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Estacada beats La Salle 59-13 with first quarter perfection, stifling defense.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Estacada senior linebacker Waylon Riedel was one of the leaders in a 59-13 blowout win over La Salle Prep. A homecoming bout devolved into a blowout for Estacada football thanks to a hard-hitting, ball-hawking defense that strung together near-perfection in the first half.

There was senior defensive lineman Dominic Nacoste, who lived in the visiting La Salle Prep backfield with a pair of sacks and a fumble recovery; senior linebacker Waylon Riedel, who had bone-crunching tackles anytime an opposing runner squirted free; and on the back end, seniors Cory James and James Durand had pick-sixes.

"Our defense had a solid game plan to shut them down," coach Andy Mott said. "We got those three and outs, and then scored explosive plays on offense, which is something we had been missing."

"Our guys were focused and ready to rock and roll tonight," he added.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - The first six drives for the Falcons ended in negative yards or turnovers.  The Rangers won a runaway over the Falcons Thursday evening, Oct. 6, on a night marked with homecoming festivities. At the end of the first quarter it was 38-0; by halftime it was 59-7; and No. 6 Estacada (5-1, 2-0 League) ultimately claimed a 59-13 Tri-Valley Conference win.

"I had a lot of fun tonight, did what I needed," Nacoste said. "Love being able to relax in the second half and cheer on my teammates."

At times it felt like the Falcons were trying to ice skate uphill against the stout Rangers defense. The running backs were constantly being blown up in the backfield, with little movement from the offensive line.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Estacada football won 59-13 over La Salle Prep on homecoming night.  The first five possessions in a row for La Salle went for negative yards.

"On defense we made the right checks and did our jobs," Nacoste said.

And that performance allowed the Rangers offense to start in great field position time and time again.

The first touchdown came on the opening play for Estacada, a sneaky 46-yard reverse from junior Andrew Riedel. Adding to his defensive showing, Waylon Riedel had two running touchdowns of 38 and 17 yards, as well as a handful of two-point conversions.

The sixth possession of the game, in the waning seconds of the first quarter, La Salle had positive momentum brewing after a first-down catch by sophomore Dayne Lavoie. That drive ultimately ended in a punt, which James nearly returned for a touchdown.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Rangers senior defensive lineman Dominic Nacoste had two sacks and a fumble recovery.  The next play James, who was crowned homecoming king at halftime, scored a 5-yard keeper.

Midway through the second quarter La Salle strung together a nice scoring drive. Sophomore runner Manusha Tanzambi had some spinning plays to shake free from the defenders, and senior quarterback Nathaniel Dominitz hit Lavoie for a 21-yard touchdown.

But again Estacada answered. On the ensuing kickoff, senior Aron Meraz took it to the house to make it 59-7 at the break.

"That first half was something special — offense, defense, special teams, it was the whole thing," Mott said. "We took care of the ball and hardly had any penalties, that is something we have been trying to clean up as the year goes on."

The second half flew by, with a running clock due to the deficit. The Rangers subbed in their second- and third-string players to get valuable reps. Near the end of the third quarter La Salle again had a nice moment. A fake punt led to an 18-yard first down, followed by a 60-yard scoring scamper from Tanzambi. A missed two-point conversion led to the final score after an uneventful fourth.

Estacada will next travel to Gladstone (3-2, 1-1 League) Thursday, Oct. 13.

"We are trying to get better every week," Mott said. "We are in this for the long haul come playoffs."

"We want to win it all," Nacoste added.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Senior Waylon Riedel harassed the Falcons quarterback all night.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - There was no running room for La Salle.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Rangers senior Dominic Nacoste said this team wants to win it all.


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