UNION -- Dallas Reich threw for three touchdowns and received another here Friday night to help lead Weston-McEwen to a 49-14 victory over Union at the Bobcat Sports Complex.
The win, in the Blue Mountain Conference and regular-season football finale for both schools, improved the TigerScots' BMC record to 3-4 and overall mark to 4-5. Weston-McEwen ended 2009 with triumphs in three of its final four games.
"We needed it," W-M coach Kenzie Hansell said. "That's what we wanted to do. Our goal was to come out ready to play. It was a team effort."
The Tiger Scots scored on three of their first four possessions of the game. Reich had a hand in all three instances.
On the second play from scrimmage, Reich connected with Miles Thul for a 53-yard touchdown at the 11:11 mark of the opening period. The first of seven successful PAT kicks from Jesus Ceja gave Weston-McEwen a 7-0 lead.
Reich caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Watts on the TigerScots' second series that ended a six-play, 61-yard drive with 7:56 showing on the first-quarter clock and doubled Weston-McEwen's advantage to 14-0.
Union's Brandon George got the Bobcats within eight, 14-6, with a 1-yard plunge just 35 seconds into the second quarter. The touchdown occurred four snaps after a TigerScot fumble.
Weston-McEwen, though, recaptured control of the contest with four six-pointers before halftime. Reich tossed touchdown passes of 55 and 17 yards to Aaron Speed and Dakota Brown, respectively. Elliot Salter sandwiched a 58-yard run between the Reich aerials to Speed and Brown. And Reich scrambled for an 18-yard score on the final play of the half to give the TigerScots a 42-6 lead at intermission.
W-M's defense produced the final TigerScots' touchdown of the night. Brown picked off a Koben Opie pass and raced 49 yards to pay dirt at the 10:57 mark of the third quarter. The interception was one of four in the game for Weston-McEwen.
Bobcat running back Vincent Stucky closed out the scoring with 11:36 left in the final period with a 2-yard run. George added a two-point conversion rush moments later.
Salter ended the game with 102 yards on 11 carries.
The TigerScots ended up with 357 yards of total offense -- 189 passing and 168 rushing.
Friday's game was the last for eight Weston-McEwen seniors -- Watts, Brown, Michael Sherman, Corban Hegdal, Miguel Penaloza, Brandon Garrett, Tylor Bushman, and Levi Henderson.
"It was a good way to send the seniors off," Hansell said. "We're going to miss the seniors. No doubt about it."
Weston-McEwen 14 28 7 0 -- 49
Union 0 6 0 8 -- 14
W-M -- Thul 53 pass from Reich (Ceja kick).
W-M -- Reich 8 pass from Watts (Ceja kick).
Union -- George 1 run (run failed).
W-M -- Speed 55 pass from Reich (Ceja kick).
W-M -- Salter 58 run (Ceja kick).
W-M -- Brown 17 pass from Reich (Ceja kick).
W-M -- Reich 18 run (Ceja kick).
W-M -- Brown 49 interception return (Ceja kick).
Union -- Stucky 2 run (George run).
First downs 11 11
Rushes/yards 35-168 38-108
Passing yards 189 94
Passes (att-comp-int) 7-7-0 27-9-4
Punts 2-37.5 2-30
Fumbles-lost 5-1 1-0
Penalties-yards 11-71 9-45
RUSHING -- Weston-McEwen: Salter 11-102, Watts 3-25, Reich 3-20, Hegdal 2-10, Hamby 1-10, McGill 1-4, Lively 1-3, Kobasa 1-3, Sherman 1-2, Ramirez 1-2, Penaloza 1-1, Team 2-0, Peterson 1-(-1), Sundin 2-(-1), Christopher 4-(-12); Union: Black 3-48, Stucky 8-22, George 8-16, Opie 5-10, Cole 5-10, Gregory 9-2.
PASSING -- Weston-McEwen: Reich 3-3-0, 125 yards, 3 TDs, Watts 3-3-0, 54 yards, 1 TD, McGill 1-1-0, 10 yards, 0 TDs; Union: Opie 9-27-4, 94 yards, 0 TDs.
RECEIVING -- Weston-McEwen: Hegdal 2-46-0, Speed 1-55-1, Thul 1-53-1, Brown 1-17-1, Holland 1-10-0, Reich 1-8-1; Union: Cronen 3-25-0, Gregory 3-14-0, Woodward 2-49-0, Cole 1-6-0.