ASOTIN - Waitsburg-Prescott secured itself the Southeast 2B-11 Conference title with a 28-8 victory over Asotin here Friday.
The margin of victory could have been much larger, as W-P had several scoring opportunities end in turnovers, two touchdowns called back on penalties and had a missed field goal.
But the margin of victory didn't overshadow W-P's overall performance. The offense put up 268 yards on the ground and another 201 through the air, while the defense held the Panthers to 68 rushing yards and 159 passing yards.
W-P scored a touchdown in each quarter.
"We had a lot on the line," W-P coach Jeff Bartlow said, recalling last year's 14-7 loss to Asotin. "The kids were excited and came out playing hard. Our biggest disappointment was the penalties again (15 for 105 yards). We just have to eliminate those. We have to execute. It's costing us on the scoreboard, as well."
W-P overcame the penalties, with T.J. Hofer grabbing Zach Bartlow's pass for an 18-yard touchdown in the first quarter.
"The kids' effort was absolutely excellent," coach Bartlow said. "They came to play and we were pleased with that part. We moved the ball between the 20s."
Dalton Estes' first of four point-after kicks put W-P up 7-0, and Kris Cady's 5-yard run in the second quarter left the halftime score at 14-0.
In the third quarter, Anthony Powell hooked up with Bartlow for a 54-yard touchdown reception.
W-P's shutout disappeared in the fourth quarter when Asotin gained 21 yards on fourth-and-19, and Panthers QB Ben Servatius punched it in from the 1 yard line.
Cady took the ball in from the 10 to finish scoring.
"Mistakes, and little things like that, create enough points to not win a game," coach Bartlow said. "We would have put up a ton of points if not for the mistakes.
I thought (W-P's defense) did a great job defensively," he said. "We could have easily shut them out. We bent, but didn't break, except for that (fourth-and-19) play."
W-P's defense forced four Asotin turnovers - three interceptions and a fumble - in the game.
"Our defense has been there all year," Bartlow said. "We played good football, defensively."
Middle linebacker Tre Brannock led the way with a hand in 14 tackles, an interception and also tipped a Servatius pass.
And W-P's offensive line drew praise from the coach.
"Our offensive line looked good, with no sacks and protecting Zach," he said.
QB Bartlow ended up 11-for-18 for 201 yards and the two TDs.
Cady accounted for 167 of W-P's 268 yards on the ground.
"Kris is the heart and soul of our offense," coach Bartlow said. "He's been there all year, with another 100-plus yard game for him."
Powell ended up with 98 yards on four catches from QB Bartlow.
"It was his biggest game of the year," coach Bartlow said.
W-P, now 4-0 in SE2B-11 play and 8-0 overall, travels to Oakesdale Friday to play Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia with a chance to win the conference outright. A loss would tie W-P with DeSales, but W-P would still win the tie-breaker after defeating the Irish earlier this season.
"This is a great ride so far," coach Bartlow said of the undefeated season. "We need to improve, and go 9-0, and we'll be right where we want to be."
W-P 28, Asotin 8
W-P 7 7 7 7 - 28
Asotin 0 0 0 8 - 8
W-P - Hofer 18 pass from Bartlow (Estes kick).
W-P - Cady 5 run (Estes kick).
W-P - Powell 54 pass from Bartlow (Estes kick).
Aso - Servatius 1 run (Miller run conversion).
W-P - Cady 10 run (Estes kick).
First downs 18 15
Rushes/yards 32-268 23-68
Passing yards 201 159
Passes (att-comp-int) 18-11-1 27-15-3
Punts 1-36 2-6.5
Fumbles-lost 2-1 2-1
Penalties-yards 15-105 6-45
RUSHING - W-P: Cady 17-167, Bartlow 13-81, Armstrong 2-20; Aso: Miller 2-2, Glover 5-12, Forsberg 6-11, Servatius 8-3, Whittaker 2-4.
PASSING - W-P: Bartlow 11-18-1, 2 touchdowns; Aso: Servatius 15-27-3.
RECEIVING - W-P: Powell 4-98, Hofer 4-49, Estes 2-48, Wooderchak 1-6; Aso: McIntosh 2-8, Lyons 3-29, Glover 2-28, Parsons 2-13, Dalton 4-63, Forsberg 2-20.