ATHENA - The Weston-McEwen TigerScots continued their dominance in the early season as they beat up on the Elgin Huskies, 52-0, here Friday night.
W-M's defense was as impressive than the offense, scoring 22 points on the defensive/special teams side of the ball.
While scoring 22 points without the offense, the defense allowed only 61 yards of Huskies offense from the line of scrimmage - and four first downs - en route to another shutout.
The W-M offense rushed for nearly 300 yards and threw for 75 yards.
"It's football," W-M coach Kenzie Hansell said. "It takes both sides of the ball to win and be successful. Right now, being 5-0, we're having both sides click, and credit to the players and the coaching staff.
"The players are important because they are lining up and taking responsibility for their positions," he said. "The coaching staff is there preparing them to do their job."
Quarterback Dallas Reich starred on the opening possession for the TigerScots. On a second-and-10, Reich scampered for 50 yards on a quarterback draw.
Another quarterback draw, on a mis-direction option play, netted 11 more yards for Reich.
Running back Elliot Salter punched it in for the touchdown from seven yards out and Reich rolled out and ran for the 2-point conversion. The score with 7:34 remaining in the first quarter was 8-0, W-M.
After an Elgin drive stalled and the Huskies punted, the big-play TigerScot offense struck again. This time the score was on a pitch to fullback Tyler Peterson out of the shotgun and four wide receiver format.
Peterson grabbed the pitch to the right, got the corner, made several cutbacks using the whole field and sprinted to a 56-yard touchdown.
On the next Elgin drive, middle linebacker Peterson sacked Huskies quarterback Blu Risseuw on back-to-back plays - the second sack forcing a fumble. W-M defensive lineman Nick Pease picked up the fumble and rambled 25 yards for the touchdown to make it 22-0 after the extra point.
The scoring halted until halfway through the second quarter, when Pease scored again, this time on special teams.
The Huskies attempted to punt from their own 20-yard line, and nose tackle Riley Sederburg broke through the line and blocked the kick. Pease corralled the blocked kick and ran to another touchdown, this one 15 yards for the score.
The next four points were scored by the W-M defense.
"Our team speed and discipline is what I'm most proud of," Hansell said. "Getting to the areas that we needed to cover based on our film study was important.
"I was excited the way we flew around, created fumbles, scooped and scored."
The Huskies started at their own 13 yard line on the ensuing drive. A couple of sacks in a row by Greg Papineau pushed Elgin back to its own 3-yard line. Then Zach Sundin sacked the Elgin quarterback in the end zone for the safety.
Elgin was promptly stopped on the next drive, but W-M gave the ball right back with an interception, the second of the game.
"We had some turnovers tonight," Hansell said. "We were working on some new things that we've been practicing. We need to get better each week. We will start on Monday and keep getting a little bit better each week."
Even though W-M turned the ball over three times - twice in the red zone - points were aplenty for them.
On Elgin's next drive, two tackles for a loss pushed the Huskies back and Sundin stopped the running back on one of those plays in the end zone for the safety. The score was 33-0 TigerScots with a 1:12 remaining in the first half.
"We got them down around their own end zone, guys stepped up, made tackles and wrapped up," Hansell said.
"The defensive line put pressure on them, created holes for linebackers. It was everybody doing their assignments, everyone making tackles and all creating a situation on defense where they could be successful."
A punt return of 35 yards by Salter set up Reich to hit Ron Terjeson on a 30-yard touchdown pass over the left side to leave the halftime score 39-0.
Reich scored on a short rushing touchdown after a 35-yard Salter run 0n the opening possession of the second half.
After the Huskies punted, W-M's Jacob Ramirez returned the kick 45 yards for the touchdown for the final tally of 52-0.
"We're back on the road next week against a tough opponent (Stanfield)," Hansell said. "We've been home for awhile and it is another league game next week. Hopefully, we'll be ready to play again next week. We'll be completely healthy next week, which will be nice."
Weston-McEwen 52, Elgin 0
Elgin 0 0 0 0 - 0
W-M 22 17 13 0 - 52
W-M - Salter 7 run (Reich run).
W-M - Peterson 56 run (B. McAllister kick).
W-M - Pease 25 fumble return (McAllister kick).
W-M - Pease 15 punt block return (McAllister kick).
W-M - Sundin sack safety.
W-M - Sundin tackle safety.
W-M - Terjeson 30 pass from Reich (kick blocked).
W-M - Reich 10 run (McAllister kick).
W-M - Ramirez 45 punt return (kick failed).
First downs 4 12
Rushes/yards 30-8 26-298
Passing yards 53 74
Passes (att-com-int) 8-3-0 10-3-2
Punts 6-28.6 0
Fumbles-lost 1-1 2-1
Penalties/yards 4-28 5-30
RUSHING - Elg: Risseuw 14-(-24), Roberts 5-(-4), Crouch 13-31, D. Vermillion 3-5. W-M: Reich 5-87, Salter 11-109, Peterson 2-55, McAllister, B. 3-42, Osborne 1-0, Bennett 2-3, Sprenger 2-2.
PASSING - Elg: Risseuw 3-8, 53 yards. W-M: Reich 3-10, 74 yards, 1 touchdown.
RECEIVING - Elg: Davidson 3-53. W-M: Terjeson 2-40-1, Salter 2-34.