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Cheesemakers shred Estacada

Tillamook scores 26 in first half, Rangers fall to 0-3
by: Clinton Vining, Senior full back Greg Locke (32) cuts behind junior center Myles Dunlop’s (56) block Friday night in Tillamook. The Cheesemakers beat the Rangers 26-7.

The Cheesemakers melted the Rangers 26-7 Friday night in Tillamook.

Estacada held Tillamook to 24 offensive yards in the second half, but the damage had already been done with 13 points in each of the first two quarters.

'We came back in the second half and didn't quit, scored some points and gave ourselves kind of a chance to kind of get things rolling and just kind of came up empty tonight,' said Estacada High School Coach Butch Self.

The Rangers crossed midfield twice in the first half, and had only one legitimate scoring opportunity, but Tillamook blocked senior kicker Dustin Harding's 23-yard field goal attempt.

While Estacada's offense struggled, the Cheesemakers' offense excelled. Tillamook rushed for 183 yards in the first half and senior quarterback Jake Pugh threw for 80 yards. Pugh had 64 rushing yards.

Senior receiver Hunter Fairbrother had the Rangers' only touchdown, a 54-yard pass from junior quarterback Jake Day in the fourth quarter. He caught the over-the-top pass in front of his sideline at about the 20 yard line and ran into the end zone untouched. Harding kicked the extra point.

The Rangers had another scoring opportunity in the third quarter when Harding attempted a 21-yard field goal. The kick was wide left, but a roughing-the-kicker penalty gave the Rangers a first and goal at the 5-yard line. Estacada fumbled the ball on the two to Tillamook.

The Rangers finished the game with 161 yards of offense. Tillamook had 287. Day had an off night for the Rangers, completing just four of 20 passes for 95 yards, throwing two interceptions and losing 17 yards rushing. Sophomore running back Jake Hyde had 59 rushing yards on the night and senior running back Greg Locke had 24.

After the game, a dejected Coach Self said that his team needs to work on not making mental errors, like jumping off-sides or lining up in the wrong spot on offense. Overall, though, he said, he believes the season's first three games should have the Rangers ready for play in the Capital Conference.

'Not many teams are going to be able to say they had a non-league schedule like we've had. I'm hoping that pays off,' Self said about having played Scappoose, Sweet Home and Tillamook, all on the road.

The Rangers' home- and league-opener against Gladstone is 7 p.m. Friday at Buzz Randall Stadium in Estacada.