Buff FB hosting ranked foes ends
Madras faced four ranked teams with a combined record of 22-4 in home games. Hermiston finished the stellar foes, beating the Buffs 64-20 Friday. The Buffs finish the home schedule on Nov. 3 against Crook County (0-6).
The Bulldogs' victory keeps them unbeaten in Intermountain Conference play at 4-0. Hermiston is No. 8 in the latest AP poll.
"That's the best team in the IMC," said Buff coach Dan Hiatt of Hermiston. "They're so physical. We were overwhelmed."
Madras opened the season against unbeaten Wilsonville, 7-0 and ranked No. 2 by AP. Unbeaten Sisters (7-0) ascended to No. 1 in this week's 4A AP poll, The Buffs also hosted Bend, 4-2 and ranked No. 10.
Hermiston scored on its first two possessions, after stopping Madras drives. The Buffs gained two first downs on their opening drive with quarterback Aaron Marshall completing passes of 15 yards to Trevor Schongalla and 14 yards to Sam Scheideman.
Schongalla and Scheideman finished with three catches each. Marshall went on to complete 12 passes for 135 yards. The senior has 820 passing yards, averaging 16.4 yards a completion.
His favorite target again was tight end Orrin Wallace with six catches, all after the first quarter. Wallace has 33 catches for 511 yards this season. He finished the scoring with a 15-yard catch in the fourth quarter for his seventh touchdown this season.
The opening Buff drive stalled when a bad shotgun snap created a 13-yard loss. Then Hermiston scored in two plays, both passes.
The Bulldogs were in a hurry on offense. The visitors used their familiar trait of breaking the huddle and rushing up to the line for a quick snap.
"They do that every game, It's not new and something we practiced for," Hiatt said.
Hermiston's second pass went for a 38-yard score. It was the first of four completions by Bulldog quarterback Michael Ramirez for 94 yards.
Madras gained two first downs on its next possession starting with a 15-yard run by Marshall. He had 46 rushing yards, moving the senior to 643 yards for the season. Marshall then used his arm for a 10-yard completion, moving the ball near midfield before that drive stalled.
Hermiston revved up its running game for its second touchdown. The Bulldogs ran the ball eight times to cover 61 yards.
Hermiston finished with 398 yards on 50 carries, some of it during a 33-point second quarter. Nine different Bulldogs ran the ball, led by Mike Hoston gaining 107 yards on six carries.
Buffs on road
Madras travels to Mountain View this Friday, facing a Cougar team chasing an IMC playoff berth.
Mountain View defeated fellow Bend school Summit 37-16 Friday to improve to 3-1 in league play. The Cougars joined Bend and Pendleton in a second-place tie.
"Mountain View is a balanced team," Hiatt said. "They like to run the USC sweep plays similar to what Sisters does. They don't have a back like (Cory) McCaffrey though."
Sisters junior McCaffrey gained 247 yards against Madras and had a season-high of 421 against Marist on Thursday. The Cougars rotate a couple of backs, led by Sean Koepf who gained 171 yards against Summit. Koepf has 769 rushing yards this season.
Mountain View also showed off its passing attack as Seth Davies passed for a season-high 265 yards on 16 completions. Davies has 780 passing yards with seven touchdowns.
Madras goes into the game "as healthy as we've been in several games," Hiatt said. "Sure we have plenty of bumps, but Aaron's knee and Orrin's ankle are getting better."
The Buffs finish up the road schedule by traveling to Pendleton on Oct. 27.