WAITSBURG - Waitsburg-Prescott scored 41 unanswered first-half points here in opening round Washington state Class 2B football playoff action and rolled to a 48-7 win over Brewster and advances to the quarterfinal round.
"This was a complete - offensively and defensively - game for us," W-P coach Jeff Bartlow said. "It was one of our best games of the season. We worked hard to get better and it's coming together."
W-P began its first drive of the game at its own 37. W-P set the tone on its first play. Billy Brown broke off left tackle and raced 63 yards for a touchdown, only to have it called back with an illegal block-in-the-back penalty.
Not to worry on this wet afternoon. Two plays later, Zach Bartlow danced his way to the near sideline and raced 16 yards for a touchdown and W-P took a 7-0 lead with 8:19 to play in the first quarter.
The first quarter belonged to Brown. On W-P's next possession, Brown broke off the left side and went 41 yards to set up a Bartlow 11-yard TD run for a 13-0 W-P lead with 6:12 left in the quarter.
"Our goal was to run first," coach Bartlow said. "With the weather, we wanted to run first, and pass second. We wanted to push Billy (Brown) through because we knew he was close to a 1,000 yards (rushing). That was a big goal for our offense."
Brown's work in the first quarter wasn't done. Brown had runs of seven and 26 yards to finish the quarter with 131 yards on five carries, most of which came over the left side behind left tackle Cadman Donovan.
"I just try to block somebody," Donovan said. "As soon as he (Brown) passes me, I go up and block the next guy. I keep trying to get in front of him and block people. It was our counter that we were running most of the time."
"He (Donovan 6-foot-4, 218 pounds) is a big guy," Brown said. "I just followed him. We came out and took what we found (from the Bear defense)."
With a 13-0 lead after one period, it was time for the W-P passing attack to get some work.
Bartlow connected with Dalton Estes for an eight-yard TD on the first play of the second quarter. On the next W-P drive, Bartlow hit Estes for 35 yards over the middle, rolled right and found Estes for 18 more to highlight a 71-yard, eight-play drive that Bartlow capped with a two-yard run on fourth-and-goal as the lead swelled to 26-0 with 5:51 left in the half.
It was Dustin Wooderchak's turn on the next W-P possession. Bartlow hit Wooderchak for 14 yards to open the W-P drive from the Brewster 40. Bartlow and Wooderchak capped the drive as Wooderchak hauled in an 18-yard TD strike for a 33-0 lead.
On the ensuing Bear drive, Justin Zuger picked off a Bear pass - Zuger's fourth pick in the last three games - at the Brewster 42 and returned the interception to the Bear 19. Brown ran three times for 18 yards, and Bartlow picked up a snap off the ground and went the last one. Dalton Estes, the PAT holder, took a bad snap and ran for the 2-point conversion and W-P went to intermission up 41-0.
"It (the running game) loosens everything up," coach Bartlow said of W-P's first quarter. "Then you can throw a little bit. That (run first, throw second) was a good plan."
Back to the run to open the third. W-P opened the second half from its own 23.
Brown took care of 58 of the 77 yards on six carries, including the last 19 for the touchdown and a 48-0 lead. Brown went over a 1,000 yards rushing during the drive.
"I love my team," Brown said. "We ran the ball well in the first, threw it well in the second, and ran it again in the third. The O-line opened the holes."
Brown finished his three quarters of work with 207 yards on 15 carriers. Bartlow ran for 83 on eight carries and W-P amassed 312 rushing yards on 34 carries.
The win sends W-P into a quarterfinal match up with Lind-Ritzville/Sprague, a 34-7 winner over Manson, on Saturday. Time and place to be announced.
"They (L-R/S) are 9-1, and, I'm guessing, will be the best team we've played all year," coach Bartlow said. "It's going to be a huge test. Their defensive line is very strong. It will be a good battle up front with our O-line and their D-line."
The W-P offensive line is ready.
"Our line (Donovan, Greg Stearns, Nick Pearson, Chance Leroue and Eshom Estes) is just getting better," Donovan said. "Hopefully, we'll just keep going."
Waitsburg-Prescott 48, Brewster 7
Brewster 0 0 0 7 - 7
W-P 13 28 7 0 - 48
W-P - Bartlow 16 run (Barajas kick).
W-P - Bartlow 11 run (pass failed).
W-P - D. Estes 8 pass from Bartlow (kick failed).
W-P - Bartlow 2 run (Barajas kick).
W-P - Wooderchak 18 pass from Bartlow (Barajas kick).
W-P - Bartlow 1 run (D. Estes run).
W-P - Brown 19 run (Barajas kick).
Brew - Pio 2 run (Ramirez kick).
First downs 4 14
Rushes/yards 32-35 34-312
Passing yards 4 95
Passes (att-comp-int) 3-1-2 12-7-0
Punts 3-30.3 1-13.0
Fumbles-lost 7-1 4-1
Penalties-yards 3-12 9-55
RUSHING - Brewster: Squires 8-30, Pio 4-20, Driessen 10-17, Windle 2-(-1), Ruiz 1-5, Ochoa 2-(-3), Team 2-(-41), Divis 2-2, Mariscal 1-6; W-P: Brown 15-207, Bartlow 8-83, Stansell 2-4, Eastman 3-(-8), Tompkins 3-13, Lanning 1-6, Dill 1-5, E. Estes 1-2.
PASSING - Brewster: Driessen 1-3-2, 4 yards, 0 touchdowns; W-P: Bartlow 7-12-0, 95 yards, 2 touchdowns.
RECEIVING - Brewster: Squires 1-4; W-P: Acevedo 1-(-2), Zuger 1-5, D. Estes 3-60-1, Wooderchak 2-32-1.