Steele Haugen had a big football game at quarterback for the Madras High School White Buffalos, and his favorite target Devin Ceciliani had an even bigger game.
>Ceciliani reels in three TDs from Haugen
The two hooked up three times for passing touchdowns to lead the White Buffalos to a 38-14 victory at Stayton in both schools' openers Aug. 31.
"We played a really good football game for our first game of the season," MHS head coach Rick Wells said. "We showed some great explosiveness on offense and sustained some long drives, too."
Ceciliani reeled in touchdown grabs of 85, 52 and 34 yards in the first half to help the White Buffalos roll to a 23-8 halftime lead, and the senior finished with 269 all-purpose yards.
"He is a very special player," Wells said of Ceciliani. "He draws a lot of attention on the field from defenders, but he still gets it done."
Haugen finished 16 of 24 passing for 275 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.
"Steele did an excellent job," Wells said. "He had a couple mistakes, but overall he played well."
The White Buffalos amassed 490 total offense, while allowing just one offensive touchdown on defense.
"That's the most offense we've had since I've been hear," said Wells, who has served on the MHS coaching staff since 2009. "That type of offense is not typical with our teams in recent years, but I think we showed that we have explosive weapons."
Madras High School running back Joe Hisatake carried the ball 24 times for 130 yards and caught seven passes for 55 yards. Hisatake made the score 29-8 with a 10-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, and also scored from two yards out in the quarter to hand the White Buffs a 35-8 lead.
Derrick Pacheco, who drilled a 35-yard field goal in the first quarter, converted two of four extra point attempts.
Madras will host the first of three consecutive games at home at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 against Class 5A Redmond. The Panthers defeated Sweet Home 35-0 last Friday.
"We will play a team with a lot of seniors with a much better defense," Wells said of Redmond. "They will be bigger, stronger and faster, and we have to be well prepared to earn a victory."