A key defensive stop on a two-point conversion helps the Rangers survive on Friday night

ESTACADA NEWS: MATT RAWLINGS - Gabriel Martinez runs through a Woodburn defender on his way to a first down in the opening quarter of Estacada's 14-12 win on Friday night.

4A Special District 2
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Team Score
Estacada (4-1, 1-1 TVC)
Woodburn (4-1, 1-1 TVC)

Coming off a 20-point loss to Gladstone in the prior game, it was important for Estacada to have a bounce-back week against Woodburn.

That task would be easier said then done as Woodburn came into Friday's contest undefeated and averaging 35 points per game. The Rangers, however, were up to the challenge.

Estacada's defense held Woodburn scoreless for the first three quarters and made a game-winning stop on a two-point conversion with 30 seconds left to come away with the 14-12 victory on Friday night in the Rangers homecoming game.

"Defensively, we really got after things," Estacada head coach Andy Mott said. "We really put a lot of pressure on (Woodburn). Holding them to 12 points was huge…It was good to get out of here with a win."

After receiving the opening kickoff, the Rangers began their march down the field and got into Woodburn territory thanks to a 17-yard screen pass from Nick Keller to David Stamm on third-and-15.

Then, a first down run by Gabriel Martinez put Estacada into the red zone.

It looked Estacada turned the ball over on downs when Keller's fourth down pass intended for Kaden Settle fell incomplete, but a pass interference call on Woodburn gave the Rangers another crack at the end zone.

On the very next play, Martinez rumbled through the middle of the Bulldogs defense for a 6-yard score, completing Estacada's drive that took more than six minutes off the clock. Keller ran in the conversion to put Estacada up 8-0.

Although they weren't able to muster up anything on their first drive, Woodburn got the ball back with great field position early in the second quarter after the Rangers faked a punt but couldn't pick up first-down yardage.

RJ Veliz played the first series at quarterback for Woodburn, then was replaced by Nathan Corpuz on the following drive. Corpuz found tight end Chandler Vargas for back-to-back first downs and then got the Bulldogs in the red zone thanks to a pass interference penalty by the Rangers.

But when Woodburn faced fourth-and-6 from the Estacada 12, Vargas caught a pass in the flat from Corpuz and was stopped short of the first down due to a big tackle by Stamm, forcing the Bulldogs to give the ball back.

Despite being deep in their own territory, the Rangers offense seemed to move the ball with ease, both through the air and on the ground. Keller had first down completions to Settle and Stamm while Martinez continued to be the workhorse in the backfield for Estacada.

The drive, however, came to stall inside the red zone. On fourth-and-3, Keller ran an option and appeared to have a first down when the officials signaled the chain gang to move the sticks. But after the ball was measured, it was determined that Keller was short of the line to gain as the Rangers couldn't build on their lead heading into halftime.

After both teams failed to do anything offensively in the third period, Estacada had the ball near the goal line with a chance to go up by two scores early in the final quarter. But a costly penalty killed the Rangers chances as they were stopped on fourth down at the Woodburn 4-yard line.

"We were actually able to move the ball pretty well, we just could't finish off drives," Mott said. "I definitely felt like we left some points on the field, which was frustrating."

Look for extended coverage in the Oct. 4 print edition.

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