If they gave rings for Oregon 8-man football state championships as they do at the Super Bowl, Dufur Ranger Coach Jack Henderson would have one for each finger and thumb on both hands. Saturday, the Rangers were able to overcome a tough St. Paul Buckaroos team and earned their 10th state football championship title, their fourth straight.
Henderson is the all-time winning coach in Oregon football history at any level, and the teams he coached have been magic if they can get to the championship game. The only one they’ve ever lost was their first, in 1992, 38 to 36 to St. Paul
The win Saturday also capped their second undefeated season, and extended a win streak to 33 straight games over three seasons. Their last loss was to Sherman 30 to 24 on September 30, 2016. They’ve also won 45 out of their last 46 games, going back to a 32 to 30 loss on October 2, 2015 to — you guessed it — Sherman again. In those 46 games, they scored a total of 1,689 points to their opponents’ 501. The Rangers averaged 52 points per game against 12 for their opponents.
Henderson credits the support of the community, the buy-in from the parents and the dedication of the team for their continued success.
To listen to the game, click on the grey podcast bars below:
- Introduction of the game with Scott Thomas
3. Kickoff and First Quarter
4. Second Quarter
6. Third Quarter
7. Fourth Quarter
8. Postgame show