Waitsburg-Prescott rides Rockets in wild 60-14 romp

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PILOT ROCK, Ore. - There are two figures which defined Friday night's matchup between Waitsburg-Prescott and Pilot Rock: 10.6 and 2.72.

W-P gave up only 2.72 yards-per-play, while averaging more than a first down every time they touched the ball, in the 60-14 romp over the Rockets.

Waitsburg-Prescott was led on offense by senior quarterback Zach Bartlow, who completed 16-of-25 passes (more than a few of those incompletions being drops) for 216 yards, while also rushing for a team-high 112 yards. Bartlow accounted for five of W-P's nine touchdowns on the night.

Bartlow was joined in the backfield by explosive senior running back Billy Brown - sporting a mane worthy of the trend-setting Troy Polamalu - giving the Rockets a two-headed monster to contend with and rushing for 87 yards on only nine carries.

"Zach (Bartlow) and Billy (Brown) are a pretty tough combination," W-P coach Jeff Bartlow said. "They're both pretty fast and they're both pretty athletic. They've got a pretty good thing going. Billy has stepped right in there and done a good job."

One reason Bartlow and Brown had such red-letter nights was the dominating play of the W-P offensive line.

"What I'm really happy about was that our O-line picked it up. I thought they played very poorly last week," coach Bartlow said. "They protected Zach and we played a lot better up front. That was the key to victory tonight.

"If there was a game ball tonight, I would give it to the offensive and defensive lines," Bartlow said. "(Coaches Joe Estes and Allan Wilson) really coached them up and they made a big improvement tonight."

The Rockets took the ball on offense for the first series and started in reverse. After star running back Logan Thorne had some success with a 5-yard run to start the night, Pilot Rock was quickly punting the ball away thanks to the W-P linebackers blowing up an outside run from Thorne and an option play that almost resulted in a fumble.

"We started off kind of flat-footed for whatever reason," coach Bartlow said. "Our guys dropped balls and we were just a little frustrated,"

A drive later and W-P was still having a hard time hanging onto the ball, with freshman Devin Acevedo dropping another pass, although Bartlow wasn't perfect either - he overthrew several open receivers that had nothing but green in front of them.

"(It was) really uncharacteristic," said Bartlow. "Last week we didn't drop a ball at all and then to come out and drop four passes in the first quarter was shocking.

"We even dropped a couple touchdowns. It was like ‘What is going on?,'" Bartlow said.

The Rockets couldn't hold forever, though, and Zach Bartlow broke a read-option keeper for a 37-yard touchdown after the defense bit on the handoff to Brown with four minutes left in the first quarter.

Pilot Rock took over and drove for 5:41, but, after 11 plays, the Rockets stalled and turned the ball over on downs.

Waitsburg-Prescott took over on its own 27 and kept trying for the big play. When W-P couldn't connect for the long passes, Brown and Bartlow made plays with their feet to move the chains until, finally, Bartlow connected with Acevedo for a 40-yard touchdown pass. That put W-P up 14-0 and the metaphorical dam burst.

W-P scored on every single possession after that, even after the backups took the field, racking up 583 total yards of offense.

"We corrected (the drops), kinda got in their mugs a little bit," Bartlow said. "They started catching the ball like they're capable of and that's when everybody gets to play.

Midway through the third quarter, the junior varsity players took the field for mop-up duty, and they had trouble not scoring.

One good example of Waitsburg-Prescott's depth was freshman Chance Leroue. Leroue took a simple handoff halfway through the fourth quarter and turned it into a 63-yard touchdown run.

"It's a good picture of our depth," Bartlow said. "We have a really good sophomore and freshman class and they were all out there at the end. We don't want to put 60 (points) on anybody, and that certainly wasn't intended, but it was all of our younger kids out there on the field and that's how it ended up being."

Waitsburg-Prescott 60, Pilot Rock 14

W-P 7 20 14 19 - 60

Pilot Rock 0 6 0 8 - 14

W-P - Bartlow 37 run (Barajas kick).

W-P - Acevedo 40 pass from Bartlow (Barajas kick).

W-P - Bartlow 9 run (conversion failed).

PR - Thorne 63 pass from Leasy (kick failed).

W-P - Estes 65 pass from Bartlow (Barajas kick).

W-P - Wooderchak 5 pass from Bartlow (Barajas kick).

W-P - Brown 9 run (Barajas kick).

W-P - Estes 10 pass from Eastman (Barajas kick).

PR - Thorne 4 run (Callahan conversion).

W-P - Leroue 63 run (conversion failed).

W-P - Larue 20 run (not attempted).

Wai Pil

First downs 18 4

Rushes/yards 29-357 40-74

Passing yards 17-226 4-54

Passes (att-comp-int) 17-26-0 4-7-0

Punts 0-0 5-127

Fumbles-lost 2-0 3-1

Penalties-yards 8-60 1-7.5

Individual Statistics

RUSHING - Wai: Brown 9-87, Bartlow 8-112, Eastman 2-55, Leroue 1-63; Pil: Thorne 20-44, Leasy 6-14.

PASSING - Wai: Bartlow 16-25-0 216 yards, Eastman 1-1-0 10 yards; Pil: Leasy 4-7-0 54 yards.

RECEIVING - Wai: Estes 7-103, Acevedo 3-58, Wooderchak 2-18, Zuger 3-18; Pil: Thorne 4-54.

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