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Rangers use dominating line play to post 48-6 win over a young Madras team; Buffs travel to take on North Marion Friday

COURTESY GRAPHIC  - Madras will have to improve its line play to stay with North Marion.  The Madras White Buffalo football team was blasted 48-6 by the Estcada Rangers Friday night in Estacada.

The Rangers were in control throughout, scoring 16 points in each of the first three quarters, while Madras was unable to get on the scoreboard until the final quarter.

Despite the lopsided score, Madras head coach Kurt Taylor was pleased with what he saw from his team.

"We had several kids stand out," he said. "Reece White played great at defensive end, and sophomore Dru Boyle stepped up to play quarterback this week and did well for what he was given. Our defense was just out manned."

Estacada had a simple game plan: pound the ball up the middle. And they executed to perfection gaining 276 yards of total offense, including 254 on the ground.

"They were bigger, stronger, and we could not stop them up front regardless of the fronts we changed to, or the blitzes we ran," Taylor said. "Comes down to the same issues we had last week. We are very young and for a large majority of our guys, it's only their second varsity game."

Meanwhile, the White Buffalos managed just 149 yards of total offense.

Boyle was seven of 15 passing the ball, for 107 yards and also carried the ball four times for 21 yards. Johan Poland carried the ball four times for 30 yards and the White Buffalos' lone touchdown.

"Our protection up front struggled all night offensively, and that is why we only found the end zone once," Taylor added.

Defensively Ethan Graeme led the White Buffalos with five tackles while Jeremiah Smith added three.

Although Taylor was disappointed with the final score, he was pleased that his team kept fighting to the end.

"There were many positives that we can take into this next week and get better," he said. "As a coaching staff, we are very proud of the boys. They never quit and they want to get better. It's a great group of young men that will find success soon."

With the loss, the White Buffalos dropped to 0-2 on the season, while Estacada improved to 1-1.

Madras is on the road again this Friday against North Marion, 0-2, in a 7 p.m. game. The defending league champion Huskies dropped their first game to Crook County 18-7, then fell to Gladstone last Friday 48-8.

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