Unbeaten Sisters run past Buffs
A big deception went a long way for visiting Sisters. Then a little deception went a little ways for Madras as the two football teams finished up nonleague play Friday.
The unbeaten Outlaws won 54-28. Sisters, ranked No. 3 in AP's latest 4A poll, took control by scoring four unanswered touchdowns in the second and third quarters against the White Buffalos.
The visitors also scored early, going away from feature back Cory McCaffrey. The junior, appropriately wearing the No. 1 jersey, already had more than 400 yards and six touchdowns in his first two games.
So, the Outlaws promptly went to No. 2 and No. 3 instead. Sister fullback Jeff Sampson rumbled up the middle for 30 yards in two carries.
"We wanted to establish we were going to be physical," Sisters coach Bob Macauley said. "The best way for us to do that is to run Jeff (Sampson). He's a very good fullback besides being a great linebacker."
A completion of 14 yards to to No. 3, Nathan Jackson followed. Then McCaffrey went to work. He had four carries of 25 yards in a drive finished off by Sampson's 18-yard scoring run. McCaffrey added a 29-yard scoring run on Sister's next possession.
"He's a good player and his quickness was a big difference against us," Madras coach Dan Hiatt said. "He's shifty and is always making moves."
The Buffs were a little shifty themselves late in the first quarter. Forced to punt, Madras lined up in its regular punt formation with two wideouts. Neither was covered, allowing the Buffs to go to an "automatic verbal call," Hiatt said.
The ball was snapped to the upback, quarterback/tailback Aaron Marshall. He lobbed a pass to Josh Farrester, a fellow quarterback.
"When the other team doesn't have anybody lined up on our receivers, we go to our special call," Marshall said. "Josh was wide open. Sometimes it's harder to throw a pass to a guy that wide open than it is to a guy in coverage."
Farrester caught the 15-yard pass and ran past the Sisters bench on a 76-yard scoring play.
Sisters responded with a heavy dose of McCaffrey. He gained 130 yards with three touchdowns in the first half. McCaffrey eventually finished with 247 yards on 26 carries.
Many of those runs were sweeps with the junior using his speed with Sampson as an escort.
"Our offense runs plays based on how the other team's defense is set up," McCaffrey said. "Early on, Jeff was getting the ball. Then I was able to run behind Jeff; he's a great fullback."
McCaffrey's fifth touchdown came with five minutes left in the third quarter for a 48-7 lead.
Madras then showed a hint of a bottled-up passing combination. Marshall played quarterback most of the second half after being the tailback the previous week.
Marshall found tight end Orrin Wallace open four times for 115 yards. Two were scores of 34 and 56 yards.
"Orrin was one of my go-to guys last year," Marshall said. "I know when I throw it to Orrin, he'll go get it."
Especially a deep fly pattern on the 56-yard scoring play. The pass seemed overthrown but Wallace stretched out to catch it and then ran away from the Outlaw secondary.
"There wasn't any doubt Orrin would catch that pass," the Madras coach said. "Orrin never stops going after a ball. He's a great tight end, but we need him to play fullback."
Before Wallace's long scoring catch, Madras converted a short drive. A long punt return by Trevor Schongalla set up a 7-yard scoring drive with Marshall plunging in from a yard out.
Sister then brought its starting offense back in. McCaffrey gained his final 38 yards on five carries capped by his sixth touchdown.
Notes: The game was halted for 15 minutes in the second quarter when junior linebacker Clayton Hagen suffered a head injury. He was taken to Mountain View Hospital but released later that night. Hagen attended school Monday but will not play at The Dalles this Friday. ... With 676 yards in three games, McCaffrey is on pace to break 2,000 yards. Oregon's all-time record is 2,844 by Jacobe Krizman of Hood River in 2002. Sisters' top mark is No. 11 overall by David Martin in 1998. To break into the top 20, McCaffrey needs to exceed 2,002 yards posted by Adam Hawkins of Pendleton in 1994 and Mark Domath of Bandon in 1991.