MADRAS — A field goal gave Madras an early lead, then a La Pine fumble gave the White Buffaloes both the football and momentum in front of an enthusiastic home crowd.
But a stout La Pine defense stopped the next Madras drive on downs and kept the Buffs out of the end zone all night in the Hawks’ 22-3 nonleague win Friday night.
Quarterback Riley Pinckney ran for a touchdown and passed for another, and in between Adam Plant scored on a 2-yard run to lead La Pine, which improved to 2-0.
Madras opened the scoring in the first quarter when a drive stalled deep in La Pine territory and the Buffaloes settled for a field goal by Tyriek Rodriguez with under three minutes left in the period.
On the last play of the quarter, La Pine fumbled near midfield and Madras recovered. But the Hawks defense stopped the Buffs at the La Pine 37-yard line, and the visitors started a clock-burning drive that would last 12 plays and ended with Pinckney’s 1-yard quarterback sneak for a touchdown with 2:39 left in the half.
Pinckney then passed to Aaron Neuroth for a two-point conversion, and the Hawks took an 8-3 lead into the break.
In the third quarter, a short Madras punt and a long run from scrimmage by Oscar Steffens set up Plant’s touchdown run, and a two-point conversion pushed La Pine’s lead to 16-3. Pinckney tossed a short TD pass to Dylan Westbrook midway through the fourth quarter to account for the final score.
The Hawks play the second of three consecutive road games next Friday at Burns, while Madras (1-1) travels to Rainier.