ESTACADA— In a game that mostly took place in the trenches, it was a big play on the outside that made the difference for Estacada.
Late in the third quarter with the Rangers down by six and facing a 3rd & 12 from their own 35-yard line, quarterback Nick Keller found an open Wyatt Riedel streaking down the sideline for the 65-yard touchdown. It turned out to be the game-winning score as Estacada took down 3A power Scio by a score of 21-20 on Friday night.
Keller would throw two touchdowns to Riedel and run for another score to lead the Rangers to victory.
Estacada's only regular season loss last year was at the hands of Scio, so this non-conference win meant a little bit extra to the Rangers.
"It felt great to beat (Scio). They got us last year when we thought we had them," Keller said. "We regained our focus and we were able to get the job done."
The victory also was special to Estacada head coach Andy Mott, who had never beaten Scio as a coach or player.
"It's one of those things where Scio Has just been a nemesis and I just wanted to get a win," Mott said. "They always have a good program."
The combination of Keller and Riedel put Estacada on the board first as Keller found Riedel on a double-move for a 21-yard touchdown to give the Rangers the early 6-0 lead.
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