The Dufur defense had its best performance of the season Friday, posting three interceptions, a fumble recovery, eight tackles for a loss and just 11 yards passing in a 50-0 shutout victory on the road against Adrian.
Adrian managed 138 yards of offense, led by Ryker Murray and Ed Munoz, who had 114 yards rushing on 33 carries.
Bailey Keever, Asa Farrell and Cole Kortge each posted interceptions, and Travis Lucas had a fumble recovery.
Last season, the Rangers did not post a shutout, but held opposing teams to a touchdown of less four different times, so this effort against a prolific offense is a step in the right direction.
“Our defense is improving weekly,” said Dufur head coach Jack Henderson. “We are getting to the ball pretty well. Hagen Pence is doing a great job at linebacker for us. He has taken a huge step forward this year on both sides of the ball. Defensively, I would say that we are much improved as a team this year, but have plenty of room for improvement throughout the season.”
While the defense stood tall for four quarters, the offense scored six first-half touchdowns, four in the first period and had five drives of three plays or fewer.
Dufur started the scoring with an eight-play, 27-yard drive, capped by a one-yard plunge by Keever.
Keever then added a 55-yard touchdown pass to Curtis Crawford and finished off a three-play, 43-yard possession with a 27-yard scoring pass to Farrell.
Pence ended the opening quarter with a 15-yard run to give the Rangers a 30-0 advantage.
Dufur went 3 for 4 on two-point conversions, two on runs by Keever and the other on a jaunt by Farrell.
The Rangers scored three more times in the second quarter, as Pence hit paydirt from 25 yards out on a running play, Keever tacked on a 38-yard punt return and Pence gave Dufur a 50-0 lead with a 35-yard touchdown scamper.
Keever completed 4 of 8 passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns.
Crawford had one catch for 55 yards, Farrell also totaled one catch for 27 yards and a score and Kolbe Bales had 14 yards on one grab.
Pence carried the ball 10 times for 102 yards and three scores, and Keever had 25 yards.
After a tough opening game, Keever appears to be back playing at the all-state level he was at last year.
“Bailey is doing a great job at quarterback,” Henderson said. “We have some people in new positions this year, which has taken some time to smooth things out. Bailey is in his third year as starting quarterback; the experience he brings is a huge benefit to our team.”
No. 4-ranked Dufur (3-0 overall) hosts No. 7 Perrydale (2-1) at 7 p.m. on Friday.
Sherman cruises past Ione, 50-0
The Sherman Huskies had five touchdowns of 34 yards or more, including three 80-yard scores in the first quarter, in a 50-0 rout of Ione Friday in a Big Sky Conference contest at Ione High School.
“I was very proud how we started the game and played with passion,” said Sherman head coach Bill Blevins. “We came out and executed a balanced offensive attack.”
At three minutes and 28 seconds into action, the Huskies started their offensive onslaught on an 80-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Fields to Isaiah Coles.
A minute later, Jacob Justesen returned a punt 80 yards for a score, Coles added a 34-yard scoring jaunt and Maverick Winslow gave the Huskies a 28-0 lead after an 80-yard touchdown run.
Sherman scored two times in the second period, using an 11-yard run by Winslow and he later added a 45-yard catch with 16 seconds left in the half to swell the lead to 44-0.
The Huskies totaled 126 yards on the ground and 236 through the air.
Coles hit the end zone from two yards out in the third quarter to finish the scoring.
Winslow racked up 107 yards rushing with two touchdowns and he had two catches for 60 yards and another touchdown.
Coles also had two touchdowns to go with his 70 yards rushing and he had three catches for 130 yards and a trip to the end zone.
Justesen had four catches for 98 yards, and Fields ended the night by completing 9 of 15 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns.
Sherman made good on 4 of 7 conversions, two by Justesen and one apiece by Max and Treve Martin.
The Husky defense had one interception by Treve Martin and fumble recoveries by Kyle Hensley and Makoa Whitaker.
Whitaker posted a team-leading eight tackles, Treve Martin had four solo tackles and five assisted tackles.
Ione (0-3 overall, 0-1 league) did not complete a pass on eight attempts and rushed the ball 39 times for 143 yards, 46 of those coming in the second half of play.
Henry Padberg led Ione with 14 carries for 49 yards, and Aaron Smythe picked up 45 yards on seven rushes.
Senior quarterback Cord Flynn was 0 for 7 passing.
The No. 14 Huskies (2-1, 1-0) put their top defense and offense on display again at home at 7 p.m. Friday for a league matchup against South Wasco County (0-2).