Ranger gridders storm Pirates
By Jesse Phelps
Ranger football is back on track.
After their week one demolition at Moorpark, the Rangers needed
a boost and they got it with a hard-fought 21-6 victory at Santa
Ynez on Friday night.
As usual, the Rangers made use of a powerful ground attack to
deliver the win.
Junior tailback Will Strong had his finest game of the young
season, gaining 97 yards on 23 carries, most in the crucial second
half. Senior Clark Bigler racked up another 48 yards on only
seven carries as the Rangers tallied an impressive 184 yards
on the ground.
Josh Catlett and Marty Vogel each scored a touchdown running
behind coach Cliff Farrar's favorite jumbo goal line package.
And junior quarterback Ryan Whitcomb, back from an injury that
kept him out of last week's game, completed three of eight passes
for 32 yards, a touchdown and one interception.
The game was scoreless through one quarter, but a 35-yard punt
return by junior wideout and return man Andy Doyle at the end
of the period put Nordhoff on a short field.
After a series of run plays, Catlett punched it in from a yard
out and Trevor Wright's extra point made it 7-0.
Not to be outdone, Santa Ynez drove down the field on its next
possession, scoring on a screen pass from 6 yards out. The PAT
Nordhoff wasted a nice kick return from Bigler on its next drive,
stalling out after a series of incompletions and penalties, setting
the Pirates up for another scoring opportunity.
But, again, the home team was victimized by a missed kick. Nordhoff's
Paul Chesser got in position to block the kick, causing the kicker
to err as the half came to an end at 7-6 Rangers.
In the third quarter, Nordhoff squandered an opportunity with
a fumble inside the Santa Ynez 20-yard line. But the Rangers
made good a few series later when they drove for a score behind
some nice option runs from Whitcomb and some nifty moves from
"Strong ran the ball very effectively for us in the second
half," Farrar said.
Vogel scored on a 3 yard run off-tackle and Wright's PAT put
Nordhoff up by eight.
After another extended drive by the Pirates ended in another
missed field goal attempt, the Rangers put the game away when
Whitcomb threw a 16-yard touchdown to slot receiver Max Thomas.
Wright's third PAT was good and the Rangers took a 21-6 lead
that was never challenged.
For the game, Bigler averaged 34 yards per punt, with a long
of 54 yards. "Clark's doing a heck of a job getting us field
position," said Farrar. "And the backs did a nice job,
not only running but also blocking for each other. We were pleased
with that. We expect each back to be able to block and run and
they showed that. Max (Thomas) made it easy to get to the outside
with his blocking on the perimeter. It was a good game, a very
The nonleague win evened the Rangers' record at 1-1 heading into
this week's contest Thursday with Marmonte League foe, Calabasas.
Farrar said he'd love to see a full stadium for the first home
game of the year, against a tough opponent.
"They've got good-sized kids," he said. "We're
just hoping it takes them another week before they gel. I hope
we have a good turnout Thursday."
The Rangers will begin Tri-Valley League play with a game at
home against Carpinteria on
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