ATHENA - It's hard to say who won the game for Weston-McEwen against Enterprise Friday night; the offense or the defense.
Either way, the final score was the TigerScots 21, Outlaws 8, in the Blue Mountain Conference finale for both teams.
"Our ‘D' stepped up really big for us tonight in the second half," W-M coach Kenzie Hansell said. "But we are a team and our offense played really well in the first half."
The TigerScots' lead was built in the first half when quarterback Dallas Reich went 11-for-15 for 150 yards, two touchdown passes and one touchdown run.
Reich was just 2-for-6 for 54 yards in the second half.
In the game, he threw four interceptions.
And turnovers were a part of the game, as the TigerScots coughed up three fumbles. losing two of them.
If it wasn't for the running of Elliot Salter with 13 carries for 145 yards, the TigerScots might have been in trouble. Salter helped moved the ball in the first half for the three touchdowns.
Salter also kept the chains moving and the clock ticking in the second half.
Defense was key for W-M in the second half. The defense was backed up deep in its own territory several times because of turnovers, but in almost all of the instances, the TigerScots ‘D' stood up to Enterprise.
The Outlaws rushed for only 98 yards on 28 attempts, an average of just 3.8 yards a carry in the game.
Enterprise was only able to pass for 68 yards and the Outlaw threw one costly interception.
After leading 21-0 at the half, W-M lost its way on offense.
W-M took on a goal-line stand and forced a turnover on downs on Enterprise's first possession of the second half.
The W-M offense gave the ball right back with an interception on its second play from the line of scrimmage.
The Outlaws were able to score from 30 yards out on this possession to make it 21-8, after converting the 2-point conversion.
A fumble on the following kick return gave the Outlaws another possession deep in TigerScot territory.
The defense forced a three-and-out for Enterprise.
An ensuing three-and-out for Weston-McEwen turned worse with the blocked punt by Enterprise lineman Alex Courtney.
The Outlaws had only 23 yards to go for the end zone.
Weston-McEwen stopped them on a fourth-and-goal, just inches from the end zone, to get the ball back.
An interception at midfield by Outlaw defender Brock Hayes on the ensuing W-M drive had Enterprise back in business.
Cornerback Miles Thul came to the rescue to pick off a pass headed for the end zone in the final Enterprise possession.
The TigerScots then ran the ball with conviction, picking up 65 yards on the drive and running out the final six minutes on the clock to end the game.
"Enterprise was a good team, well-coached and they were fighting us," Hansell said. "But we executed when we needed to do so.
"That is a credit to our kids and our coaching staff for doing a great job knowing what the offense of the Outlaws was going to try to do next."
W-M finish second in the Blue Mountain Conference with a 5-1 record, 8-1 overall.
The TigerScots head to the state playoffs next week, a location and time to be determined.
Weston-McEwen 21, Enterprise 8
Enterprise 0 0 8 0 - 8
W-M 7 14 0 0 - 21
W-M - Speed 13 pass from Reich (Ceja kick)
W-M - McGill 33 pass from Reich (Ceja kick)
W-M - Reich 1 run (Ceja kick)
Enter - Masters 8 pass from Galletly (Lynn 2 conversion run)
First downs 8 10
Rushes/yards 28-98 25-197
Passing yards 68 214
Passes (att-comp-int) 8-15-1 14-20-4
Punts 5-105 2-20
Fumbles-lost 2-1 3-1
Penalties-yards 6-40 6-45
RUSHING - Enter: Martin 4-10, Lynn 15-57, Galletly 7-33, Hayes 2-(-9). W-M: Salter 13-145, Reich 11-53.
PASSING - Enter: Masters 1-1, 5 yds, Galletly 7-14, 63 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT. W-M: Reich 14-20, 214 yds, 2 TD, 3 INT.
RECEIVING - Enter: Lynn 6-35, Masters 1-8, Hayes 1-32. W-M: McGill 3-51, Salter 2-20, Speed 2-21, Terjeson 2-47, Bond 1-5, Thul 2-57, Babb 2-13.