Turnovers doom Buffs
MHS gridders cough it up seven times in playoff loss
A ball-hawking Scappoose defense and a potent passing game was all the host Indians needed to drop the Madras White Buffalos, 50-8, in the first round of the Class 4A first-round football playoffs Friday in Scappoose.
The No. 1 Indians, anchored by quarterback Taylor Loss, wide receiver Paul Revis and a defense that had six interceptions, scored early and often on their way to the quarterfinals against Baker this Friday.
Loss threw for 311 yards on 22 of 34 passing with three touchdowns, while Revis hauled in 12 catches for 195 yards and two scores. Revis also ran for 22 yards.
In all, Madras turned the ball over seven times and got on the board late with a Joe Hisatake 3-yard touchdown run.
"You just can't beat a good team with that many turnovers," Madras coach Rick Wells said. "It's a team responsibility to take care of the football. Everyone shares the load."
Scappoose intercepted the first Steele Haugen pass of the night, and Wells said his senior signal-caller just couldn't get into a rhythm.
"Even the best quarterbacks in the world have bad games; it's too bad it happened to Steele on this night," Wells said. "We wouldn't have got to the playoffs without him, though."
Coming into the game, Haugen had tossed 20 touchdowns to just 10 interceptions and completed over 60 percent of his passes.
"It just wasn't his night," Wells said.
Defensively, Madras wasn't as bad as the score may indicate. The turnovers gave the Indians a short field, and Revis turned in a big defensive play with a 55-yard interception return for a score.
Wells said Anthony Albritton and Aaron Phillips both had big days on defense for the Buffs.
Albritton had a team-high 15 tackles, nine solo, while Phillips notched 11.5 tackles, six solo along with a quarterback sack.
Hisatake was just about the only bright spot for the Buffs offensively. He packed the ball 28 times for 153 yards, even after aggravating a knee injury he suffered in the second week of the season against Redmond.
He reinjured the knee late in the second quarter, but came back and played the rest of the game after being out briefly.
The first-round appearance marked the first time the Buffs have made it that far while in Class 4A. The last time the Buffs went this far in the playoffs, was in 2005, when they were in Class 3A.
"We just need to continue on this path," Wells said. "That's the key to the whole thing. We need to keep the momentum that we have. We should be a team to be reckoned with for years to come."
Madras finished the season 5-6 overall, 3-2 in the Tri-Valley Conference, and a third-place finish in the TVC.
Wells said the all-conference team will come out Wednesday, and there should be some solid Madras representation on the team.