WAITSBURG - The home team came away victorious in its Homecoming game Friday.
Waitsburg-Prescott took a 28-7 win off Tri-Cities Prep in Southeast 2B action, giving its fans reason to cheer.
It was also a nice victory for Kris Cady, who celebrated his 17th birthday with two touchdowns and 196 total yards.
"It feels good to get a win in," Cady said. "It's Homecoming, it's my birthday and it's good to have the town come out and support us."
Waitsburg-Prescott came close to scoring late in the first quarter when quarterback Zach Bartlow ran it in for an apparent 13-yard score, but the score was wiped out on a holding penalty.
Heading into the second quarter, W-P marched down the field from its own 40 to the 4-yard line in four minutes and five first downs, when Bartlow kept again for a 4-yard TD run. Dalton Estes' kick was good.
After the kickoff, Tri-Cities Prep's Jacob Schmidt fumbled on W-P's 42 - and it took just one play for Bartlow's 42-yard pass to Cady to find paydirt.
The kick failed, but W-P was suddenly ahead, 13-0.
W-P wasn't done with the half yet. After four turnovers - two on downs - W-P got the ball back for good on their own 22 after Prep fumbled a punt return and gave it up deep in its own territory.
Another W-P touchdown was called back for holding, but W-P only needed about 90 seconds from getting the ball back to a 33-yard Cady carry.
Bartlow's pass to T.J. Hofer was good for 2, and W-P entered the half leading 21-0.
Although Prep tried, the Jaguars put up just 29 yards and had only two first downs in the first half.
W-P racked up 177 yards and eight first downs.
But W-P also put up penalties, including the two recalled TDs, totaling 40 yards.
"Zach (Bartlow) kind of got screwed out of two touchdowns there," said W-P coach Jeff Bartlow.
But he didn't say the calls were bad.
"They're always sketchy when they're against you and always great when they're against the other guy," he said. "Tri-Cities Prep is a very disciplined team and we had too many penalties."
Prep opened the second half aggressively, holding W-P to fourth-and-10 after the kickoff return and quickly building downs after the turnover, amassing 75 yards on five first downs and getting to W-P's end zone five minutes into the half.
Prep quarterback Jameson Pedersen found Chase Castona's for a 1-yard pass, lighting up Prep's side of the scoreboard for the first time.
W-P took quick action to hold the Jaguars down.
The home team kept possession after the kickoff, and four minutes later Bartlow found Hofer for a 32-yard TD pass, closing out scoring for both teams late in the third quarter.
"We had trouble holding them," Jeff Bartlow said of Prep's lone TD. "But we came right back after they scored and put them three back again, and it's tough to close that gap in a 12-minute high school quarter."
Both teams threatened, but neither was able to score in the fourth, with a big play coming midway through.
Prep marched up the field, posting four first downs and reaching first-and-goal at W-P's end.
And on Pedersen's pass, Cady was wide open for the interception and returned it for 49 yards, bringing the crowd to its feet, nullifying the threat and keeping the ball away from the Jags for the rest of the game.
Bartlow took a knee with 32 seconds to go, closing out the contest.
Though W-P got the win, it wasn't as clean as coach Bartlow wanted.
W-P lost two fumbles and QB Bartlow had two interceptions on the night.
"We had three turnovers in six games, and that's unheard of," he said. "We knew a game was coming when we'd lose it, and we picked Homecoming for that. But we sucked it up and got through it."
And the called-back touchdowns and penalties didn't please him, either.
"Those are unfortunate because those can break you in a big game," Bartlow said. "We need to clean that up."
They've got a week to practice before traveling to Asotin Friday.
"That's always a tough place to play," Bartlow said. "It's a huge game."
If W-P wins there, it will likely clinch the league title, he said. Last year, W-P defeated DeSales the week before heading east - and then lost, 14-7.
"This is a huge time for the team," Bartlow said. "Hunting season is starting (Saturday) and we'd better not have any guys accidently get shot.
"They (Asotin) are a well-coached, good team," he continued. "It's going to be a great game and we're hungry to win. Our intent is to go out there and get the W. If we do that, we're in the playoffs."
W-P 28, Tri-Cities Prep 7
TCP 0 0 7 0 - 7
W-P 0 21 7 0 - 28
W-P - Bartlow 4 yard run (D. Estes kick)
W-P - Cady 42-yard pass from Bartlow (kick fail)
W-P - Cady 17-yard run (Bartlow to Hofer)
TCP - Pedersen 1-yard run (Castona kick)
W-P - Hofer 32-yard pass from Bartlow (Estes kick)
First Downs 12 14
Rishes-Yards 21-24 33-201
Passing Yards 13-32 14-180
Passes (Att-Comp-Int) 30-17-2 31-14-2
Punts 5-186 2-70
Fumbles-Lost 4-3 3-2
Penalties-Yards 2-15 7-75
RUSHING - Prep: Pedersen 11-(-14), Redmann 2-5, Schmidt 5-36, Castona 2-(-2), Richards 1-(-1). W-P: Cady 14-115, Bartlow 18-85 1 TD, D. Estes 1-1.
RECEIVING - Prep: Redmann 6-72, Castona 6-53 1 TD, Schmidt 1-7. W-P: Powell 2-7, Cady 6-81 2 TD, Hofer 3-42 1 TD, Germain 1-11, D. Estes 2-32.
PASSING - Prep: Pedersen 13-132. W-P: Bartlow 14-180.