Waitsburg-Prescott are state champions

Waitsburg-Prescott takes home its first state championship after defeating Morton-White Pass, 33-7, in the Class 2B title game.

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Waitsburg-Prescott's Eshom Estes (No. 54), Greg Stearns (No. 72) and Cadman Donovan (No. 66) celebrate their undefeated season andWashington Class 2B state championship in the Tacoma Dome.

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Waitsburg-Prescott quarterback Zach Bartlow flies down the sideline for a first down before being pushed out of bounds by Morton-White Pass defenders Saturday afternoon.

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A Waitsburg-Prescott fan cheers on her team during the Washington Class 2B state championship against Morton-White Pass Saturday evening in Tacoma.

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A group of fans cheer as Waitsburg-Prescott quarterback Zach Bartlow comes by to celebrate with fans after the team's victory over Morton-White Pass Saturday in the Tacoma Dome.

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Waitsburg-Prescott coach Jeff Bartlow puts his arm around his son, quarterback Zach Bartlow as they carry both pieces of the Washington Class 2B state championship trophy off the field after W-P defeated the Morton-White Pass Timberwolves Saturday evening in the Tacoma Dome.

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Waitsburg-Prescott's Dalton Estes dives forward with Morton-White Pass' Rylon Kolb on his back after a long reception for a first down during the second half of the Washington Class 2B state championship game in Tacoma Saturday afternoon.

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WP's Danny Stansell (22) dives attempting to knock down a pass in to the numbers of Morton/White Pass receiver Ben Powell (42).

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Waitsburg-Prescott's Dustin Wooderchak (14) has the ball pass between his hands as he leaps in front of Morton/White Pass intended receiver Ben Powell (42) during the first-half of there 2B State Championship game Saturday in Tacoma.

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Waitsburg-Prescott's Billy Brown (41) runs up field and in to a Morton White-Pass tackler Saturday on the Cardinals' first drive down field during their Stat Championship game in Tacoma.

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Waitsburg-Prescott's Devin Acevedo (12) has the ball tipped away above his finger tups by Morton/White Pass' Dianni Bertucci (22) during the first-half of their Saturday evening Stat Championship game.

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Waitsburg-Prescott's Zach Bartlow (11) lays a tackle on to Morton/White Pass' Gianni Bertucci (22) during the first-half of their 2B State Championship game Saturday afternoon in Tacoma.

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Waitsburg-Prescott's Zach Bartlow (11) attempts to juke Morton/White Pass' Coy Hanger (2) during their 2B State Championship game Saturday evening in Tacoma.

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Coach Jeff Bartlow looks down his line-up after the National Anthem before the Waitsburg-Prescott Cardinals take on the Morton White-Pass Timberwolves Saturday afternoon in Tacoma.

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Eshom Estes (54) shares his post game victory thoughts with his team under the lights of the 2B State Championship tournament in the Tacoma Dome.

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A taste of the 2B State Championship after the Waitsburg-Prescott Cardinals defeated the Morton/White Pass Saturday afternoon in Tacoma.

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WP's Billy Brown (41) dives across the endzone for a touchdown during the second-half of the Cardinal's 2B State Championship game against Morton/White Pass.

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Waitsburg-Prescott's Devin Acevedo (12) threads between two Morton/White Pass defenders in an attempt to grab a pass from quarterback Zach Bartlow Saturday afternoon during their 2B State Championship game.

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Dalton Estes (13) wraps the ball up from the prying arm of Morton/White Pass' Kody Crowder (44) after an interception late in their 2B State Championship game Saturday in Tacoma.

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Throwing his hand in at the last second, Waitsburg-Prescott's Dalton Estes (13) knocks a long pass away from Morton/White Pass' Coy Hanger (2) during the second-half of their 2B State Championship game Saturday afternoon in Tacoma.

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Waitsburg-Prescott's Dustin Wooderchak (14) attempts to do a little two-step around Morton/White Pass' Chris Bobrow (24) during the second-half of their 2B State Championship game in Tacoma Saturday afternoon.

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Springing down the sideline, Waitsburg-Prescott's Dalton Estes (13) hauls in a long pass with plenty of room to spare between himself and his Morton/White Pass defender. Estes sprinted the sideline and in to the endzone for a Cardinal touchdown.

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After hauling down an interception, WP's Dalton Estes (13) attempts to break away from Morton/White Pass tackler Gianni Bertucci (22), gaining a few yards down the field during the second-half of their 2B State Championship game.

TACOMA - Waitsburg-Prescott football nation donned T-shirts that read "Who are we?" to open the Washington Class 2B state championship game here Saturday at the Tacoma Dome.

Washington now knows who W-P is, as W-P posted a 33-7 win over Morton-White Pass to capture its first ever football championship.

"It feels so good," W-P coach Jeff Bartlow said. "From the very beginning in August until we played this game, I can't ask for a better group of kids. They love to play football. They respect their coaches and each other. They wanted to win."

W-P's opening was not state champion caliber as W-P went three-and-out. Zach Bartlow's first pass went 10 feet over a wide open Justin Zuger.

"I might have been a little bit nervous," quarterback Bartlow said. "After that throw, I made sure I calmed down and got in sync. Then we made plays."

The Timberwolves then went three-and-out thanks to a Zuger tackle of Brian Reynolds for a two-yard loss, and W-P went to work at its own 29.

Dalton Estes made his first two grabs of the night, one for 24 yards and a diving catch at the Timberwolves 10, to help set up a one-yard Bartlow plunge and W-P had the lead for good with 3:14 left in the first.

The W-P defense, led by a Billy Brown sack, limited the T-wolves to 25 yards of offense in the second quarter and forced two punts.

"It was probably the greatest game of our lives," defensive lineman Eshom Estes said. "Holding them to seven in the state championship is just amazing. We had the butterflies (to start), but we also had the intensity in ourselves to pull ourselves out of the big crowd and screaming so we could do something great."

Following the second Morton-White Pass punt of the quarter, W-P took over on its 32 with 2:02 remaining in the half.

Brown ran for 11, and Zuger caught a Bartlow pass for 12 to get a first down at the T-Wolves' 45. Bartlow launched a 45-yard bomb down the far side line that Dalton Estes ran under for a touchdown and a 14-0 lead with 1:06 left in the half.

"I lost it (the ball) in the air," Dalton Estes said. "My defender looked up at it and gave it away. Zach just threw it up for me to go get it."

"We're good at getting scores right before halftime," quarterback Bartlow said. "We've done it, I don't know how many times this year. That's where we get our momentum going to halftime. I know he (Dalton Estes) is a good player and he came through. We got it done and carried it (the momentum) through the rest of the game."

After the prolonged half time, senior captain Eshom Estes led W-P back for the second half.

"I told them that offense wins games, but defense wins championships," Eshom Estes said. "I lived by that."

The Timberwolves took the second half kickoff and marched 70 yards with Reynolds bullying in from the one to cut the lead to 14-7 with 5:31 left in the third.

Champions respond.

"The best play we had was after we gave up the touchdown," coach Bartlow said. "That was a huge play for them. But our kids rallied and they weren't going to let that stump us."

W-P took over on its 20 and sparked by an eight-yard completion to Dustin Wooderchak marched to a second-and-10 from its own 42.

"We figured we would just try and get one back," offensive lineman Cadman Donovan said. "It wasn't too big of a deal."

Bartlow and Dalton Estes teamed up on a route down the middle for a 47-yard gain and a first down at the T-Wolves 11.

"It's a roll out left and a QB throw back," Dalton Estes said. "It's just me one on one. My defender wasn't quick enough."

"We've called that a lot of times and its never worked," quarterback Bartlow said. "Everything was working. I can't explain it. We played a good game."

Brown took care of the last 11 yards and W-P jumped back up by two touchdowns at 20-7 with 2:25 left in the third.

On the ensuing Timberwolves possession, Dalton Estes picked his first of two Rylon Kolb passes at his own 39 to end the last Morton-White Pass threat of the quarter. Estes would add another pick at his own 10 with a 35-yard interception return with only :37 left to close out the last Timberwolf hope.

"It's new," Dalton Estes said of the picks. "I hadn't had one in my high school career. I came out in the state championship game and gave it all my heart and had two picks."

A nine yard completion from Bartlow to Wooderchak opened the fourth. Four plays later, Bartlow hit Dalton Estes with a two-yard scoring strike and W-P led 26-7 with 9:22 left.

On W-P's next possession, W-P went 72 yards in seven plays, aided by a 15 yard personal foul on the T-Wolves. A Bartlow scamper for 25 set up a Brown three-yard TD run to cap the drive, Jose Barajas added the PAT, and W-P had its title with the 33-7 win.

On offense, W-P ran for 141 yards, led by Bartlow's 100 on 21 carries, and Bartlow threw to five different receivers for 207 yards and W-P rolled to its first ever title.

"We were clicking," quarterback Bartlow said. "We wanted it so bad. When we had adversity, we fought back. It (winning the title) is the best feeling in the world."

Dalton Estes led the receivers with six grabs for 135 yards and two scores, plus he added those two interceptions to cap his night.

"Dalton Estes was an animal on offense and defense," coach Bartlow said of his junior. "Everything he did was with a purpose. He can catch the football and Zach can get it to him."

But that offense starts in the trenches with Nick Pearson, Eshom Estes, Chance Leroue, Ben Shafer, and Cadman Donovan.

"Once we got that O-line adjusted a month ago, we started playing better up front," coach Bartlow said. "It was huge."

"We've been working all year," offensive tackle Donovan said. "We've just been getting better and better. We put whoever is best in there and finally got that figured out and we've been doing pretty well. We work on both pass and run (blocking). We try to mix it up. When they put their defense in for run, we'll switch to pass."

The W-P defense, led by Dalton Estes' picks, the linebacking play of Brown, Danny Stansell and Brendon Donovan, the leadership of Greg Stearns and Wooderchak, and the run stuffing of corner back Zuger, limited the Timberwolves to only 166 yards.

"I can't explain in words," senior defensive lineman Eshom Estes said. "We did what we could do and we really pulled this one off."

For the senior class - Bartlow, Brice Paxon, Zuger, Wooderchak, Eshom Estes, Cadman Donovan, Stearns, and Barajas - they leave behind a state championship and a 14-0 perfect season and a 26-1 record over the last two seasons.

"Not much better to say than a perfect season," senior Cadman Donovan said. "I love playing for this team and I love it around Waitsburg."

"First time in history, state champions, you can't beat it," Eshom Estes said. "There was nothing that motivated me more than my grandma. She passed away during the summer and she's the one that made me the boy that I am now."

The senior class will be missed, but appreciated for hanging the state title banner.

"Those eight guys won a lot of football games," coach Bartlow said. "We lost a bunch of great kids. I give the game ball to all of those guys for wanting it as much as they've ever wanted anything athletically. It's huge W. We love them and we'll miss them."

WAITSBURG-PRESCOTT 33, MORTON-WHITE PASS 7

W-P 7 7 6 13 33

Morton-White Pass 0 0 7 0 7

W-P - Bartlow 1 run (Barajas kick).

W-P - D. Estes 45 pass from Bartlow (Barajas kick).

Morton-White Pass - Reynolds 1 run (Park kick).

W-P - Brown 11 run (kick failed).

W-P - D. Estes 2 pass from Bartlow (run failed).

W-P - Brown 3 run (Barajas kick).

W-P Morton-White Pass

First Downs 16 8

Rushes/Yards 32-141 35-116

Passing yards 207 50

Passes (att-compl-int) 21-14-0 14-6-2

Punts 1-39.0 3-30.3

Penalties 3-45 6-72

Fumbles 2-0 3-0

Individual Stats

Rushing - W-P: Brown 9-46, Bartlow 21-100, Eastman 1-(-4), Team 1-(-1); Morton-White Pass: Reynolds 20-83, Crowder 4-18, Bertucci 5-27, Park 1-3, Kolb 4-(-6), Team 1-(-9).

Passing - W-P: Bartlow 14-21-0, 207 yards, 2 TDS; Morton-White Pass: Kolb 6-14-2, 50 yards, 0 TDs.

Receiving - W-P: Brown 2-15, D. Estes 6-135-2, Acevedo 2-9, Wooderchak 3-36, Zuger 1-12; Morton-White Pass: Reynolds 3-16, Hanger 2-9, Powell 1-25.

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