As of Saturday, November 18, 2017
HILLSBORO -- Falls City's football team's run in the 1A state playoffs came to an end on Saturday. No. 2 Dufur defeated the sixth-seeded Mountaineers 58-28 in the semifinals at Liberty High School.
"I'm proud of the guys," coach Laric Cook said. "We just made too many mistakes today."
Falls City started the game strong. The Mountaineers marched down the field on a drive capped off by a 24-yard touchdown pass from Jesse Sickles to Noah Sickles to put Falls City up 8-0 in the first quarter.
Dufur roared back, scoring three touchdowns to grab an 18-8 lead early in the second quarter. Jesse Sickles tossed a touchdown pass to Austin Burgess to pull within 18-14. The Rangers answered with a touchdown to go up 26-14 with 2:14 left in the first half.
With no timeouts left, the Mountaineers drove 56 yards to score thanks to an 11-yard pass from Jeremy Labrado to Burgess that closed the gap to 26-22 with 10 seconds left in the half.
Dufur, however, returned the ensuing kick off for a touchdown to take a 32-22 lead into the half.
Opening the second half, the Rangers scored 20 unanswered points to pull away and stretch their lead to 52-22 with 4:57 left in the game.
Falls City scored its final points on a 68-yard pass from Jesse Sickles to Reid Simmons and Dufur scored the final touchdown of the game with 40 seconds left in the game.
The Mountaineers finished the season with a 9-2 record. Both of the team's losses came to Dufur.
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