Gladstone takes down Estacada 24-8 for TVC crown
ESTACADA — From the penalties to the turnovers, it was clear that it was not Estacada's night, and Gladstone would take full advantage.
The Gladiators (5-3, 3-1 TVC) would hold Estacada (6-2, 3-1 TVC) to just eight points — their lowest output since 2014 — and hand the Rangers their first home loss since 2015, winning by a score of 24-8 on Friday night.
Estacada and Gladstone will be considered co-champions of the Tri-Valley League, but Gladstone will get the top seed out of the conference for the postseason since they won the head-to-head matchup.
"The biggest thing was our lack of rhythm offensively. Going into halftime, we knew we just missed some opportunities," Estacada head coach Andy Mott said. "We got behind the chains a couple times with a penalty or a blown assignment and it was really difficult to overcome."
Last season, the Estacada-Gladstone game also decided the conference champion, only last year it was Rangers that came out victorious with a 28-21 win. This season, revenge was obviously on the mind of the Gladiators, and they played like it in this one.
"We have had this game circled on our schedule since (Estacada) came to our place and beat us last year," Gladstone head coach Wayne Harris said. "They are a great team, but we had a great week of practice and that allowed us to play true Gladstone football tonight."
After both teams had long drives stall on fourth down in opposing territory, Gladstone would get the ball back late in the first quarter with the ball on their own 15-yard line. The Gladiators would get a pair of first downs to move the ball to the 40-yard line before running back Damian Alvarado broke through a hole and sprinted for a 60-yard score.
Gladstone would muff the snap on the extra point attempt, but the holder Tyler Carrier would sprint away from trouble and loft the ball in the end zone to an open Ben McCoy to give the Gladiators the two-point conversion and the 8-0 lead.
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