MILTON-FREEWATER - Weston-McEwen running back Elliot Salter sprinted to four touchdowns in a 39-0 TigerScots win over Mac-Hi at Shockman Field Friday night.
Salter scored on three long plays from scrimmage, and also had a long punt return.
"Elliot found the holes and did a fantastic job running the ball," Weston-McEwen coach Kenzie Hansell said. "Our offensive line blocked well and our wide receivers downfield did their job blocking, too."
The Pioneers did little to counter Salter and the TigerScots' running game. Mac-Hi managed just 60 yards of offense and five first downs.
"Overall, we didn't do the fundamentals offensively, defensively and mentally," Pioneers coach Chuck Pease said. "We didn't execute and the outcome is what we have. Weston-McEwen is a good team, and that is what happens when you don't play well."
Mac-Hi received the opening kickoff, recorded a first down running the ball, but the drive stalled after a false start penalty.
The Pioneers punted, and W-M scored on its first play from the line of scrimmage as Salter ran right up the middle on a dive, broke a couple of tackles and raced down the left sideline 57 yards for the score. The 2-point try was converted as quarterback Dallas Reich hit wide receiver Ron Terjeson on a fade pattern in the left corner of the end zone.
A three-and-out followed for Mac-Hi, and the teams then traded possessions.
Mac-Hi's next punt was returned by Salter 80 yards for the touchdown. Salter broke the run up the middle and weaved his way up the left sideline virtually untouched to the end zone, and the score was 14-0 W-M with 1:26 remaining in the first quarter after the 2-point attempt failed.
"Elliot used cutbacks and kept his feet moving on several of his runs for scores," Hansell said. "Give his teammates credit, too, they all blocked well and it takes 11 guys to score on each play."
The scoring ceased for much of the second quarter before TigerScot free safety Dallas Reich turned in a 41-yard pick-6 at the 3-minute mark off Mac-Hi quarterback Derek Richwine.
The TigerScots held a 20-0 halftime lead.
Mac-Hi started off the second half with a fumble recovery at midfield, but the Pioneers couldn't produce any offense to keep a drive going.
With 4:18 remaining in the third quarter, Salter scored his third touchdown of the game - this time a 49-yarder - to make it 26-0 W-M.
But third-quarter scoring wasn't over.
As time ran out in the period, Reich hit receiver Jared Bond for a 32-yard scoring strike.
A 2-point pass to Terjeson failed, and W-M led 32-0 into the final stanza.
Early in the fourth quarter, after a failed Mac-Hi drive via the interception, Salter took a running play 23 yards for the touchdown.
In the game, Reich was 11-of-23 passing for 81 yards and the score.
"We were a little off in the passing game," Hansell said. "But Mac-Hi's defensive backs played well. The running game was working for us, though, all night long and we did what we needed to do to win."
W-M had 247 yards on the ground, 194 by Salter.
"The defense played great and got the shutout," Hansell said. "So we are excited about that most of all."
Weston-McEwen 39, Mac-Hi 0
Weston-McEwen 14 6 6 13 - 39
Mac-Hi 0 0 0 0 - 0
W-M - Salter 57 punt return (Terjeson pass from Reich)
W-M - Salter 80 run (pass failed)
W-M - Reich 41 int return (pass failed)
W-M - Salter 49 run (kick failed)
W-M - Bond 32 pass from Reich (pass failed)
W-M - Salter 23 run (McAllister kick good)
First downs 8 5
Rushes/yards 29-247 35-43
Passing yards 81 17
Passes (att-comp-int) 11-25-0 3-17-3
Punts 3-91 9-315
Fumbles-lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties 2-10 4-35
RUSHING - Weston-McEwen: Salter 15-194, Reich 3-29, McAllister 2-7, Peterson 3-10, Lively 1-16, Osborne 2-8, Sprenger 1-3, Bennett 1-3, Washburn 1-(-2). Mac-Hi: McCoy 15-48, Dombrosky 5-8, Morris 5-(-2), Hodgen 4-(-7), Richwine 6-(-4).
PASSING - Weston-McEwen: Reich 11-23, 81 yards, 1 touchdown, Terjeson 0-2, 0 yards. Mac-Hi: Richwine 3-15 17 yards, Saldana 0-2, 0 yards.
RECEIVING - Weston-McEwen: Salter 5-26, Lively 1-16, Terjeson 1-1, Ramirez 1-2, C. Thacker 1-1, Bond 2-35. Mac-Hi: Dombrosky 1-2, Sandoval 1-5, Zaragoza 1-10.