STEVENSVILLE — The Corvallis offense did what it does best Friday in a 50-0 win against Bitterroot Valley rival Stevensville — sustain drives and take care of the football.
The Blue Devils were also opportunistic when the Yellowjackets struggled on that very same front.
Stevensville turned the ball over six times, not including a handful of turnovers on downs, and Corvallis made the Yellowjackets pay nearly every time. Even as Corvallis built a 16-0 first-quarter lead 6 minutes into the game, the Yellowjackets didn't seem entirely overmatched.
But the game quickly started to snowball on Stevi.
"They get themselves down and it kind of compounds after that," Stevensville coach Troy Tack said after the Yellowjackets' homecoming game. "We had another pick-6 — we've had a pick-6 every game — those turnovers are killing us.
"Typically, we should match up pretty well with Corvallis, but they do have some extraordinary kids, so if you're going to give them turnovers, they're also going to move the ball on you."
That Corvallis avalanche really got going early in the second quarter.
Stevensville's first offensive play of the second quarter resulted in a Corvallis touchdown. Blue Devil linebacker Jakob Dalbey cut off a screen pass and went 26 yards the other way to give his squad a 24-0 lead after a Liange Liedle two-point run.
"That was a great play — to me, (Dalbey) is an all-state linebacker," Corvallis coach Clayton Curley said.
Corvallis' Hunter Pinheiro was in on the pressure that forced the errant pass, that may have otherwise been a big gain for the Yellowjackets.
One series later, Pinheiro was rewarded for his effort on the offensive end. The bruising, 210-pound back scored his 12th rushing touchdown on the year from 6 yards out to give the Blue Devils a 30-0 lead with 5:47 remaining in the half.
Pinheiro broke a pair of tackles and downright bulldozed his way into the end zone.
"He's a tough guy, he's a beast, he's what makes our option go," coach Curley said of his running back, who led the state in rushing yards and touchdowns before Friday's game, according to maxpreps.com.
The Blue Devils weren't done, though, as another Stevensville turnover — this one with 2:07 remaining in the first half — led to one more Corvallis score just before the break. Jaymark Liedle had the pick.
Jaymark's brother and Corvallis quarterback, Liang Liedle, finished the drive on the other end. Liang's 9-yard rushing touchdown with 3 seconds before halftime game Corvallis an insurmountable 36-0 lead that left the running clock on throughout the second half.
Liang finished with three rushing touchdowns and a pair of passing scores for Corvallis (1-2 in conference, 4-3 overall).
For Stevensville, the score overshadowed a gritty effort from Payten Davids, in at quarterback for an injured Garrison Bradt. Davids, a senior, was trying to rally his Yellowjackets (0-3, 2-5) post game.
Next week, Corvallis draws Dillon. Stevensville travels to Butte Central.