for 18 yards to make it 65-13.
“Our offense has the ability to score anywhere on the field,” SWC head coach Mike Waine said. “When the guys are executing like they can, we can be a dangerous offense to stop. We had so many guys come in and contribute, so it shows a little bit of our balance. That is always a great thing to see.”
In the first half, Brock Lafaver tossed three touchdown passes, Zane Malefyt and Brunson hauled one scoring pass apiece, and Olson tacked on two receiving touchdowns, a scoring rush and a touchdown pass to give South Wasco County a 32-13 halftime advantage over Eddyville Charter.
With time running out in the second quarter and Eddyville Charter on the SWC 4-yard line, Redside defender Bobby Kately picked up a quarterback sack to end the half.
Olson finished with four touchdown passes, two touchdown receptions and added a rushing score. Brock Lafaver finished with three first-half touchdowns.
Defensively, the Redsides held the Eagles to 194 yards, 131 on two long scoring plays, and forced 10 negative plays. SWC adds two sacks and three fumbles.
Olson had a forced fumble and a recovery, and Brunson and Bell forced a fumble each.
The duo of Eli Malefyt and Burgener each recovered fumbles, and Kately and Zane Malefyt also had quarterback sacks.
“Our defense played the best they have all season,” Waine said. “They were making the hits and they were swarming all over the field.”
With the success of the inaugural pilot program, introducing six-man football to Oregon, there is hopes of more teams dropping down to play, which would further expand the leagues and set up a possible playoff format.
Zane Malefyt thinks this is going to be the wave of the future.
“It was a good first year of six-man football,” Zane Malefyt said. “I am glad we got the chance to play. I was a little skeptical about it, but the more we got used to it and the more successful we were, it just made this year special. We have so many guys coming back next year that will be even better than they were this season, so as long as they can stay together and keep working hard, they can win more games.”