No mercy for TigerScots at Irrigon's homecoming

Weston-McEwen continues its undefeated season with a 66-14 romp past the Knights Friday.

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IRRIGON - Weston-McEwen's TigerScots destroyed Irrigon, 66-14, during the Knights' homecoming here Friday.

Senior Nick Lively led W-M with four touchdowns - two on offense and two on defense.

"Nick just flies around and makes plays," W-M coach Kenzie Hansell said. "I'm awfully proud of him, but knowing Nick he would give credit to his teammates, too."

Lively scooped up two fumbles and returned them for touchdowns on defense.

Lively also caught two long touchdown passes from quarterback Dallas Reich in the game.

Reich threw for 157 yards and hit Lively stride-for-stride on 29-and 40-yard connections.

"I felt Dallas made his reads tonight, and the deep ball happened to be there against a cover 3 defense, which was fantastic," Hansell said. "Reich had a great game tonight, too."

Other big statistics in the game included the overall W -M defense, which sacked Knight quarterbacks 11 times.

Zack Sundin, Greg Papineau and K.J. White had multiple sacks on the night.

"I felt on defense we got a lot of pressure on their quarterback and did some things to disrupt their offense," Hansell said.

The TigerScot front four and linebacking crew blew up the line of scrimmage on a regular basis, holding the Knights to negative yards on the ground.

The W- M defense showed up big time on the initial possession of the game. A bad snap by the Knights and the ensuing scrum for the ball allowed Lively to pick up the ball and scamper into the end zone for the game's first score.

A three-and-out by Irrigon, a good TigerScot punt return and Knights penalties put the TigerScots in position for another quick score.

Elliot Salter capped a 63-yard drive with a run into the end zone.

Two Reich runs on the first 2-point tries of the game made it 16-0 W -M three minutes into the game.

Another three-and-out for Irrigon, a long drive for the TigerScots stopped by a goal-line interception by Oswaldo Macias and a 43-yard return seemingly breathed new life into the Knights.

But Irrigon went nowhere with the ball and punted again.

Salter finished off the ensuing TigerScot 57-yard drive with another running score.

More disarray followed for the Knights before they punted, and Salter scored his third touchdown on a 60-yard punt return.

Bobby McAllister's extra point kick was good and it was 29-0 less than a minute into the second quarter.

Reich hooked up with Jared Bond on a 23-yard pass to move the chains after Irrigon turned it over on downs.

That was followed by Reich's 21-yard QB draw to make it 35-0 with nine minutes remaining in the second quarter.

And the TigerScot passing game was just getting started.

On back-to-back drives, Reich hit Lively on long touchdown passes, making one PAT and failing on the other.

On the last W-M drive before the half, it was all back-up running back McAllister. McAllister returned a punt for 35 yards, then ran the ball for 38 more and punched it into the end zone from two yards out.

It was 54-0 at halftime.

On W-M's first drive of the second half, back-up freshman quarterback Eric Washburn led W-M to another score. Washburn had one run of 29 yards and then hit pay dirt from a yard away.

It was 60-0 and the running clock was ticking on Irrigon.

The Knights fumbled after a first-down pass play and catch near midfield. Papineau forced the fumble and Lively scooped it up to score and make it 66-0 with 10 minutes remaining in the game.

The Knights got on the board with a 56-yard touchdown pass from Francisco Nunez to Andy Aguilera and the 2-point conversion. Aguilera also returned a punt late in the fourth quarter 60 yards to make the final 66-14.

"I thought our guys played well," Hansell said. "We executed most of the night. We could have caught a few more balls and wrapped up a little better on defense. But for this point in the season, I'm very proud of our team."

The TigerScots are now 7-0 overall, 4-0 in Blue Mountain Conference play. They are also ranked 10th in the OSAA rankings, one spot behind Enterprise and three ahead of Heppner.

The next two W-M opponents are Heppner at home at 7 p.m. Friday, and then at Enterprise Nov. 4.

The Blue Mountain Conference title is still up for grabs, as Heppner has one league loss to Enterprise, and Enterprise is still unbeaten in the BMC.

Heppner is the 13-time defending BMC champions and brings a challenge to Athena next week.

"At this point in the season we're looking to play hard and control what we can control." Hansell said, "Heppner is a very solid team and we're excited for the opportunity to play them. We'll have to have a solid week of practice and preparation before that game. We're all healthy as of now, and we're happy about that."

With the win over Irrigon, the TigerScots clinched no worse than a third-place spot in the BMC and a ticket to the state playoffs.

Weston-McEwen 66, Irrigon 14

W-M 22 32 6 6 - 66

Irrigon 0 0 0 14 - 14

W-M - Lively 15 fumble return (Reich run).

W-M - Salter 6 run (Reich run).

W-M - Salter 2 run (pass failed).

W-M - Salter 60 punt return (McAllister kick).

W-M - Reich 21 run (kick blocked).

W-M - Lively 40 pass from Reich (McAllister kick).

W-M - Lively 29 pass from Reich (kick failed).

W-M - McAllister 2 run (kick failed).

W-M - Washburn 1 run (kick failed).

W-M - Lively 65 fumble return (kick failed).

Irr - Aguilera 56 pass from Nunez (Macias pass from Nunez).

Irr - Aguilera 60 punt return (pass failed).

W - M Irrigon

First downs 13 6

Rushes/yards 29-218 22-(-52)

Passing yards 159 165

Passes (att-com-int) 11-21-1 11-21-0

Punts 3-22 7-34

Fumbles-lost 1-0 5-4

Penalties-yards 4-33 6-67

Individual Statistics

RUSHING - W-M: Salter 6-60, Reich 3-67, Peterson 1-9, Osborne 5-2, Bennett 1-(-1), McAllister 5-47, Washburn 7-32, Sprenger 1-6. Irr: Nunez 16-(-57), Aguilera 6-5.

PASSING - W-M: Reich 10-20, 157 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception. Washburn 1-1, 2 yards. Irr: Nunez 11-21, 165 yards, 1 touchdown.

RECEIVING - W-M: Salter 3-16, Peterson 2-3, Bond 2-53, Terjeson 1-10, Lively 2-69, Baumann 1-2. Irr: Macias 4-69, Aguilera 7-96.

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