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No. 5 Dufur cruises

The Dufur Rangers kept up their eye-opening offensive pace with 430 yards, one score each through the air, on defense and special teams in a 62-16 route of Arlington Friday in Big Sky Conference gridiron action in Arlington.

Dufur started out fast against the host Honkers with the first 38 points of the contest, as Nick Little broke the seal on things with a 50-yard run.

Trever Tibbets then hauled in an 80-yard pass from quarterback Cole Parke and followed that up with a 10-yard scamper to make the score 22-0 after 12 minutes.

Little added a 45-yard interception and he notched a 36-yard scoring jaunt to swell the Ranger cushion to 38-0.

After an Arlington tally, Bailey Keever joined in the touchdown party with a long 53-yard run to give Dufur a healthy 44-8 halftime advantage.

Nick Little scored again in the third frame from 10 yards out, Tibbets plunged in from a yard out and Parke capped the scoring with a 50-yard kickoff return.

Off the 288 yards on the ground, Little had five carries for 167 yards, and Keever checked in with two carries for 53 yards.

Even Jon Keyser got in on the act with two rushes for a career-high 41 yards, and Ethan Wetherbee added eight yards.

Parke finished 3 for 5 with 142 yards passing. Jake Little had a catch for 60 yards, Tibbets had his 80-yarder and Kurt Nuevo grabbed a reception for two yards.

Dufur is now 4-0 so far, and coach Jack Henderson said they played well in stretches, but had assignment breakdown that need to be fixed.

“Our younger kids played over half the game and made a major step forward in terms of execution and playing hard, they are working hard and improving significantly,” he said.

Dufur (4-0 overall, 1-0 league) heads to Echo for a 7 p.m. contest Friday.

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