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Huskies unable to stop consistent offense of White Buffaloes en route to sixth straight loss

AURORA, Ore.—North Marion was able to fend off the visiting Madras White Buffaloes for a good portion of the first half, but once the visiting team got rolling, they were hard to stop.

After 48 minutes of play on Friday, Oct. 15 Madras (3-3) emerged with the victory 36-0. North Marion (0-6) falls to 0-3 in Special District 2 play and is held scoreless for the fourth time this season.

For Madras head coach Kurt Taylor the win was important, but so was the fact that it happened so far from their home field. Until traveling to North Marion, Madras had played in just one road game.

"We (had) a game with Ridgeview, and Molalla cancelled, so we haven't really gone that far," Taylor said. "That was our biggest goal, was traveling three-plus hours and how do you mitigate some of the things that happen in that. They did good."

After Madras got on the board late in the first quarter to give the visiting squad a 6-0 lead, the two teams exchanged prolonged, fruitless drives. Neither team was able seize momentum and it appeared that heading into half the score would stand at 6-0. The White Buffaloes had other ideas.

After forcing a North Marion punt, Madras relied heavily on the efforts of Johan Poland to drive the ball up the middle and deep into Huskies territory. On the seventh play of the drive, quarterback Dru Boyle scrambled left out of the pocket from 26 yards out and found his way into the endzone at 1:44 of the second quarter. Madras converted the 2-point play, a pass from Boyle over the middle to Reece White, and the White Buffaloes led 14-0.

PMG PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Madras quarterback Dru Boyle had a productive night against a depleted North Marion defense, leading his team to a 36-0 victory over the Huskies.

"(Dru Boyle) is one of the smartest kids I've ever coached, in 16 years as a coach he's one of the top five smartest kids I've ever coached," Taylor said. "There were two series where he called the offense. Our offensive coordinator gave it to him and he called it. He's the first kid we've ever done that with. He's that smart."

The ensuing kickoff was really the beginning of the end for the Huskies. Poland kicked the ball deep and the North Marion returner fumbled ball on his own 25-yard line. Madras's Ryan Orozco came up with it, and Madras was nearly in the red zone once again. The very next play, Boyle passed the ball into the left-hand corner of the endzone to junior Cael White for the touchdown. Sophomore Skytus Smith bullied his way into the endzone for the 2-point conversion, and Madras led 22-0 at the half.

At the start of the third quarter Madras received the kickoff and in just three plays found the endzone yet again. From North Marion's 15-yard line, Madras's Boyle calmly surveyed the scene before him, his offensive line negating the North Marion pressure. Soon he found White over the middle and got the White Buffaloes their fourth touchdown of the night. Poland punched in the 2-point conversion, and the game stood 30-0.

The final score of the night was early in the fourth quarter. Madras forced the Huskies to punt the ball away at the 11:00 minute mark of the final stanza, and within one minute Poland found the endzone yet again. No 2-point conversion on the play meant that the score stood at 36-0.

PMG PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - North Marion's Marcus Ledesma was a bright spot for the Huskies in a tough night against the visiting Madras Buffaloes. Madras defeated North Marion 36-0 on Friday, Oct. 15.

North Marion wasn't without its moments. Junior Marcus Ledesma was a force at running back, churning his feet and pushing for yards and first downs all game long. Sophomore quarterback Landon Fowler was able to connect on throws as the game progressed and make better decisions when under pressure. But there was little there when the Huskies needed it most.

Madras will face Crook County (2-4) at home on Friday, Oct. 22. North Marion will travel to face the No. 1 team at 4A Estacada (7-0) on the same day.

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