Buff offense hums in league road loss
The White Buffalos put tight end Orrin Wallace in motion along with unveiling a few new formations. It was part of a 49-33 loss as Madras produced its second-highest point total of the season (49 points in a win at LaPine is the high).
That Buff offense had an immediate impact as quarterback Aaron Marshall scored on an 80-yard run.
"It was a sweep with good blocking," Madras coach Dan Hiatt said. "I don't think anybody touched Aaron. It was a great way to start."
Mountain View responded, starting a pattern of scoring two touchdowns for every one Madras produced. The Cougars took leads of 14-7, 28-14 and 35-21 at halftime. The hosts followed with a touchdown on their opening possession of the second half.
"We couldn't keep them out of the end zone," Hiatt said. "We kept giving up big plays. We had them third-and-long or fourth-and-long but still couldn't get their offense off the field."
The teams combined for 951 yards of offense. Mountain View had 544 with 273 rushing, led by Sean Koepf recording 232 yards and three touchdowns.
Madras had 410 yards with Marshall responsible for nearly all of it. The senior passed for 236 and ran for a season-high 156. The 392 yards is also a season best, marking the third time he has topped 300 yards in combined rushing and passing.
The senior tight end Wallace again was Marshall's favorite target. Wallace finished with four catches for 83 yards and three touchdowns, helped by his new positioning.
"This season, teams have practically tackled Orrin when he's tried to get off the line," Hiatt said. "So we put him in a slot or put him in motion to free him up."
Marshall also found Josh Farrester and Clayton Hagen open with each catching three passes. Senior lineman Jose Alvarez made a catch as well on a tipped pass, carrying it 23 yards.
"The ball was tipped right to Jose," Hiatt said. "As a lineman, he's not used to handling the ball, but he showed off his speed on that play."
Long road trip next
Madras finishes up its road games by traveling to Pendleton on Friday. The Buckaroos are among three teams tied for second place in the IMC (joining Bend and Mountain View at 4-1).
Pendleton is a very balanced team, using 106 running plays and 116 passes in the 222 plays the Buff coaches charted, Hiatt said.
Buckaroo quarterback Trevor Smith led the IMC in passing after six games with 1,279 yards. He threw his 15th touchdown pass and had a 67-yard scoring run in a 44-0 victory against Crook County on Friday.
Bobby Corey is his favorite receiver with 28 catches averaging 23.0 yards going into the Crook County game. Corey opened Friday's scoring with a 13-yard catch.
"All season long they've shown they can make big plays," Hiatt said.
Pendleton finishes up the season by traveling to rival Hermiston. Madras concludes this season by hosting winless Crook County (traveling to The Dalles this Friday).