PREP FOOTBALL: Falls City to host Echo in first round

FALLS CITY — Falls City football coach Laric Cook had been waiting for his players to put it all together.

He got his wish Friday night.

The Mountaineers defeated North Douglas 60-0 to earn the Special District 3’s top seed in the state playoffs.

“We played our best football game of the year,” Cook said. “That’s what you hope to be doing this time of year. Our line just paved the way for our backs. There are a couple of penalties we have to clean up, but I was pleased with our tempo.”

The sixth-seeded Mountaineers will host No. 11 Echo in the first round of the 1A state playoffs Friday at 7 p.m.

Echo enters the game with a 7-2 record overall and a 4-1 mark in Special District 1 play.

“They run a lot of I option” Cook said. “They run a 4-3 defense. They like to run it, run it and run it. They make you respect the quarterback and stay disciplined. If you do all those things, they pitch it to a guy that’s pretty doggone fast. We are going to have to make tackles in space.”

The winner advances to face the winner of No. 14 Cove vs. No. 3 Camas Valley on Nov. 10 in the quarterfinals.

“Hopefully we can continue and win four more ball games,” Cook said. “That would have us hoisting the trophy at the end, but we’ll take her one week at a time, and we know we can’t look past anybody because these are the 16 best teams in the state.”


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