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Crook County wears out Madras defense in second half and posts 28-0 victory; Madras finishes the season at 4-5

LON AUSTIN  - Cael White, 2, tries to hurdle a Crook County defender during the Buffs' 28-0 loss to the Cowboys in Prineville Oct. 28. A second half scoring flurry carried Crook County over Madras is the final regular season football game for both teams Friday in Prineville.

The Cowboys won 28-0 after scoring 21 points in the last 15 minutes of the game.

With the win and Baker's home loss to Pendleton, the Cowboys locked up third place in the 4A Special District 5, earning a state playoff spot. Madras finished its season at 4-5.

Outside of the last 15 minutes, Madras controlled much of the action. The Buffs' run game kept their offense on the field for much of the first half. However, while producing first downs, Madras was ineffective in the red zone and killed drives with key penalties and allowing quarterback sacks.

Madras had a great opportunity to score in the first quarter when they recovered a Crook County fumble at the 12-yard line. However, a holding call on first down set them back, then on fourth-and-eight, a running play netted just three yards and the Cowboys took over.

Crook County grabbed a 7-0 in the second quarter after Eddie Freauff took a fly sweep from midfield to the house midway through the second quarter.

The Cowboys brought their 7-0 lead to the locker room at halftime. The Buffs took the second half kickoff and employed a stout running attack. They ate up more than eight minutes of the clock, but turned the ball over on downs.

The Buff defense forced a three-and-out. Madras took over in good field position, near their own 40. But on first down, Madras fumbled on a running play. That play seemed to flip in switch for the Cowboys. Crook County's Palmer Smith then scored on a long running play up the middle and CC soon led 14-0.

Crook County generally stayed on the ground the rest of the way. While the Madras defense had stuffed the Cowboy offense — outside of Freauff's one fly sweep play — in the first half, they couldn't keep the pressure in the second. At the 7:36 mark in the fourth quarter, Smith packed in another touchdown with a short run up the middle.

Down 21-0, Cael White gave Madras its biggest play of the night on the ensuing kickoff, returning it to the Cowboys' 29. However, Madras could only net five yards in four plays and Crook County got thet ball back.

Following a long drive that ate up most of the remaining clock, the Cowboys punched in another TD.

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