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Dufur defense looking to pounce

Defense has been the name of the game during Dufur’s three-game winning streak.

Over the past 12 quarters, the Rangers have allowed just two touchdowns and have outscored their opponents by a 194-14 margin.

Today in Mitchell, Dufur will look to keep its strong defensive play going in a road matchup against last-place Mitchell-Spray.

Last week, the Ranger defense forced two turnovers, four punts and held Ione to 135 yards and just two plays of more than 20 yards in a 62-0 whitewash at Dufur.

With Joe Jaeger and Gavin Eastwood, Mitchell-Spray has some abilities on the offensive side of the ball, scoring 83 points in its first two games of the season and they will present some varied looks to try to stymie a Ranger defense that ranks fifth in the state at 12.2 points a clip.

While the Ranger defense suffocated the Cardinals, Bailey Keever connected for three touchdowns with tight end Kolbe Bales and the duo of Asa Farrell and Hagen Pence dialed up a combined 155 yards rushing and receiving and three end zone trips.

Dufur (7-1 overall, 4-1 league), now ranked fifth overall in the 1A class, ran 15 offensive plays in the first quarter and chewed up 175 yards and four touchdowns.

Mitchell-Spray has allowed 247 points in its past five games, all losses, including 121 points in shutout losses against Perrydale and Arlington.

The last-place Eagle-Loggers (2-5, 0-5) run both three-man and four-man fronts on the defensive end with some blitz packages thrown in.

Mitchell-Spray lost last week to South Wasco County in a forfeit.

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