Rainier Mountaineers top White Buffalos
The Madras High School football team traveled to Rainier (3-0) Sept. 20, losing to the Mountaineers 44-0.
In the first quarter, Rainier scored two 5-yard rushing touchdowns and converted on both 2-point conversions, making the score 16-0.
Rainier was able to score on a 14-yard run in the second quarter and again convert on the 2-point conversion. The Mountaineers scored on a 17-yard pass near the end of the second quarter, but failed on its 2-point try.
Rainier went into halftime with a 30-0 lead over the Madras White Buffalos.
The Mountaineers were able to score two more rushing touchdowns in the second half to beat Madras 44-0.
"We went into the game trying to go after their weaknesses, but at the end of the day, we just didn't execute," head coach Kurt Taylor said. "It's the same story, two weeks in a row. It doesn't help that we were playing arguably the best team in the state — a team that won it last year, made it to the semifinals two years in a row before that and the quarterfinals before that. They have lost four games in four years, so they are good, but we would like to think we are, too."
"Honestly, what is holding us back right now is self-discipline and player execution," he said. "It is pretty tough to watch on film as far as missed assignments. That's football and that is what makes it such a good game for these boys to become better men because it is a struggle right now. We played two really good teams, but we like to think we could handle our own."
Rainier ran 57 plays for 398 yards of total offense, 295 on the ground and 103 in the air. They had 23 first downs and were 7-for-10 on third-down conversions. The Mountaineers also had four penalties for 15 yards and two lost fumbles.
The White Buffalos ran 35 plays for 45 yards of total offense. They were 1-for-8 passing with 21 yards and three interceptions. Madras had 24 rushing yards, 18 of them from running back Treyvon Easterling. Nathan Stout had one catch for 21 yards for Madras.
Eric Boyton led Madras in tackles with six, while Kody Zemke, Liam White and Mathew Bunt each had five tackles.
"We are are moving on from it," Taylor said. "We have evaluated it, watched the film; we came into this week with new goals. We are going to own our mistakes, be more disciplined than we ever have. Players have been asked to do what we call self-guidance discipline. We are trying to redirect bad behaviors. The players want to be self-disciplined because they are tired of being beat."
"This team should be really special and I don't want them to underachieve because we can't get into the right mindset," he said. "It is that simple; it is mindset, not physical ability."
The White Buffalos (1-3) have a home game against Dayton (1-3) at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27. This Friday's game is a homecoming game for Madras High School.
"Dayton for us is going to be a big challenge," Taylor said. "They are big dudes, athletic; they changed their offense to a wing T and they have some good athletes. They are going to be a challenge for us and I hope our boys accept that challenge. We have some great things we can utilize against them. Our strengths go great against their weaknesses, which is always good. At the end of the day that have to be self-disciplined."
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