STANFIELD — General George S. Patton once said, "In war the only sure defense is offense, and the efficiency of the offense depends on the warlike souls of those conducting it."
The Stanfield and Weston-McEwen football teams apparently took Patton’s proclamation to heart here Friday night in a wild Blue Mountain Conference game. The two teams combined to light up the scoreboard for 100 points, while piling up 854 yards of offense.
Unfortunately for the visiting TigerScots, the souls and bodies of the Tigers proved more warlike as Stanfield took the 68-32 victory.
"We physically didn’t match up with them," Weston-McEwen coach Kenzie Hansell said. "Their guys obviously have spent some time in the weightroom.
The more physical Tigers amassed 373 yards on the ground, many of them on straight dives.
"We knew what they were going to do," Hansell said. "We game-planned to stop the run, but they moved the ball on us anyway."
Even outsized, the TigerScot chances for victory seemed high in the first quarter. The TigerScots took the ball on their opening drive 53 yards in four plays to take an early 8-0 lead. The key play was a perfectly thrown Dallas Reich to Aaron Speed deep ball for 46 yards and six points against good one-on-one Tiger coverage.
On the first play of the Tigers’ second drive, Stanfield running back Quinton Grogan broke a long run straight up the middle. Already 48 yards down field, Grogan appeared destined for the end zone when Reich chased him down from behind and hatcheted the ball free at the 17. The TigerScots then took the ball 83 yards in 20 plays, finishing with a 4-yard Elliot Salter touchdown run to extend the lead to 14-0.
Stanfield started its next drive on its own 25. On the first play, quarterback Derek Monkus coughed up the football as he was being sacked. TigerScot linebacker Drew Greenwalt scooped up the loose pigskin and dashed 20 yards untouched to paydirt.
Down 20-0 at the start of the second quarter, Stanfield’s offense finally sprang to life.
The Tigers drove 77 yards in just over three minutes to score their first touchdown. Weston-McEwen’s Speed fumbled the short ensuing kickoff, which Tiger Jose Mancilla recovered at the TigerScot 44. Six plays later, Monkus connected with Trey Blevins on a 14-yard touchdown pass — the first of three touchdowns the duo would share.
Then the floodgates opened.
Reich started a late second-quarter drive with a fumble which the Tigers recovered. Stanfield moved the ball quickly, scoring with 1:53 left in the half on the second Monkus-to-Blevins touchdown. The extra point failed leaving the TigerScots with a thin 20-19 lead which they hoped to take into halftime.
But on the second play of the next drive, Reich was intercepted by Stanfield’s Salvador Mancilla. Two plays later, brother Jose Mancilla sprinted 41 yards for another Tiger touchdown at 1:16. On the second play of W-M’s next drive Reich pitched the ball to no one. Jose Mancilla grabbed the leather and raced 34 yards for another touchdown.
In that span of 59 seconds, the Tigers scored 21 points to take a 34-20 lead which they would not relinquish.
"Those two quick scores before half really hurt," Hansell said. "It was a big switch in momentum."
Jose Mancilla scored touchdowns four times. Altogether, Mancilla scored 29 of the Tigers’ 68 points — his PATs included.
Despite running up huge chunks of offense, both sides played sloppily. The TigerScots finished with six turnovers, including a late 99-yard interception return for touchdown by Tiger freshman Ulises Ibarra. Stanfield committed three turnovers.
Stanfield also committed 13 penalties for 121 yards, a whopping seven of which resulted in Weston-McEwen first downs.
W-M 20 0 12 0 — 32
Stanfield 0 34 22 12 — 68
W-M — Speed 46 pass from Reich (Christopher pass from Reich).
W-M — Salter 4 run (pass failed).
W-M — Greenwalt 20 fumble return for touchdown (kick failed).
Sta — Grogan 1 run (kick failed).
Sta — Blevins 14 pass from Monkus (J. Mancilla kick).
Sta — Blevins 25 pass from Monkus (kick failed).
Sta — J. Mancilla 41 run (Grogan run).
Sta — J. Mancilla 34 fumble return for touchdown (J. Mancilla kick).
Sta — Grogan 3 run (J. Mancilla kick).
W-M — Hegdal 13 pass from Reich (pass failed).
Sta — J. Mancilla 17 run (J. Mancilla kick).
Sta — J. Mancilla 73 pass from Monkus (J. Mancilla kick).
W-M — Reich 32 pass from Watts (pass failed)
Sta — Blevins 5 pass from Monkus (kick failed).
Sta — Ibarra 99 interception return for touchdown (kick failed).
First downs 22 23
Rushes/yards 35-88 44-373
Passing yards 239 154
Passes (att-comp-int) 44-21-2 9-7-0
Punts 3-33 2-28
Fumbles-lost 6-4 4-3
Penalties-yards 3-25 13-121
RUSHING — W-M: Reich 9-14, Salter 10-34, Hegdal 1-3, Thul 1-(-3), Christopher 1-2, Sherman 1-0, Lambert 1-2, Ramirez 5-16, Hamby 1-0, Peterson 1-(-6), Denton 4-26; Stanfield: Grogan 22-169, J. Mancilla 8-122, Baros 11-82, Monkus 3-0.
PASSING — W-M: Reich 17-37-1, 151 yards 2, TDs; Watts 1-2-0, 32 yards, 1 TD; McGill 3-5-1, 56 yards. Stanfield: Monkus 7-9-0, 154 yards, 4 TDs.
RECEIVING — W-M: Speed 5-64-1, Hegdal 5-30-1, Christopher 3-15-0, Salter 3-26-0, Thul 2-16-0, Reich 1-32-1, Pease 1-17-0, Holland 2-39-0; Stanfield: Grogan 2-24-0, Watson 1-13-0, Blevins 3-44-3, J. Mancilla 1-73-1.