PREP FOOTBALL - Defense keys Weston-McEwen 55-0 rout of Irrigon

Weston-McEwen's defense scores four touchdowns as the TigerScots remain undefeated.

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ATHENA - Weston-McEwen found yet another way to win Friday night against Irrigon.

On the strength of four touchdowns by the defense, the TigerScots rolled 55-0 over the Knights.

"Our defense scored for us all night long," W-M coach Kenzie Hansell said. "But really, every kid in the program played well and I'm really proud of the entire team, not just the defense."

W-M's ‘D' had three interception returns for touchdowns, all brought back 50 yards or more.

Cornerback Sam Denton returned interceptions of 50 and 55 yards for scores.

Cornerback Miles Thul picked off a pass and brought it back 50 yards.

All three interceptions occurred in the first half, as did all of the W-M scoring.

The interceptions were bad enough for Irrigon, but the fumbles were worse.

The Knights fumbled the ball seven times and turned it over three times.

The first touchdown of the game was by lineman Nick Pease, shortly after kickoff, on a fumble recovery and return of 50 yards.

After the Pease touchdown, Irrigon fumbled again on the handoff to the running back.

Riley Seederburg made the fumble recovery, and the TigerScots were setup deep in Knights territory.

Dallas Reich then hit Tyler Babb on a long scoring strike of 21 yards up the left sideline.

Following the Babb touchdown, Jared Bond recovered a fumble by the Knights running back after Irrigon ran several plays from the line of scrimmage.

Even deeper in Irrigon territory, Reich hit Aaron Speed on a scoring pass of 17 yards.

First-quarter scoring was wrapped up by a Reich 9-yard bootleg scoring run around the right end.

The score was set up by an Irrigon punt, followed by a pass from Reich to Matt McGill of 34 yards.

After the first quarter, it was 28-0 TigerScots and they wouldn't slow up until after halftime.

The next three scores all came on the interception returns for touchdowns in the second quarter.

It was 55-0 at halftime and that is where it would stay for the rest of the game.

The biggest plays of the second half for W-M was a Bennet Fordice fumble recovery and a 65-yard run by Zach Sundin from the halfback position.

Sundin's run wasn't an everyday occurrence for him, as he is listed as an offensive and defensive lineman.

Nine different TigerScots ran the ball in the game as they subbed freely in the second half.

"The entire team played well, " Hansell said. "We had a good week of practice. I commend the coaching staff who prepared the team well. We came out disciplined and executed well."

The undefeated TigerScots travel to Heppner to play the Mustangs at 7 p.m. Friday to battle for the league championship.

The TigerScots should have all they can handle as Heppner hasn't lost a Blue Mountain Conference game in 13 years.

Weston-McEwen 55, Irrigon 0

Irrigon 0 0 0 0 - 0

W-M 28 27 0 0 - 0

W-M - Pease 50 fumble rec. return (Ceja kick good)

W-M - Babb 21 pass from Reich (Ceja kick good)

W-M - Speed 17pass from Reich (Ceja kick good)

W-M - Reich 9 run (Ceja kick good)

W-M - Denton 55 int return (Ceja kick good)

W-M - Thul 50 int return (Ceja kick good)

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

W-M - Denton 50 int return (Ceja kick good)

Irr W-M

First downs 8 4

Rushes/yards 32-96 21-204

Passing yards 120 96

Passes (att comp int) 7-18-2 5-8-1

Punts 2-47 1-21

Fumbles-lost 7-3 1-1

Penalties-yds 3-25 1-10

Individual Statistics

RUSHING - Irr: Baker 4-9, Aylett 7-28, Garrett 6-5, Rule 1-(-4), Nunez 5-(-5), Macias 10-59. W-M: Salter 5-78, Reich 2-16, Kobasa 1-6, Bond 1-(-2), Peterson 4-21, McAllister 4-23, Gilsdorg 1-9, Thacker 1-4, Sundin 1-54, Ramirez 1-(-2).

PASSING - Irr: Nunez 6-15, 2 Int, 109 yds., Baker 1-3, 11 yds. W-M: Reich 5-8, 92 yds., 2 TD, 1 Int.

RECEIVING - Irr: Baker 3-16, Garrett 1-11, Macias 3-93. W-M: Babb 1-21-1, Speed 1-17-1, McGill 2-43, Terjeson 1-11.

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