Madras loses game, possibly star
It might have been Madras' most expensive first down of the season.
On fourth down, the White Buffalos again used a fake punt play. It came on the opening play of the fourth quarter in Friday's Intermountain Conference 41-6 loss to Bend.
Madras quarterback Aaron Marshall found tight end Orrin Wallace running down the middle of the field. It was a 22-yard completion.
Only Wallace didn't go back to the huddle. The senior tight end/defensive end stayed down at the Buff 44.
"They tackled the back of my leg and I felt my ankle pop," said Wallace while sitting on the bench in the fourth quarter. "It seemed they were holding me every time I went out for a pass. Even on that last play they were holding me."
Wallace suffered a severe ankle sprain, Madras coach Dan Hiatt said. He will be out "at least a week to 10 days, definitely putting him out of Friday's game (at Summit)."
"What's makes it tough for us is Orrin never leaves the field," Hiatt added. "He plays on all of our special teams. When Orrin went out, we really had to scramble."
Wallace finished with five catches for 82 yards in the game. Four of those receptions for 54 yards came in his abbreviated second half. He also drew a pass interference penalty of the Lava Bears in the first half.
"Every time I looked to pass to Orrin, they had two guys on him," Marshall said. "They had Orrin covered on the fake punt, but once again Orrin was able to get the ball."
The Buffs quickly responded to Wallace's injury. Marshall rumbled 35 yards on to the Bend 8 on a run.
"It was an option right," Marshall said. "They overloaded the other side, so we went to the right."
Four plays later, Marshall dived in from a yard out. It was the game's only question, if Madras could extend its game scoring streak to eight games (the last Buff shutout was against Sherwood on Oct. 14.
Bend jumped ahead 34-0 at half thanks to Lava Bear quarterback Beau Walker's precise passing. The junior completed 10 of 11 to eight different receivers for 156 yards.
"Bend ran just one play we hadn't seen in film," Hiatt said. "They have a lot of talented athletes."