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The Buffs were unable to find the end zone against the top-ranked Pirates on Friday.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Madras, the No. 16 seed in the 4A playoffs, fell to No. 1 Marshfield 43-0 on Friday night in Coos Bay.The Madras football team saw its remarkable season end in Coos Bay on Friday night, as No. 1 Marshfield beat the Buffs 43-0 in the first round of the OSAA 4A State Championship tournament.

Marshfield (12-0, 4-0) came into the playoffs as one of the favorites to win it all, and the undefeated Pirates looked the part on Friday night. In particular, senior quarterback Dom Montiel impressed as he threw for three touchdowns and ran in two more. Montiel holds a scholarship offer from Portland State University. Marshfield running back Ezra Waterman caught one of the touchdowns and rushed for another.

The Pirates will advance to play the winner of Saturday's matchup between No. 8 Tillamook and No. 9 Henley. Regardless of the Tillamook-Henley result, Marshfield will host the second-round tilt.

As for Madras (4-5, 3-2), the White Buffalos knew they faced heavy odds coming into the first-round matchup. Not only is Marshfield a dangerous team, but the road trip from Madras to Coos Bay is roughly six hours each way and may have contributed to the Buffs' troubles on Friday.

The closest scoring chance for Madras came on a first-and-goal opportunity from the Marshfield 10-yard line. Junior quarterback Dru Boyle targeted his favorite receiver, Cael White, over the middle but missed high on the pass. The Pirates recorded sacks on the next two plays, pushing the Buffs out of scoring distance.

Though this incredible season comes to a close for the Buffs, there is plenty of young talent on this team that should keep them in the hunt for a playoff spot next season. The Buffs do have some big holes to fill, however, with the departures of seniors Reece White, Alex 'Texas' Arreola, Carter Dunten, Angel Jimenez, TJ Stout and Louie Smith.

Still, the bulk of the starting offensive skill players, including quarterback Dru Boyle, wide receiver Cael White, and running backs Johan Poland, Skytus Smith and Ayden Holcomb should all be back next year. Sophomores such as Noah Vibbert and Maikal Poland showed flashes of their own talents throughout the season that could blossom in the years to come.

After making the 4A playoffs for the first time in nine years, the Buffs will be hungry to keep the streak alive when they return to the gridiron next fall.


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