The Rangers get their fourth straight win on Friday as they now look to gear up for the playoffs

ESTACADA NEWS: MATT RAWLINGS - Nick Keller heads back to the sideline after scoring his second touchdown of the game in Estacada's 28-20 win over Crook County.

Special District 2
4A Football

Team Score
Estacada (7-1, 4-1)
Crook County (3-5, 1-4)

Estacada has a knack for winning close games and they proved it once again on Friday evening.

Nick Keller and Gabriel Martinez each scored a pair of rushing touchdowns to help give Estacada the 28-20 win over Crook County on senior night.

It was the fifth time this season that Estacada had won a game by single digits.

"It felt like we were in complete control at times, we just didn't finish. Crook County hung around for a while, but we made some big plays at the end to get the win," Estacada head coach Andy Mott said.

Crook County got the ball to start the game and immediately took a deep shot downfield. Quarterback Brody Connell threw a beautiful ball down the sideline to a wide open Garett Bernard, but the ball bounced off of Bernard's hands and fell to the ground forcing the Cowboys to punt.

Estacada's veer rushing attack looked like a machine in the first quarter as they steamrolled Crook County on their opening possession. After a pair of first down runs by Martinez, Keller kept the ball on an option and ran in down to the 1-yard line. Two plays later, Keller would punch it in and then run for the conversion to put the Rangers on top 8-0.

Estacada would get into the red zone on their following drive, but would turn the ball over on downs after Keller's pass intended for Logan Stamm fell incomplete. But another three-and-out for the Cowboys offense gave Estacada the ball right back.

Stamm and Sam Garrison would get in on the offensive action with a pair of first down runs to get the Rangers inside the 5-yard line. Keller would take it from there as he scored on a quarterback sneak to increase the Estacada advantage to 16-0.

The Crook County offense couldn't get anything started in the early going as they went three-and-out on their first three possessions. The Cowboys finally got a first down with 4:27 left in the second quarter after an 8-yard run by Connell, but the drive was later negated when Connell threw a pass that was intercepted by Kaden Settle.

However, Crook County caught a glimmer of hope on the following play when Estacada fumbled the ball away inside their own 20-yard line.

Look for extended coverage in the Oct. 25 print edition.

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