Rangers win 21-0 in football opener

“I haven’t been this happy in about 12 months,” Estacada head coach Brigham Baker said after his team’s first win of the season.

For Baker, it was completely understandable. Just one year after advancing all the way to the state semifinals in 2010, the Rangers finished 1-9 last season, including a heartbreaking playoff loss at Roosevelt.

The good news, however, is that the past is behind them and the 2012 Rangers are already off to a good start.

Estacada got things going on its first drive of the game against Taft, marching all the way down and scoring on a Brandon Beck rushing touchdown to take a 7-0 lead.

That score stood up with the Rangers taking that lead into halftime.

The Rangers would add touchdowns in the third and fourth quarter from quarterback Bryan Rhone and another from Beck to extend the lead to 21-0 before the final whistle blew.

“Defensively we did really well to prepare the kids and they did an awesome job of executing,” Baker said. “Offensively, we made a couple mistakes that kept us from scoring more because we could have had at least one more touchdown if not two.”

Offensively the star of the game was Beck, the team’s junior fullback, who finished with 115 yards and the two touchdowns on 18 carries. The Ranger quarterback, Rhone, finished 4/10 passing the ball for 89 yards and an interception. Four of those incompletions, however, were drops.

Defensively, Steven Weaver finished the game with eight tackles and an interception, while Beck added 10 tackles and a fumble recovery. Luke Youngberg finished with eight tackles and forced the fumble that Beck recovered.

“We just had kids in the right spots at the right time and they did a good job just doing what they were supposed to,” Baker said. “Defensively, it’s hard to critique a shutout, but we want kids to stay hungry and to keep the other team out of the endzone.”

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