ENTERPRISE, Ore. — A defensive struggle at halftime found the McLoughlin Pioneers in a scoreless tie with the Enterprise Outlaws here in nonconference football Friday night.
The Pioneers drew blood first, scoring a touchdown in the third, but Enterprise scored 18 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to hand Mac-Hi its first loss of the season, 18-7.
Mac-Hi quarterback Chase Copenhaver was instrumental in the Pioneers’ scoring drive, causing a fumble while playing safety to start the possession and scoring on a four-yard run to take a 7-0 lead.
But the speedy Copenhaver was knocked out of the game with an ankle injury after completing a 32-yard run during Mac-Hi’s next possession and things went downhill from there for the Pioneers.
Without their starting quarterback and team leader, the Pioneers drive stalled and offense sputtered the rest of the game.
Copenhaver had two sacks, 82 rushing and 50 passing yards before leaving the game. He is the latest in a series of injuries for the Pioneers, including linemen Beau Birdwell and Robert Burton, who were out for the game. Running back Jeffery Jones was also out with an undisclosed injury.
“The kids that were out there played hard and with a ton of heart,” Mac-Hi coach Tim Hutchison said. “The score indicates that we lost but it doesn’t show how well the younger kids played. We do have a lot of the underclassmen to play.”
D-lineman Jacob Podolski exploded for three sacks in the loss to add to Copehaver’s pair and fellow lineman Aaron Lefore’s two sacks.
“Those two key linemen had the sacks and multiple tackles for losses,” Hutchison said.
“We should be 3-0 but we’re 2-1 and we have a bye week to get healthy before playing at Vale in two weeks.”
The Pioneers will then host four home games in October, including three Greater Oregon League matchups.
Enterprise 18, Mac-Hi 8
Ent 0 0 0 18 — 18
Mac 0 0 7 0 — 7
First downs 8 10
Rushes 24-100 37-92
Passes/int 5-10-1 5-15
Passing yards 63 15
Fumbles-lost 1-1 1-1