Cowboys can't stop the Rangers
The Crook County High School football team ran into a buzz saw on the road Friday as they fell 46-19 to the Estacada Rangers in Tri-Valley Conference football action.
"I'm super proud of our kids," Crook County head coach Ryan Cochran said. "Even though the score didn't show it, our kids battled hard."
For much of the game, the contest was closer than the final score would indicate.
When Triston Fischer carried the ball over the goal line from 6 yards out, the Cowboys trailed just 14-7 at the end of the first quarter.
After a 6-yard touchdown pass from Hogan Smith to Triston Fischer, the Cowboys trailed just 14-7 at the end of the first quarter. Crook County scored again in the second quarter, this time on a 2-yard pass from Smith to Fischer. The extra point failed, but the Cowboys trailed just 22-13 at the half.
The Cowboys scored again in the third quarter, this time on a 55-yard run by Smith. However, a bad snap on a punt attempt led to a short field for the Rangers, who scored 16 points in the quarter to open up a 38-13 lead.
Estacada struck again in the fourth quarter to run the final score to 46-19.
"Our kids came out the second half and battled extremely hard," Cochran said. "Some younger guys had to jump in because of some injuries, and they did a great job. Some of our older guys battled through injuries but kept rolling."
It was one of the better offensive games this year for the Cowboys, who finished with 281 yards of offense, including 234 yards rushing and 47 yards passing. Smith was 5-15 passing for 47 yards, but he carried the ball 28 times for 171 yards. Fischer added 10 carries for 35 yards while Trevyn Smith had five carries for 15 yards.
Trevyn Smith led the Cowboy receiving core with four catches for 45 yards.
Despite the Cowboy success on the ground, it was the Rangers who dominated the line of scrimmage. Estacada played power football all night, running both a veer option and full house backfield during the course of the game.
With the loss, the Cowboys dropped to 3-2 on the year and finished in third place in the league. Meanwhile, Estacada improved to 4-1 and finished in second place. With a 32-6 win over Madras on Friday, the Gladstone Gladiators clinched the league championship.
Gladstone will play a playoff game against one of the three other league champions next Friday. Meanwhile, the Cowboys have one more game, a non-league matchup against the Henley Hornets, 2-2, Friday night at Ward Rhoden Stadium in Prineville. Game time is 7 p.m.
Crook County 7 6 6 0 – 19
Estacada 14 8 16 8 – 46
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