WAITSBURG - Waitsburg-Prescott coach Jeff Bartlow had a goal after last week's season-opening 6-0 victory at Kamiah, Idaho, headed into Friday's home opener against Pilot Rock.
"We wanted to finish drives," he said following the 34-14 victory over the Rockets, "and we got to do that.
"Last week, we made all these big plays and couldn't quite finish them in the red zone," Bartlow said. "We played better in the red zone, finished what we started on each drive."
It didn't take W-P long to finish its first drive after a snap over the Rocket punter's head set W-P up at the Pilot Rock 25. Quarterback Zach Bartlow hit Joe Purdin for a 12-yard reception, and then Bartlow took the ball towards the goal line before losing the ball. But W-P's T.J. Hofer covered it up in the end zone and then ran in the 2-point conversion to make it 8-0 with 8:34 left in the first quarter.
After a W-P punt on its next possession, QB Bartlow found Dustin Wooderchak for a 40-yard connection to move to the 5, and four plays later hit Kris Cady for the 5-yard TD.
Bartlow then put his athleticism to use on defense, scrambling to grab an interception off Pilot Rock QB Skylar Leasy at the W-P 46.
Switching back to quarterback, Bartlow found Hofer for a 4-yard reception on the next play. Hofer then turned and found Cady on the lateral, and Cady took it 50 yards on a scaled-down hook-and-lateral to put W-P up 20-0.
From there, Justin Armstrong found paydirt from 27 yards out, and Bartlow connected with Dalton Estes for a 36-yard score on the final play of the third quarter. The 2-point conversion by the same two made it 34-0, and it was time for backups to see the field.
"We moved the ball, running and passing, and got the ball to a lot of different receivers," coach Bartlow said.
Pilot Rock did score on a 59-yard run by Logan Thorne to open the fourth quarter, and after the Rockets' longest drive of the game late in the game against W-P's bench.
"We're tough on D (defense) right now," Bartlow said, "flying around, taking a lot of pride in it. They put up 14 against some of our younger kids, and we're fine with that. Our varsity is feeling good about how things are going defensively.
"We made a lot of (second-game) improvements like we wanted, but we're still a little rusty offensively," Bartlow said. "But I was happy with the results. We got to play all the kids tonight, and that's fun. They all felt a part of it. We got to play 35 kids, and in our home opener, that was nice."
W-P 34, Pilot Rock 14
PR 0 0 0 14 - 14
W-P 14 12 8 0 - 34
W-P - Hofer fumble recovery (Hofer 2-pt run).
W-P - Cady 5 pass from Bartlow (conversion failed).
W-P - Cady 50-run (kick failed).
W-P - Armstrong 27 run (kick blocked).
W-P - D. Estes 36 pass from Bartlow (pass conversion).
PR - Thorne 59 run (Hoeft run).
PR - Simmons 4 run (conversion failed).
First downs 9 12
Rushes/yards 41-186 29-250
Passing yards 6 171
Passes (att-comp-int) 7-1-1 22-15-0
Punts 4-3.5 1-29
Fumbles-lost 1-0 4-0
Penalties-yards 5-30 10-70
RUSHING - PR: Thorne 4-77, King 7-32, Bowie 10-27, Britain 2-17, Leasy 12-16, Grosjacques 4-11, Simmons 2-6; W-P: Cady 12-116, Bartlow 6-67, D. Estes 7-45, Armstrong 2-28, Rivas 1-0, Larue 1-(-6).
PASSING - PR: Leasy 1-7-1, 6 yards; W-P: Bartlow 15-22-0, 171 yards.
RECEIVING - PR: Grosjacques 1-6; W-P: Cady 6-47, Wooderchak 2-45, D. Estes 1-36, Purdin 3-30, Hofer 2-8, Hernandez 1-5.