UMATILLA, Ore. - Last week's bye gave Mac-Hi two weeks to prepare for Friday night's non-league prep football game here against Umatilla, and it apparently did wonders for the Pioneers.
Mac-Hi put up points in every quarter and tamed the Vikings 24-6 for its first victory of the season.
"With two weeks off we went back to the basics," Mac-Hi coach Chuck Pease said. "And it really paid off.
"I'm really proud of the way the boys stepped up to the plate and finished the game. There was a noticeable difference in our approach. It was a hard-hitting game and the effort put forth was a total team effort."
Jake Morris and Nathan Dombrosky delivered a potent 1-2 punch for Mac-Hi in the running game.
Morris carried the ball 11 times for 131 yards and had touchdown runs of 49 yards in the first quarter and 2 yards in the fourth. Dombrosky garnered 126 yards on 13 trips and scored the Pioneers' first touchdown with a 75-yard gallop in the first quarter.
The defense also contributed to the scoring for Mac-Hi when Chase Copenhavor picked off a Umatilla pass and returned it 32 yards for a touchdown in the third period.
Umatilla also posted its only score in the third quarter on a 1-yard run by Emanual Chavez.
Neither team was able to get into the end zone on conversion tries. Mac-Hi missed one PAT kick and had three two-point runs stymied while a Vikings' two-point pass fell incomplete following their TD.
Copenhavor, the Pioneers' quarterback, completed 5-of-9 passes for 62 yards and had one pass intercepted. Travis Hodgen was on the receiving end of two passes for 12 yards while Morris, Troy Kessler and Patrick Sheets each caught one pass. Morris' catch was good for 30 yards.
Next up for the Pioneers is a Friday night non-league home date with Medical Lake, Wash. Mac-Hi opens Greater Oregon League play the following week against Baker, also at Shockman Field in Milton-Freewater.
"Our schedule is pretty tough all the way through," Pease said. "Medical Lake will be a tough game and Baker is the defending (Class 4A) state champion."
Umatilla, which like Mac-Hi now stands at 1-3 for the season, travels to Burns Friday for its next contest.
Mac-Hi 24, Umatilla 6
Mac-Hi 6 6 6 6 - 24
Umatilla 0 0 6 0 - 6
Mac-Hi - Dombrosky 75 run (kick failed).
Mac-Hi - Morris 49 run (run failed).
Mac-Hi - Copenhavor 32 pass interception return (run failed).
Uma - Chavez 1 run (pass failed).
Mac-Hi - Morris 2 run (run failed).