The Outlaws put in a valiant effort against sixth-ranked Dufur for their homecoming game Friday night but came up short against the Rangers, 52-16. Coach Rusty Eschler said the team played hard, but the Rangers were tough.

“Dufur is pretty darn good,” Eschler said.

Several Outlaws recorded outstanding stats with Trace Evans racking up 112 yards rushing and a touchdown. Jake Coggins was close behind with 93 yards on the ground and also nailed a two-point conversion.

On the receiving end, Coy Aschenbrenner caught a 20 yard TD pass from quarterback Jacob Amaro. Dylan Marr caught a three yard pass and had a two-point conversion. Amaro, in his first QB start, was 2 for 3 in passing with no interceptions.

“He was a little nervous, but his teammates helped him through it,” Eschler said. “He did a good job.”

In spite of the loss, Eschler had high praise for his team. “The kids’ spirits are still high, and they’re a pretty good group of young men,” he said.

The loss left the Outlaws at sixth place in 1A Special District 3 - West with a 1-3 league record. They travel to Sherman County on Friday for a 7 p.m. battle.

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