KAMIAH, Idaho - Zach Bartlow's 66-yard scamper set up a Waitsburg-Prescott third quarter touchdown and W-P made it stand up as W-P opened the 2010 season with a 6-0 blanking of Kamiah in non-conference football action here Friday.
Bartlow connected with TJ Hofer for a five-yard TD to cap the only scoring drive of the game as W-P grabbed the 6-0 third-quarter lead.
W-P marched inside the Kubs 20 on several occasions but only punched in the one score.
"Both teams moved the ball," W-P coach Jeff Bartlow said. "We were in the red zone five times. We had big plays to get us there, but we had trouble running the ball as we are young and new up front."
Dalton Estes raced 67 yards to the Kubs two in the opening quarter only to see the Kamiah defense stiffen and stop W-P on four plays.
In the fourth, Kris Cady romped 52 yards to set W-P up at the Kamiah five, but again the Kubs turned the W-P offense away.
W-P amassed 324 yards of total offense, but hurt itself with 12 penalties for 95 yards, and couldn't find the recipe to get the ball into the Kubs end zone.
"It was frustrating to get close and not finish," Bartlow said. "We missed opportunities to put points on the board, but 95 yards in penalties and first-game mistakes hurt us."
The Kubs were backed deep in their own territory, thanks to the W-P offense penetrating inside the Kubs 20, but managed 265 yards of offense and amassed 19 first downs. W-P came up with a bend but don't break defense and its defense took the ball away from the Kubs on five occasions - four fumbles and an interception - and pitched the shut out.
"The defense made plays to win the game," Bartlow said. "They (the defense) played really well. Field position was big for us. They got 19 first downs, but where we ended up (on offensive drives), gave us field position, and their turnovers killed them."
Bartlow gave credit to the W-P special teams in maintaining the field position edge.
"Dalton Estes had a great game," Bartlow said of his punter and punt returner. "He had one snapped over his head, but ran it down and got off one of his best (punts). (As a returner) he had two critical fair catches (that saved us field position). Field position was critical, and he did his part."
On the defensive side, Jack Nygaard ran for 115 yards for the Kubs but was contained in the second half by the W-P defense led by the play of linebackers Cady and Morgan Robinson and defensive end Eshom Estes.
"We made some adjustments," Bartlow said. "We stopped the big guy (Nygaard) in the second half."
Bartlow ran for 97 yards and threw for 150 to lead W-P. Cady added 76 rushing yards and Dalton Estes led the W-P receivers with two catches for 72 yards.
W-P takes a 1-0 record into Friday's home opener with Pilot Rock in a non-conference battle.
"Offensively, we had lots of offense with 300 plus yards," Bartlow summarized. "Our O-line got better as the game went on. On defense, we did what we needed to do to win. We gotta get better in the red zone. We gotta smell the end zone. It was a long trip, but the win was a good start for us and made the trip shorter."
W-P 0 0 6 0 - 6
Kamiah 0 0 0 0 - 0
W-P - Hofer 5 pass from Bartlow (pass failed).
First downs 10 19
Rushes/yards 174 186
Passing yards 150 79
Passes (att-comp-int) 19-9-0 13-6-1
Punts 6-28.5 2-25
Fumbles-lost 1-0 5-4
Penalties-yards 12-95 10-55
RUSHING - W-P: Bartlow 12-97, Cady 11-76, D. Estes 2-4, Armstrong 1-(-3); Kamiah: Nygaard 27-115, K. Hill 16-69, Millward 7-2.
PASSING - W-P: Bartlow 9-18-0 150 yards 1 TD, Cady 0-1-0, 0 yards; Kamiah: Millward 6-13-1 79 yards.
RECEIVING - W-P: D. Estes 2-72, Cady 3-43, Wooderchak 2-23, Hofer 2-12-1; Kamiah: Martin 1-20, Garcia 1-34, Nygaard 1-9, Donaldson 1-8, K. Hill 1-4, E. Hill 1-4.