Defense, special teams helps Buffs beat Blanchet Catholic
The Madras White Buffalos and Blanchet Catholic squared off in a 3A Special District 1 East league game Oct. 11 and a defensive and special teams touchdown helped the Buffs defeat Blanchet Catholic 28-7.
The defenses for both teams held strong in the first quarter and the score was tied 0-0 heading into the second quarter.
Blanchet Catholic quarterback James Moore threw a screen pass to his running back, but Madras senior linebacker Robert Pacheco was in the perfect position and intercepted the ball. Pacheco took the interception all the way to the house and the Buffalos took a 7-0 lead with 8:25 left in the half.
Again, both teams were holding strong on defense, not allowing either offenses to find momentum. Blanchet Catholic was able to intercept a pass from Madras with short time left until halftime.
With eight seconds left, Moore dropped back to pass and threw a hail mary down the field. The ball was caught by a heavily guarded receiver for a touchdown and Blanchet Catholic tied the game at 7-7 at the end of the first half.
In the third quarter Madras found success running the ball with senior power back Treyvon Easterling. Easterling success on the ground set up a beautiful counterplay to Jerimiah Smith, who scored on a 25-yard touchdown run.
The PAT was good and Madras took back the lead at 14-7 at the start of the third quarter.
Madras forced the Blanchet Catholic Cavaliers to punt the ball. The punt was returned for a touchdown by senior EriK Boynton, for a 53-yard score.
The White Buffalos used their strong defense and running game to keep things in control and later, Madras used their running attack to set up another touchdown. Liam White used his strength to power into the endzone for score.
White's touchdown sealed the 28-7 victory over the Cavaliers and the Buffs moved to 3-3, while the Cavaliers moved to 2-4 on the season.
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