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The Rangers' defense forces a fumble on North Marion's final drive to prevent overtime

ESTACADA NEWS: DAVID BALL - Estacadas Jackson Turner, 77, closes in on a fumble recovery that killed North Marions chance for a tying drive inside the Rangers 40-yard-line.

Tri-Valley Conference

Team Score
#4 Estacada Rangers (5-1)
North Marion Huskies (3-3)

Estacada's football team had seen its double-digit lead sliced down to two points in a matter of minutes coming out of the halftime locker room. But the Rangers could get the gears moving again in the fourth quarter to secure a 28-20 win that spoiled North Marion's homecoming night.

"We're down to the last three weeks and there are a bunch of teams fighting for a playoff spot — we're fighting, too," Estacada QB Nick Keller said.

North Marion running back Sam Garcia found the end zone on the Huskies first two drives of the second half to pull his team within 22-20 midway through the fourth quarter.

But after a short punt, Estacada QB Nick Keller scored from 21 yards out to return the Rangers to an eight-point lead with 7:30 to play.

The Huskies would move inside Estacada's 40 with its final drive before a fumble ended their chances.

No. 4-ranked Estacada travels to The Dalles at 7 p.m. Thursday, while North Marion plays at Tri-Valley-leading Gladstone.

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