Buffs shut out by Molalla in TVC matchup
Nothing seemed to go right for the Madras High School football team Saturday afternoon.
Playing in their first day game of the season, the White Buffalos couldnt do much of anything in a 49-0 loss to Molalla at Culver High School.
The loss drops the Buffs to 0-2 in Tri-Valley Conference play, and 2-4 on the year.
Its never fun to get kicked in the teeth, and thats just what happened to us, Madras coach Rick Wells said after the game. Im a little bit speechless right now.
On offense, Madras couldnt move the ball effectively on the ground or through the air. They only got the ball in Molallas red zone, inside the 20-yard line, once.
Madras averaged 3.7 yards per rush, gaining just 126 yards on 34 carries. The Buffs were just 3 for 12 passing with 33 yards, for a total offense of 159 yards.
A bright spot in the Madras offense was the play of senior Jaren Wallulatum. In his first game of the season at running back, Wallulatum broke some nice runs and rushed for 70 yards on 11 carries, with a longest rush of 18 yards. That was the longest run of the day for Madras, as well.
Starting running back Jered Pichette had 13 carries for 48 yards, and also chipped in 91 kick return yards for 139 all-purpose yards.
Big plays hurt Madras the most. Molalla scored four times on plays 40 yards or longer.
We have to block, we have to tackle and we have to execute; its as simple as that, Wells said. And we just didnt do that.
The biggest play of the game for the Buffs was a 31-yard pass play from Chad Lindgren to Cody Shepherd in the second quarter, one of just two passes Lindgren completed in limited action, coming back from a shoulder injury two weeks ago.
Devon Wolfe started at quarterback for Madras, but went down with a neck injury in the third quarter. An ambulance was brought in to take him off the field, but it was found later that the injury wasnt serious, thankfully.
The two biggest plays of the day, 68- and 43-yard touchdown receptions by Molallas Devon Schaefer, were the last score of the first half and the first score of the second half.
Madras linebacker Ethan Short forced a fumble in the third quarter, and then Trevor Parsons pounced on it for the Buffs to regain possession. The fumble came almost immediately after Madras fumbled the ball and gave it back to Molalla after an Isaiah Ganz scoring run with 4:52 left in the third quarter.
After the Ganz score, the 45-point rule was envoked, and the game was played with a running clock the rest of the way.
Wells was more than disappointed by the way the game turned out, saying that they had a pretty good week of practice leading up to the game.
Based on our practices, I really thought we would play a lot better than we actually did, Wells said.
Madras will travel to Milwaukie to take on La Salle at 7 p.m. Thursday.
La Salle Prep is having an uncharacteristic year, and is 0-2 in TVC and 1-5 overall. North Marion upended the Falcons last week in TVC play, 27-26.