Estacada romps to an opening win over Crook County
Estacada carried a two-touchdown lead late in the third quarter and the following five minutes would secure the Rangers' convincing 34-20 win over Crook County to open the Tri-Valley Conference football season Friday night.
It all started with a goal-line stand that saw the Cowboys come up empty on four consecutive plays inside the 10-yard line.
Estacada flipped the field in a hurry when QB Nick Keller faked a toss in the backfield and instead looped a pass downfield to Wyatt Riedel, who had slipped behind the Crook County defense. He pulled out of a diving ankle tackle by Jacob Kleffner and was off to the races.
The play cover 79 yards and ended with Riedel in the end zone, although a penalty for a block in the back pulled the ball out of the end zone.
Five plays later, Riedel would plunge over the left side for a touchdown that was rightfully his.
The Cowboys put the ball on the turf two plays later, and Estacada was in business again.
Keller hit Logan Stamm rolling out of the backfield for a 20-yard touchdown catch that put the game out of reach 34-6.
Estacada (3-1) travels to Madras next Friday, while Crook County hosts Woodburn in a nonleague game.
View photos from the game at daveball.exposuremanager.com.
Look for expanded coverage ahead in our Sept. 28, print edition of the Estacada News.