Rangers coming off 21-0 win at Taft

In 2011, the Estacada football team waited until the second to last week of the season to get its first win during a season defined by injuries.

Thank goodness, that was then, and this is now.

The Rangers wasted no time getting their first win of the season, travelling to Taft High School in Lincoln City to claim a 21-0 victory behind Brandon Beck, Bryan Rhone and Steven Weaver.

For more information on that game, see the recap that accompanies this story.

Coming up

Sept. 7: Scappoose at Estacada

Kick off: 7 p.m.

Coming off a 48-41 loss to Roosevelt, the Scappoose Indians travel to Estacada this Friday night to face the 1-0 Rangers.

The Indians finished 6-4 last season before losing to Gladstone in their play-in playoff game 30-14. This year, however, the Indians are loaded with speedy playmakers, something that seems to worry Estacada head coach Brigham Baker.

“They’ve got a ton of speed in two of their guys, No. 1 and No. 6,” Baker said. “Both are their running backs and their playmakers. They’re similar to us in size, just much quicker than we are.”

Another thing that worries Baker is the revenge factor.

Two years ago, Scappoose traveled to Estacada for a playoff game expecting to glide past the Rangers into the second round. Instead, Estacada jumped out to an early lead and held onto it late to upset the Indians.

“They’ll be thinking about that,” Baker said.

As far as matchups go, the biggest key to the game for Estacada is to shutdown the potent Indian passing attack with their defensive backs Steven Weaver, Bryan Rhone, Alec Barstad and Ryan Vauthier.

“I know the guys on defense have their work cut out for them,” he said. “The great news is that those are kids who have started since their freshman or sophomore year, so I’m very confident in that defensive back group.”

Offensively, the Rangers will need to get a little more help from their wide receivers, who dropped four passes last Friday night.

“I’d like us to catch the ball a little more, and so we’re going to make that a point of emphasis this week in practice,” Baker said. “We also have some room to improve in our blocking up front.”

To add to all of the excitement of a big early season matchup, the game is obviously Estacada’s first home game of the season and also its first game since school began.

With the combination of local excitement and a big matchup, Baker is confident that the Estacada fans are in for a treat on Friday night.

“I’ve watched quite a bit of the film and it should be an entertaining game at the least,” he said. “They’re a fun team to watch because they throw the ball all over the place, so it will be interesting to see how we matchup.

“We should be able to compete, though, because it’s not like we’re playing the Dallas Cowboys.”

Scappoose is expected to finish in the top two in the Cowapa League this fall.

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