MHS football has nine first team athletes
The Madras White Buffalo football program had 14 athletes earn league honors, including nine first team honors this season. The Buffs finished the season with a 6-4 record, 4-1 in league play. They finished second in the 3A Special District 1 East Conference.
The conference included Scio, Yamhill-Carlton, Salem Academy, Corbett, Blanchet Catholic, and Madras. In 10 games, the Buffs scored 246 points and gave up 182 — the smallest amount of points given up in their league.
Junior Robert Pacheco earned first team quarterback for Madras. He finished the regular season with 459 passing yards. Pacheco completed 27 passes out of 55 attempts for a 49.09 completion percentage He threw four touchdowns and had a 102 passer rating.
Pacheco also had 357 rushing yards on 63 carries, averaging 5.67 yards per carry. He scored five rushing touchdowns for Madras.
"The thing that gave Robert the first team was his demeanor on the field, attitude and leadership," head football coach Kurt Taylor said. "The coaches said over and over, 'Robert is a good kid,' and they never even met him before. For me, that was neat and his stats were very good."
Senior transfer Victor Torres earned first team running back with 701 yards and nine touchdowns on 88 carries. He averaged 7.97 yards per carry and 87.63 yards per game.
"He should be an all state kid," Taylor said. "The best part about Victor coming here was, he did everything we asked him to do. There were no questions, back talk and he wanted to be a part of us. He is the real deal and is going to play at the next level."
Treyvon Eastering was a junior this year and earned second team running back for the 2018 season. He carried the ball 128 times for 578 yards and seven touchdowns. Easterling averaged 4.52 yards per carry and 64.22 yards per game.
"He is a first team too, really," said Taylor. "Trey was right there, tied for first team votes. They split the load and were both really close in stats."
Byron Patt played both soccer and football for Madras. He earned first team wide receiver and punter for the White Buffalos. Patt had 453 yards on 15 catches, averaging 30.20 yards per catch and 50.33 yards per game. He scored five touchdowns on the year.
Patt punted the ball 28 times for a total of 1,006 yards, averaging 111.78 yards per game.
"He was a lock," said Taylor. "He is for sure one of the best athletes I have seen since coming to Madras and one of the best athletes I have ever been around. If we were able to get the ball in his vicinity, he is getting it. He is also a heck of a punter, maybe even the best I have been around."
On the offensive line, senior Damian Gonzalaz earned first team and junior David Sumner earned second team.
"He is the reason why we coach," said Taylor. "He is a kid that has done a complete 180-degree turn from what he was doing to what he is doing now. An unbelievable story and without a doubt our best lineman."
"I am very proud of David," he said. "We have him for another year and he is a big strong kid. This year, he became the leader we needed him to be."
Kobey Jorgensen earned first team tight end this season. He caught seven passes for 88 yards and two touchdowns. Jorgensen averaged 12.57 yards per catch and 12 yards per game.
"Kobey is the epitome of what we are trying to do as far as our core values go," Taylor said. "He is by far the hardest working kid. He is strong, smart and made first team all league because he made catches, but can also block. Kobey is the type of kid you want your son to grow up and be like."
On the defensive side, Amando Bravo, a junior earned first team honors for defensive lineman. He finished the year with 25 tackles, two tackles for a loss and a fumble recovery.
He surprised the heck out of us," said Taylor. "He was perfect for his position. There were times he would get triple teamed and very selfless. I am very proud of him."
Junior Kody Zemke earned first team honors as a linebacker for the White Buffalos. Zemke ended the year with 87 tackles, four sacks, 16 tackles for a loss, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one interception.
"Zemke, I am not sure if there are words," Taylor said. "A three-sport athlete and turned into an animal. He was the unanimous linebacker and one vote away from being the all-team defensive player of the year."
Dalton Waldow earned first team defensive back this year with 53 tackles, two tackles for a loss, one interception, one forced fumble and recovered two fumbles. Junior Erik Boynton earned second team defensive back with 52 tackles, two for a loss, and four interceptions.
"Dalton is so good, teams don't throw the ball to him," Taylor said. "You just don't throw to his side. He is that good. He has deserved this for a long, long time."
On special teams, Madras kicker Kaegan Prevett earned first team kicker. He ended the year 5-5 on field goal attempts and 26-32 on extra point attempts. He scored 42 points for the Buffs and had a season-long 40-yard field goal.
"Kaegan was lights out," said Taylor. "Being able to say we can kick a field goal from this spot was huge and he is a great kid. Really hoping we can get him to the next level."
Wessley Beymer (senior) and Jeremiah Smith (sophomore), both earned honorable mention linebacker. Smith had 60 tackles, six for a loss and Beymer ended with 59 tackles, five tackles for a loss.