Quick start sends Rangers past Astoria
Estacada's football team blitzed Astoria out of the gates to collect a lopsided 40-13 win Friday night.
The Rangers started the night with a 77-yard touchdown march that saw three consecutive third-down conversions, the highlight coming on third-and-13 when QB Isaiah Schaffer made a quick drop and flung the ball over the left side to Kaden Settle for a 22-yard gain.
Schaffer finished the scoring drive by dragging Astoria's T.J. Colvin 10 yards across the goal line for a touchdown.
The Rangers defense forced a three-and-out, highlighted by Sam Garrison taking down Astoria running back Ryan Stutzenegger for a 4-yard loss.
Estacada regained possession and kept the third-down magic going as Schaffer connected with Nate Hagel for a 17-yard pass play.
Moments later, Schaffer kept the ball around the left side and had a convoy of blockers to lead him untouched 35 yards to the end zone for a 12-0 lead.
"We had a lot of confidence heading in and just played football from the beginning — things were clicking on offense, and with our defense, honestly," Estacada coach Andy Mott said.
Next up, Astoria launched a deep pass only to have Garrett Shaver pick it off and return the ball 30 yards to put the Rangers into scoring position once more.
Schaffer broke loose for a 21-yard run, and Garrison plunged through the middle on fourth-and-1 to build the lead to 18-0.
Estacada hosts Gladstone in a battle of top-10 teams to open Tri-Valley Conference play at 7 p.m. Friday.
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This story is slated for our Sept. 26, print edition.
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