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Jacob Valadez

Senior Brayden Bafidis takes the ball down the field in just one of the seven times he touched the ball against Wagner. He scored a 28-yard receiving touchdown, returned a punt for 10 yards, returned a kickoff for 17 yards and ran for 24 yards on four carries.

Ice, ice baby

Football puts chill on Wagner in district opener

Football took home its first district win of the season Friday at Rutledge Stadium against Wagner. 

Rangers took the lead early with 6:02 left in the first quarter when senior Brayden Bafidis scored on a 28-yard reception. Clayton Amaya secured the extra point, opening the game 7-0. Senior Weston Ross scored another touchdown on a 6-yard reception from quarterback Chase Senelick (8-10 completion, 163 yards, 3 touchdowns) with 20 seconds left in the quarter.

Wide receiver TJ Hunt scored another TD on a 6-yard pass in the second quarter, putting the Rangers up 21-0, courtesy of an Amaya PAT. 

The defense allowed Wagner’s first touchdown toward the end of the second quarter. The Rangers closed out the half 21-7. 

In the second half, the Rangers stepped up their defensive game with three sacks from juniors Jaxson Maynard (three sacks in the game) and junior Nicolas Dudzikowski and senior Gavin Woods, who holds the school’s sack record. Senior David De Hoyos also pulled down interception in the game.

Wagner scored its final touchdown of the night in the fourth quarter, with a failed PAT. The ball bounced out of bounds on the return from Wagner. Junior Jackson Duffy iced the game with an interception. 

The Rangers will play district rival Canyon at home Thursday. The theme is “Go Gold” in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. 

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