TigerScots' ground game, defense downs Vikings

Weston-McEwen puts up 298 rushing yards en route to the 27-6 season-opening victory over Umatilla.

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UMATILLA - The running game and defense of the Weston-McEwen TigerScots led them to victory over the Umatilla Vikings, 27-6, here Friday night.

The defense of the TigerScots went unscored upon, as the only touchdown for Umatilla came on an interception return for the Vikings.

"Our new defensive coordinator, coach (Justin) Funderburke," W-M head coach Kenzie Hansell said, "did a great job."

The TigerScots scored with their defense before the running game took over.

Early in the second quarter, W-M's Nick Lively and Gary Kobasa blocked a Viking punt. The ball then bounced out the back of its end zone for the W-M safety.

Shortly after the safety, Elliot Salter of the TigerScots capped a W-M drive with a 30-yard touchdown run.

W-M quarterback, Dallas Reich, then scored a short touchdown run of two yards late in the second quarter.

Reich also scored another rushing touchdown of 80 yards on the quarterback keeper off the option. Reich scored the touchdown "on a real athletic play with good blocking" in the third quarter, Hansell said.

Salter finished off the scoring for W-M in the fourth quarter with a 10-yard scoring run to make the final 27-6, TigerScots.

On the evening, W-M piled up 298 yards total rushing yards.

Salter led the way with 165 yards from his halfback position, and Reich added 133 yards on the ground.

"Salter hit the holes hard and ran the ball well," Hansell said. "But the holes were made by good blocking up front on the offensive line and by the fullback, Jared Bond."

Reich also completed 10-of-17 passes for 108 yards and three interceptions.

"We have some things that we need to work on," Hansell said, referring to the passing game, "but that is what the preseason is for. We can use it to see what we need to work on in practice before the regular season."

Several TigerScot receivers connected with QB Reich, with Aaron Speed making four receptions for 52 yards. Matt McGill and Tyler Babb each pulled in two passes from Reich.

"Overall, the kids did a wonderful job," Hansell said. "And it wasn't just the first-team players. We subbed in players all night long and they all competed to do a great job.

"We also had a great group of traveling fans that came with us to Umatilla and cheered loud. Umatilla is a tough place to play and the support was appreciated."

Weston-McEwen 0 14 7 6 - 27

Umatilla 0 6 0 0 - 6

W-M - Blocked punt out of bounds for safety,

W-M - Reich 2 yd run, PAT blocked.

W-M - Salter 30 yd run, PAT blocked.

W-M - Reich 80 yd run, PAT Deja good.

W-M - Salter 10yd run, PAT failed.

Uma - n/a.

Weston-McEwen Umatilla

First downs 14 n/a

Rushes/yards 37-298 n/a

Passing yards 108 n/a

Passes (att-comp-int) 10-17-3 n/a

Punts 1-32 n/a

Fumbles-lost 2-0 n/a

Penalties-yards 8-70 n/a

Individual Statistics

RUSHING - Weston-McEwen: Salter 25-165-2, Reich 12 -133-2. Umatilla: n/a.

PASSING - Weston-McEwen: Reich 10-17, 108 yards. Umatilla: n/a.

RECEIVING - Weston-McEwen: Speed 4-52, McGill 2-19, Babb 2-19, Kobasa 1-13, Salter 1-3. Umatilla: n/a.

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