Fast start carries TigerScots to victory

W-M scores on its first five possessions in a 41-0 romp.

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IRRIGON — By scoring on its first five offensive possessions and mixing in one defensive touchdown as well, Weston-McEwen was never challenged here Friday as it defeated Irrigon 41-0 for its first Blue Mountain Conference football victory of the season.


Elliot Salter scored two of the TigerScots’ offensive touchdowns on passes of 11 yards from Kyle Watts and 26 yards from Dallas Reich as Weston-McEwen put up 34 first-quarter points and improved to 2-4 on the season. The TigerScots take a 1-3 league record to Enterprise on Friday.


Irrigon’s record dipped to 0-4 in the BMC and 0-5 for the year.


"The bottom line is, both programs were looking for a win," W-M coach Kenzie Hansell said. "I thought our kids came out and executed well to begin the game, and we continued to execute throughout the game."


Watts, the TigerScots’ senior quarterback who returned from an injury last week, passed 15 yards to Reich for the TigerScots’ initial touchdown. Reich, a sophomore who replaced Watts at QB while he was sidelined with an injury, shared the QB duties Friday night.


Watts completed 2-of-4 passes for 26 yards and two touchdowns, and Reich was 5-for-9 passing for 59 yards and two scores. Reich’s second TD pass was a 16-yarder to Aaron Speed in the second quarter for the final score of the game.


Speed also found the end zone on a 55-yard pass interception return in the first period, and Corbin Hegdal ran 42 yards for a touchdown. Jesus Ceja connected on 3-of-5 conversion kicks and Salter took in a two-point conversion pass from Reich to round out the TigerScots’ scoring.


Hegdal led all rushers with 52 yards on just two carries.


Hansell indicated that Watts and Reich would continue to share the quarterback duties. Reich shifts to a wide receiver slot when Watts is the QB, and Watts lines up at fullback when Reich is under center.


"They are both very competitive players, and to have them both in the huddle only makes our team better," Hansell said. "And we have set plays where they each know what position they are at."

Weston-McEwen 34 7 0 0 — 41
Irrigon 0 0 0 0 — 0

W-M — Dallas Reich 15 pass from Kyle Watts (Elliot Salter pass from Reich).
W-M — Salter 11 pass from Watts (pass failed).
W-M — Speed 55 pass interception return (Ceja kick).
W-M — Salter 26 pass from Reich (Jesus Ceja kick).
W-M — Corbin Hegdal 42 run (Ceja kick).
W-M — Aaron Speed 16 pass from Reich (kick failed).
W-M Irrigon
Rushes/yards 40-150 33-108
Passing yards 85 79
Passes (att-comp-int) 13-7-0 27-7-5
Individual Statistics
RUSHING — Weston-McEwen: Christopher 4-31, Hegdal 2-52, Salter 7-13, Hanby 6-26, Reich 1-3, Sherman 2-8, Watts 1-(-5), Lively 11-19, Ramirez 6-8, Sundin 2-5; Irrigon: not available.
PASSING — Weston-McEwen: Reich 5-9-0, 59 yards, 2 touchdowns; Watts 2-4-0, 26 yards, 2 touchdown. Irrigon: not available.
RECEIVING — Weston-McEwen: Reich 1-15-1, Salter 4-42-2, Speed 2-34-1, Hegdal 1-12; Irrigon: unavailable.

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