PREP FOOTBALL - Waitsburg-Prescott roughs up Reardan, faces Oroville

Kris Cady opens with an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and rushes for 142 yards in W-P's 42-6 rout of Reardan Friday.


WAITSBURG - By the end of its Class 2B crossover football playoff game here Friday night, it could have been said that visiting Reardan had seen enough of Waitsburg-Prescott running back Kris Cady.

Too much, in fact.

Cady, a 6-foot, 185-pound senior, set the tone early by returning the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown, and added three more scores - two rushing and one on a pass reception - in W-P's 42-6 rout of the Indians in a crossover game.

Waitsburg-Prescott, ranked No. 3 in the latest Class 2B state poll, improved to 10-0 and will face Oroville, a 37-8 winner over White Swan Friday, in the first round of the playoffs.

Cady's kickoff return, which ended only 13 seconds after he received the opening boot, occurred just moments after the Indians won the coin toss and opted to defer to the second half.

"I like to take the ball in the second half," W-P coach Jeff Bartlow said. "They deferred and gave up a touchdown."

A failed PAT kick left the score at 6-0.

W-P's first offensive series - which covered 61 yards in 12 plays - ended with a 3-yard scoring run by quarterback Zach Bartlow at the 2:35 mark of quarter one.

Bartlow passed to Dalton Estes for the 2-point conversion to give Waitsburg-Prescott a 14-0 lead.

W-P's Morgan Robinson recovered a Reardan muff on the ensuing kickoff at the Indians' 20 yard-line.

It took Waitsburg-Prescott just five plays to capitalize. Bartlow went the final yard on the first play of the second quarter.

The first of four conversions by Estes raised the W-P lead to 21-0.

Cady, who gained 142 yards rushing on 21 carries, crashed into the end zone from the 1 with 6:36 remaining before halftime, and took a Bartlow screen pass 52 yards to pay dirt with 37 seconds left to put W-P comfortably in front at intermission, 35-0.

Reardan got its lone touchdown on the first snap of the second half when much-heralded quarterback Chace Bell raced down the left sideline for a 56-yard dash to the end zone. He ended up with 97 ground yards for the game.

"We bottled in Bell except for that big play," coach Bartlow said. "Keeping him contained was our No. 1 goal."

W-P responded with 3:44 remaining in the third quarter on a 2-yard touchdown run by Cady.

Waitsburg-Prescott ended the night with 382 yards of total offense (218 rushing and 164 passing) compared with 232 yards for Reardan.

Bartlow completed 10-of-19 passes for 164 yards and rushed 11 times for 68 yards.

Cady and Dustin Wooderchak caught three passes apiece for 61 and 36 yards, respectively.

"Our offensive line (Tre Brannock, Eshom Estes, Robinson, David Brock, and Greg Stearns) came to play," coach Bartlow said. "They gave Zach time to throw. They dominated."

W-P 42, Reardan 6

Reardan 0 0 6 0 - 6

W-P 14 21 7 0 - 42

W-P - Cady 85 kickoff return (kick blocked).

W-P - Bartlow 3 run (Estes pass from Bartlow).

W-P - Bartlow 1 run (Estes kick).

W-P - Cady 1 run (Estes kick).

W-P - Cady 52 pass from Bartlow (Estes kick).

REA - Bell 56 run (kick failed).

W-P - Cady 2 run (Estes kick).

Reardan W-P

First downs 6 19

Rushes/yards 21-99 43-218

Passing yards 133 164

Passes (att-comp-int) 10-7-1 20-10-1

Punts 4-38.5 2-39.5

Fumbles-lost 1-1 0-0

Penalties-yards 3-14 1-10

Individual Statistics

RUSHING - Reardan: Bell 11-97, Knezovich 3-5, Eldred 6-3, Kieffer 1-(-6); W-P: Cady 21-142, Bartlow 11-68, Moreno 2-11, Estes 2-6, LaRue 1-4, Armstrong 3-2, Dill 2-1, Team 1-(-16).

PASSING - Reardan: Bell 6-9-1, 104 yards, 0 TDs, Kieffer 1-1-0, 29 yards, 0 TDs; W-P: Bartlow 10-19-1, 164 yards, 1 TD, Cady 0-1-0.

RECEIVING - Reardan: Walser 3-101, Kuykendall 3-29, Knezovich 1-3; W-P: Cady 3-61-1, Wooderchak 3-36, Estes 2-47, Powell 2-20.


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