Estacada wins finale, hosts qualifier game
PRINVEVILLE — The Estacada Rangers took advantage of a series of first-half miscues to roll to a big early lead as they defeated the Crook County Cowboys 38-13 Friday night in a key league matchup.
"You guys brought it tonight," Estacada head coach Andy Mott told his team following the game. "That's exactly what we needed to come out and do. You guys came out and made a statement tonight against one of the better teams in the league."
The Rangers got things going after a fumbled punt gave them the ball at Crook County's 35-yard line. Six plays later Jake Behrman pounded the ball straight up the middle for a four-yard touchdown. Isaiah Schaffer passed the ball to Nate Hagel for the two-point conversion and the Rangers had an 8-0 lead late in the first quarter.
"Power football is always on our docket," Mott said. "We jumped into it a little early tonight. We like the look and we liked what we got out of it, so we decided to stick with it."
In the second quarter, the Cowboys moved the ball into Estacada territory, but on fourth and five the Rangers tackled Knutson in the backfield for a three-yard loss, giving Estacada the ball at midfield.
Estacada quickly capitalized as Schaffer raced around the right side for a 35-yard touchdown. Shaffer's two-point conversion run was good and the Rangers led 16-0 with seven minutes remaining in the first half.
Kaden Settle raced into the end zone from 35-yards out. Jose Vasquez's two-point conversion run was good and Estacada led 24-0 at the half.
After giving up a touchdown on Crook County's opening drive of the third quarter, Estacada quickly established themselves on the ensuing possession.
The Rangers took over on their own 20 and went on a time-munching 18 play, 80-yard scoring drive. All 18 plays were runs with Schaffer finally scoring from four-yards out. Schaffer also converted the two-point conversion and the Rangers were up 32-6 late in the third quarter.
"It was super important to get that win," Schaffer said. "Now we need to get a good rest, good practice and come back and play next week We had a few injuries the last couple of weeks and we got some guys back and our attitudes changed and everyone was all hyped up for this game and it showed. It felt great."
The Rangers added a 12-play 53-yard drive culminating in a four-yard touchdown run by Waylon Reidel for a 38-6 lead with time running down.
Estacada completed just one pass for 12 yards all night. However, they used power football to amass 335 rushing yards as they spent most of the night pounding the ball up the middle.
Schaffer finished with 165 yards on 22 carries, while Settle ran for 76 yards on just six carries.
With the win, Estacada improved to 5-3 and moved up to 14th in the final power rankings, guaranteeing itself a play-in qualifier at home at 7 p.m. Friday against Sweet Home.
This story is slated for our Oct. 31, print edition.
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