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Close, but no cigar, between the hedges

by: Clinton Vining, Estacada sophomore Kyle McDonald puts pressure on North Marion quarterback Kelly Maguire in Friday's 26-20 loss at Buzz Randall Field in Estacada.Kyle

The North Marion Huskies hung on in a nail-biter at Estacada High School's Buzz Randall Field Friday night, winning 26-20.

North Marion's sophomore quarterback Kelly Maguire passed for 231 yards and four touchdowns against the Rangers' defense. Maguire connected twice in the end zone with 6-foot-1 senior wide receiver Chris Bailey.

Estacada will travel Friday to Stayton in search of their first win of the season. The Rangers are now 0-6 on the season and 0-4 in the Capital Conference. The record lands EHS at the bottom of the league standings with Cascade (0-2), though the Cougars are 3-3 overall. Gladstone (3-0) and Molalla (2-0) haven't lost in the Capital Conference.

Estacada's junior quarterback and defensive back Jake Day picked Maguire's only interception in the first quarter and returned it 22 yards for a TD. For the second week in a row, the Rangers scored first at home. Estacada returned interceptions both times.

Senior full back Greg Locke rushed for 60 yards for the Rangers, including a 23-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

Sophomore half back Jake Hyde gave the Rangers hope with a 90-yard kickoff return to bring Estacada within six midway through the final quarter.

Estacada got the ball after a North Marion punt on their own 6-yard-line, leaving 4:21 to move the ball 94 yards.

Locke carried defenders out to the 29-yard-line for a Rangers first down.

With 2:05 remaining, 6-foot-3 Bryce Wilson caught Day's pass before he was pushed out-of-bounds and picked up just enough-after a measurement-for another first down at the 39-yard-line.

Then the Rangers shot themselves in the foot, and turned over the ball on downs.

The win was North Marion's first in the 4A Capital Conference.