Torres returns from Shrine game
Madras High School graduate and former White Buffalo running back Victor Torres finished up his last game Aug. 3, during Oregon's 67th East West All-Star football game in Baker City.
Torres transferred to Madras from Culver his senior year, earning first-team all-league honors as a White Buffalo. He also earned honorable mention all-state honors, racking up 701 yards on 88 carries, averaging 7.97 yards per carry and 87.63 yards per game.
Torres played for the West all-star team, playing mainly the safety position on defense with some reps at running back. Madras' Kobey Jorgensen was also selected to play in this year's Shrine game, but could not participate due to a scheduling conflict. Culver's Joe Russo was selected as an alternate on the East all-star team.
Victor Torres was selected to be the West all-star team's kicker, kicking both during the kickoff and for extra points. The game was played between selected players from 1A-4A from all over Oregon.
Watching and supporting Torres was assistant coach and defensive coordinator Jerry Shaw. The West team took an early 30-0 lead at the end of the first half.
"Victor kicked really well," Shaw said. "I had people come up to me and ask why he didn't kick for us. I told them our kicker just signed on to play in college, but Victor would have been a great backup."
"When you look at the roster and the teams, the East had all the size," he said. "They had big lineman from Crook County and some really good size. You would think they were just going to power down, but the West had a lot more speed. In high school, speed is a great equalizer, so they were able to get some defensive penetration, disrupting a lot of plays."
Torres was the last man back, playing safety for the team, using his speed and athleticism to close in on passes and make tackles. He broke up a pass in the endzone that would have been a touchdown and the next play the West team intercepted the ball.
The West all-stars took advantage of turnovers made by the East in the first half, but the East came out strong in the second half, scoring 10 unanswered points.
"Victor just did what he does," said Shaw. "He did a great job of cleaning up the pile like he did for us. It was good to see him doing the things he is really good at, which is reading the ball, pursuing and coming down hill, being physical, while making plays in the passing game."
"Hopefully, we can get more (Madras) players in this game, to recognize that effort and players that strive for excellence and do the right things," he said.
The game wrapped up with the West all-stars defeating the East all-stars 42-10.
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