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Adrian holds off Dufur

Playing at a neutral site at Imbler High School Friday, the Adrian Antelopes outscored Dufur 22-6 in the second half and held on to a 44-20 win in a non-league gridiron tilt.

In the opening quarter, each team had drives end in touchdowns and two-point conversions, with the Rangers hitting the scoreboard on a 4-yard run from Nick Little.

Bailey Keever then connected on the conversion pass to Jake Little to end the opening frame at an 8-all standstill.

Adrian hit the end zone two more times in the second quarter, and the Rangers tacked on a 10-yard rumble by Trever Tibbets to run the count to 20-14 Adrian at the break.

The Rangers found touchdowns hard to come by in the final 24 minutes of play, as the only trip to paydirt came in the third frame on a 77-yard connection from Keever to Jake Little.

Adrian wound up working a 22-6 spurt in the second half of action.

Nick Little paced the run game with 157 yards on 12 carries.

Tibbets carried the rock 10 times for 56 yards, and Hagen Pence was good for four totes and 26 yards.

Coming off his 185-yard performance last week, Keever completed 8 of 16 passes for 161 yards.

Jake Little had four grabs for 105 yards and Tibbets managed 56 yards on his four catches.

Heading into the regular season, Dufur coach jack Henderson wanted to test the mettle of his squad with a meat grinder of a schedule against a high caliber of opponents.

With its dual threat quarterback, speedy halfback and hulking tight end, Adrian proved to be right up that alley.

If all goes well, this may not be the only time the two teams lock horns this year.

“Adrian is a very good team that created many challenges for us,” Henderson said. “We have a lot to improve on. We seemed two steps slow all day. We will continue to work hard and improve and look forward to a second meeting with Adrian in the playoffs.”

Dufur (1-1 overall) hosts Arlington for a league contest at 7 p.m. Friday.


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