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Big second half fuels Dufur’s win

Anthony Thomas, in middle, leads a swarm of Dufur defenders for a tackle in Friday’s 56-14 drubbing of Imbler on Homecoming night in Dufur.

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Anthony Thomas, in middle, leads a swarm of Dufur defenders for a tackle in Friday’s 56-14 drubbing of Imbler on Homecoming night in Dufur.



DUFUR – It was a tale of two halves in Dufur’s gridiron battle with Imbler.

For 24 minutes, the Panthers had some extra juice with hopes of knocking off the three-time state champions.

The No. 5-ranked Rangers, however, lowered the boom with 28 unanswered points in 56-14 victory on Homecoming night Friday at Dufur High School.

Ahead by a 28-14 score at the start of the second half, Tanner Masterson all but put the game away with a 74-yard touchdown rush on Dufur’s first possession.

Later in the third quarter, Abraham Kilby took a handoff six yards for a score, and then in the final period, Masterson tacked on a 14-yard scamper and Derek Frakes connected with Asa Farrell on a 13-yard pass play.

In the first quarter, Masterson took Dufur’s opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and he later had an 11-yard score to run the lead to 14-0.

No. 12-ranked Imbler (5-2 overall, 4-2 league) got to within a 14-6 deficit entering the second quarter, but Frakes completed a 60-yard pass to Cooper Bales and Farrell had a 43-yard punt return, which increased Dufur’s lead to 28-6.

Overall, Dufur (7-0, 6-0) tallied 404 yards, 308 rushing on 37 rushes.

Farrell led the ground game with 16 carries for 130 yards, Masterson ended up with 119 on 11 attempts and Kilby’s lone carry netted an end zone trip.

Bales had one catch for 60 yards and a score, Farrell added his 13-yard touchdown, both Anthony Thomas and Masterson had one grab apiece for eight yards, and Cole Kortge finished with seven yards on one catch.

Imbler had 194 yards on 61 plays, with all the yards coming on the ground.

Farrell posted a team-leading 15 tackles, Masterson and Kaleb Pence tacked on nine each, Russell Peters registered eight and Thomas notched six tackles.

Up next, Dufur travels to No. 9 and undefeated Pilot Rock (6-0, 6-0) for a first-place showdown at 7 p.m. Thursday.



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