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No. 3 Rangers secure Big Sky Conference crown

With an opportunity to claim a second straight league crown, the No. 3-ranked Dufur Rangers left nothing to chance against Condon-Wheeler.

Trever Tibbets had 240 yards of total offense, Kurt Nuevo hit paydirt for the second consecutive week and the Rangers cruised to a 58-8 victory over the Condon-Wheeler Knights Friday in Big Sky Conference football action in Condon.

In all, Tibbets had four catches for 100 yards and two receiving scores and racked up 19 carries for a game-high 140 yards and two more tallies on the ground.

With Nick Little and Bailey Keever on the shelf with injuries, Dufur coach Jack Henderson continues to see the overall development of his bruising running back.

“Trever has become a multiple threat guy which makes our offense significantly better,” Henderson said.

Tibbets scampered free in the opening half, as he accounted for the first four scores of the game.

The junior started the scoring with a 45-yard reception from quarterback Cole Parke, he followed that score with a 35-yard scamper and tacked on a 6-yard score to move the Rangers ahead by a 22-0 marker after 12 minutes of play.

Midway through the second quarter, Tibbets completed his superfecta with a 55-yard jaunt to swell the lead up to 30-0.

Before the opening half buzzer went off, Jake Little added to the scoring binge by hauling in a 15-yard pass from Parke to give the Rangers a huge 38-0 halftime cushion.

Jake Little padded the Dufur lead in the third frame on a 56-yard scoring run, and Parke kicked in a four-yard tally to move Dufur in front, 52-0 entering the final quarter.

Nuevo then capped the scoring on a 53-yard run to make it 58-0.

With time running out, and the Ranger defense hanging on to a shutout, the Knights were able to add a crooked number to the scoreboard to cap the scoring summary.

Jake Little proved his double threat capabilities with 56 yards on the ground to go along with his three catches for 80 yards.

By adding his speedy element to an already stout offense, things could be even better for a Ranger offense that is currently ranked second in the 1A classification at 544 points (60.4 points a contest).

“Jake Little played the best game of his life on both sides of the ball, when he performs at that level it makes us significantly better,” Henderson said.

Nuevo had a season-high 72 yards rushing, and Jon Keyser was good for four yards on two totes.

In the air, Parke completed 7 of 11 passes for 180 yards and three scores.

“Cole threw the ball well and kept Condon off balance defensively,” Henderson said.

Once again, Dufur’s defense proved to be one of the elite units in the state, holding an opponent to one touchdown for the second consecutive game.

Overall, the Rangers rank fifth in the state in scoring defense, with 19.5 points allowed through nine games.

Henderson highlighted the play of his defensive line for holding their own against a physical Condon front.

“(Austin) Olson and (Zach) Christiansen played well on the defensive line,” Henderson said.

Dufur (9-0 overall, 5-0 league) hosts No. 13 Crane (7-1, 4-1) in a day game at 1 p.m. Friday.

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