La Salle visits Estacada Friday as defending state champion

For Ranger fans, the thought of things getting any worse than they did in the 48-7 loss to Gladstone is disturbing. Unfortunately, with defending state champion La Salle coming to town this Friday, the Rangers had better be prepared for a big challenge.

In fact, La Salle handed Gladstone its only loss of the season — a 19-7 beating — at the end of September.

“They spanked Gladstone pretty good, so it will be interesting to see what we’re able to do to them,” Estacada head coach Brigham Baker said. “They have a good quarterback, who was the offensive player of the year in the state last season, and a good running back as well. They’re pretty balanced offensively because they do whatever they want.”

The good news for Estacada is that the humbling game against Gladstone might have been the best preparation they could have received.

“We have our work cut out for us, but we have a good plan in place,” Baker said. “We’re going to stay with the same thing, we just need to be more consistent.”

When asked whether there was any one player who needed to step up for Estacada to be successful this week, Baker emphasized the importance of a full team performance.

“We don’t have one guy who can take over the game, which is nice because that means all the pressure isn’t on one guy,” he said. “Instead, we put pressure on everybody and so if we win this week, it will need to be a complete team effort.”

The game kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday in what could be the season’s first home game plagued by rain.

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