White Buffs crushed
- Joe McHaney
- Madras Pioneer - Sports
After opening the season 2-0 for the first time since 2004, the Madras High School football team has dropped two consecutive games.
>Host La Salle up 45-6 at halftime
The White Buffalos (2-2 overall) were overwhelmed last Friday at La Salle during a 51-6 loss in both team's Class 4A Tri-Valley Conference opener.
"They executed and we didn't," MHS head coach Rick Wells said. "They whipped us and exploited our weaknesses."
The Falcons led 21-0 before Madras quarterback Andrew McConnell connected with Devin Ceciliani to make the score 21-6 on a 25-yard touchdown pass. Unfortunately for the White Buffalos, La Salle was the only team to score after Madras found pay dirt.
La Salle posted 24 more first-half points for a 45-6 lead at intermission and the Falcons tacked on another touchdown in the second half.
"They intercepted two passes and returned them for touchdowns and blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown," Wells said of La Salle.
Wells praised the defensive efforts of MHS senior Erik Quintana.
"Several of the La Salle coaches made comments about Erik and it was one of the best defensive games I have seen this year from one of our players," Wells said.
Madras hosts Gladstone (4-1, 1-0 TVC) at 7 p.m. for another TVC game. Wells and the White Buffalos would like all spectators to dress in red for the school's yearly homecoming game to create a "red out."