PREP FOOTBALL - Weston-McEwen hands Rockets 22-0 defeat

Weston-McEwen's defense picks off four Pilot Rock throws and sacks Rocket quarterbacks seven times in the Blue Mountain Conference victory.

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PILOT ROCK, Ore. - The Weston-McEwen TigerScots handed the Pilot Rock Rockets a 22-0 drubbing in Blue Mountain Conference football action here Friday.

The TigerScot defense pitched a shutout on the road on the strength of four interceptions.

Cornerback Aaron Speed picked one off in the TigerScots' end zone right before halftime, and W-M safety Dallas Reich had two interceptions deep in TigerScot territory in the fourth quarter to highlight the effort.

Cornerback Elliot Salter also had an interception near the W-M goal line to preserve the shutout late in the game.

"We had a good game plan, attack up the middle," W-M coach Kenzie Hansell said. "Put their quarterback under pressure. And we fell into coverage well. It is nice when the defense puts up zero points."

The defense not only put up a goose egg, but scored two points on a safety late in the first quarter.

Defensive linemen Gary Kobasa and Nick Pease combined on the sack in the end zone.

The W-M defense had seven sacks in the game and held the Rockets to 61 yards on the ground and through the air.

W-M combined for 365 total yards on offense, 214 rushing and 151 passing.

Junior running back Salter ran 25 times for 192 yards and punched in all three TigerScot touchdowns.

"Salter played well. He keeps getting better every game," Hansell said. "He follows his blockers and hits the open holes."

The biggest play from the line of scrimmage on the evening was a Salter 51-yard touchdown scamper right up the middle halfway through the second quarter.

Salter blew through the line, went virtually untouched into the secondary and broke a Rocket arm tackle and raced to the end zone for the score.

Salter also scored on runs of four yards in the first quarter and 18 yards late in the third quarter.

"The offensive line did well to sustain its blocks," Hansell said. "Pilot Rock put more men on the line in the second half and we spread it out more with the passing game. Overall, I'm proud of the effort and we got a tough win in Pilot Rock."

W-M completed passes of 15 or more yards four times.

The win improves the TigerScots to 4-0 and 1-0 in league.

W-M plays at Elgin at 7 p.m. Friday.

Weston-McEwen 22, Pilot Rock 0

W-M 9 7 6 0 - 22

PR 0 0 0 0 - 0

W-M - Salter 4 run (Ceja kick good)

W-M - safety QB sacked

W-M - Salter 51 run (Ceja kick good)

W-M - Salter 18 run (kick failed)

W-M PR

First downs 15 5

Rushes/yards 36-214 28-81

Passing yards 151 -20

Passes (att-comp-int) 11-20-2 7-17-4

Fumbles-lost 4-1 3-1

Penalties-yards 6-40 2-15

Individual Statistics

RUSHING - W-M: Salter 25-192, Peterson 4-47, Reich 7-36, McAllister 1-1. PR: Thorne 8-38 Grosjacques, Leasy 7 (-9), King 6-23, Simmons 2(-2).

PASSING - W-M: Reich 11-20, 89 yards, 2 int. PR: Leasy 2-7, 18 yards, 1 int. Simmons 4-10, 24 yards, 3 int.

RECEIVING - W-M: Speed 4-40, Mc Gill 2-20, Terjeson 1-16, Babb 1 (-1), Thul 1 -5. PR: Grosjacques 1-15, King 4-18, Doherty 1-9.

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