WAITSBURG - As season openers go, Friday's 48-18 win over Davenport wasn't bad for Waitsburg-Prescott, which finished third in the state last season.
And it wasn't as close as the score might indicate. W-P roared to a 48-0 lead before junior varsity players hit the field in the final quarter, giving up three touchdowns, including two off of turnovers, to the Gorillas.
"I'm happy with the results," said W-P coach Jeff Bartlow. "We can get a lot better. We'll watch the film and make progress."
W-P opened it quickly, when Dalton Estes intercepted a Nolan Lilje pass just 30 seconds into the game.
It didn't get better for the Gorillas.
Waitsburg-Prescott quarterback Zach Bartlow had a 60-yard run five minutes later, then a Bartlow-Devin Acevedo-Dustin Wooderchak passing sequence put W-P up 20-0 before the first quarter ended.
W-P scored twice more in the half, both off passes from Bartlow to Estes.
The first was a 13-yarder on second down, but the second was a 75-yard pass on first-and-10 after one of W-P's two interceptions.
"Our receivers did a great job tonight," coach Bartlow said. "They caught and blocked well. I was happy with that."
W-P scored again a minute into the second half, with a 51-yard Billy Brown rush. Brown ended up with eight rushes for 92 yards in just two quarters.
The Waitsburg-Prescott scoring tirade ended with 39 seconds to go in the third quarter, when Zach Bartlow had a 70-yard run after a fourth-down Davenport turnover.
From there, coach Bartlow subbed in junior varsity players, who couldn't hold the Gorillas back.
A Lilje quarterback keeper put the Gorillas on the board with five minutes to go in the fourth, then Cole Evers recovered a turnover for a 28-yard run. Both 2-point conversion attempts failed.
Although it was too little, too late, Davenport added its final points of the night off another interception from W-P freshman quarterback Owen Lanning, running it up the line even as the buzzer signaled the end of this season-opener.
W-P's starting quarterback Zach Bartlow outthrew visiting quarterback Lilje, with 179 yards to Lilje's 72.
"Zach was good under pressure, but he had a little too much pressure," coach Bartlow said of his quarterback.
At one point, Zach Bartlow, facing an oncoming line, threw it away into the stands.
Davenport was playing short handed, with only about 17 players suited up on the sideline. Offensive lineman Austin Savelesky went down with a left-knee injury in the third quarter. Savelesky eventually left the game via ambulance.
"They've got some really good players," coach Bartlow said. "But they don't have enough to go up against us. We struggled in the second quarter, but we got that corrected and started to make progress in the third quarter.
"We're not where we need to be, but for our season opener, this was a good win."
Waitsburg-Prescott travels to Oregon to face Pilot Rock Friday.
"That will be a really good game," Bartlow said. "You practice for 14 days before the season begins, and then you get to see where you're at."
Waitsburg-Prescott 48, Davenport 18
Davenport 0 0 0 18 - 18
W-P 20 14 14 0 - 48
W-P - D. Estes 26 run (Barajas kick).
W-P - Bartlow 60 run (Barajas kick).
W-P - Wooderchak 31 pass from Acevedo (kick failed).
W-P - Estes 18 pass from Bartlow (Barajas kick).
W-P - Estes 75 pass (Barajas kick).
W-P - Brown 51 run (Barajas kick).
W-P - Bartlow 70 run (Barajas kick)
Dav - Lilje 8 run (conversion fail).
Dav - Evers 28 run (conversion fail).
Dav - Graber 58 interception return.
First Downs 8 9
Rushing 11-66 17-271
Passing 14-72 11-209
Passes 28-14-14 18-11-3
Punts 4-122 1-29
Fumbles 5-2 2-1
Penalties 3-15 4-55
Rushing - Dav: Zeller 3-15, Oliver 2-5, Lilje 3-14, Mielke 1-1, Watkins 1-3, Evers 1-28. W-P: Estes 2-25, Bartlow 3-142, Brown 8-92, Lanning 3-2, Tompkins 1-10.
Passing - Dav: Lilje 11-28 72 yards; W-P: Bartlow 10-24 179 yards, Acevedo 1-1 31 yards; Lanning 0-4 0 yards.
Receiving - Dav: Evers 1-6, Zeller 7-66, Oliver 4-15, Mielke 1-4. W-P: Acevdeo 3-26, Zuger 1-13, Wooderchak 2-60, Stansell 1-8, Brown 2-9, Estes 2-93.