Big plays again hurt Buffs in league contest
The White Buffalos finished up the league road season, going to Pendleton for a 50-19 loss. The defeat was Madras' sixth straight in IMC play while the Buckaroos (5-1) moved into a four-way tie for first place.
"We gave up too many big plays again," Madras coach Dan Hiatt said. "Pendleton had some turnovers (two fumbles and an interception) but we gave them the ball."
The Buckaroos fumbled twice in the first quarter, both near the Buff goal line. Pendleton was trying to take advantage of short Madras punts.
Instead, the Buffs recovered a fumble at their 3. Madras used a pass interference penalty plus a 31-yard pass from Aaron Marshall to tight end Orrin Wallace for 31 yards.
It was the first of seven catches by Wallace, for a season-high 130 yards. It was also the third time Wallace has topped 100 receiving yards.
The drive stalled, followed by a short punt. Pendleton promptly fumbled, allowing the Marshall-to-Wallace connection a 10-yard completion. That drive stalled.
Pendleton didn't provide anymore gifts. The Buckaroos went on drives of 60 and 73 yards to go up 14-0.
Madras answered with its own 72-yard drive, much of it a 43-yard reception by Wallace. Marshall also ran for 22 yards and finished off the drive with a 1-yard plunge midway through the second quarter.
Pendleton went to its passing offense after that. Buckaroo quarterback Trevor Smith threw for 231 yards in the first half with scoring passes of 38 and 35 yards in the final seven minutes for a 28-7 lead.
Marshall had more than 100 passing yards, all on completions to Wallace. The Buffs were hampered by the absence of senior tackle Craig Fuller (attending a Future Farmers of America convention).
"Aaron didn't have any time to pass," Hiatt said.
Madras cut into that margin as Wallace did most of the work. The senior stepped in front of Smith's pass inside the Buff 10. He returned the ball to the Pendleton 37.
"I thought Orrin was gone when he picked it off," Hiatt said.
Wallace then drew a pass interference penalty. Three plays later, Marshall found Clayton Hagen open for 24 yards. Marshall then found Wallace for a highlight catch.
"Orrin jumped over the defender, tipped the ball to himself and somehow kept his feet inbounds," Hiatt said.
Wallace capped his night with a 7-yard scoring catch in the fourth quarter. Between those scores, Pendleton scored three touchdowns and hit a 27-yard field goal. The last Buckaroo touchdown came on an errant Madras snap recovered in the end zone.
Notes: While Pendleton was winning, rival Hermiston was losing (7-6) at Mountain View. "I'd be really interested to see a tape of that game," Hiatt said. "Considering the points (33) we scored against Mountain View and how many yards we gained (407), I'd like to see how they stopped Hermiston." The Bulldogs scored 64 points against Madras on Oct. 13. Rivals Hermiston and Pendleton finish up the season at the Bulldogs' field. Bend is at Mountain View in another game to pare down the IMC's four-way tie. ... The number of Madras foes with unbeaten seasons dropped to one. Opening-night foe Wilsonville suffered a 17-14 loss to rival Sherwood. Third-week foe Sisters struggled to a 14-6 win against Cottage Grove.