WAITSBURG - There was no slow start here Friday in Waitsburg-Prescott football action.
W-P scored touchdowns on its first six offensive possessions and lived up to its state 2B No. 3 ranking with a 49-14 win over the Riverside Pirates.
Last week, W-P trailed Elgin 6-0 early before righting the ship to win 50-28.
On Friday, Riverside stuffed W-P's Dalton Estes for no gain on the first W-P play from scrimmage. That was the last hurrah for the Pirate defense.
"We had to come out and do things that we are capable of doing," W-P coach Jeff Bartlow said. "We did that in throwing and running and playing D. We played a really good football game."
On the next play, W-P quarterback Zach Bartlow hit Estes down the middle with a 33-yard strike to the Riverside 18.
Billy Brown rumbled for 10 yards, and following an incomplete pass, Brown finished the job with an 8-yard TD plunge. Jose Barajas, who was five-of-six on conversion tries, added the point. Waitsburg-Prescott was off to the races with a 7-0 lead with 7:50 left in the first.
W-P marched 69 yards in five plays on its second possession. Bartlow had a 19-yard gallop for the only rushing play of the drive. Bartlow capped the drive with a 29-yard toss to Dustin Wooderchak for a 14-0 lead after one.
"We needed to play well early," coach Bartlow said. "We did and last week we didn't. Our kids rallied around the first few plays that were successful and played with a lot of good energy."
W-P kept it going in the second quarter - three possessions, three touchdowns.
A Bartlow-to-Danny Stansell 22-yard completion highlighted a 45-yard W-P march to open the second stanza. Bartlow culminated the drive with a nine-yard run for a 21-0 lead with 8:40 left in the half.
Bartlow returned a 60-yard punt down to the Riverside 15 to start W-P's next possession. Brown ran for 10 and Bartlow took it in from the five.
The Pirates went three-and-out, and W-P got the ball back at the Riverside 47. Bartlow hit Estes for 12 yards and connected with Riley Stevens for another 25 and a first down at the Pirate 10. Bartlow scored from there and W-P went to intermission up 36-0.
On the defensive side, W-P limited the Pirates to 59 yards of offense in the first half. Stansell recorded a sack, Eshom Estes had two stops for negative yards, and Chance Leroue added a stop for a loss.
The Pirates looked like they were going to get their first stop of the night as they backed W-P into a third-and-14 on the first W-P possession of the second half.
Not on this night.
Bartlow scrambled and found Justin Zuger for 24 yards and a first down at the Pirate 25.
After a loss of one, Bartlow teamed with Wooderchak for a 26-yard strike and a 42-0 W-P lead with 8:25 to play in the third. The first-team W-P offense did not return.
On the Pirates first possession, the W-P defense broke up a screen and Leroue picked it off and took it 50 yards for a 49-0 lead as the first-team defense finished its work.
"In the third quarter, we were going to come out and run the ball," coach Bartlow said. "Then we had a third and long, and wound up throwing a touchdown. We were going to come out and run one more series (with the first team), but Chance Leroue decided to take it to the house."
The only glitch came from Pirate fullback Briton Hansen. Hansen penetrated the middle of the W-P defense for 76 rushing yards against the first team W-P defense.
"They had some big running backs and big offensive linemen and our four-man front had trouble," coach Bartlow said. "We've got some defensive things to take care of because the team we're going to come up against (DeSales) has a really, really good running back (Nick Wales)."
W-P completed its pre-conference season a perfect 4-0 and opens Southeast 2B league play Friday at No. 6 ranked DeSales.
Waitsburg-Prescott 49, Riverside 14
Riverside 0 0 0 14 - 14
W-P 14 22 13 0 - 49
W-P - Brown 8 run (Barajas kick).
W-P - Wooderchak 29 pass from Bartlow (Barajas kick).
W-P - Bartlow 9 run (Barajas kick).
W-P - Bartlow 5 run (Barajas kick).
W-P - Bartlow 10 run (Wooderchak pass from D. Estes).
W-P - Wooderchak 26 pass from Bartlow (kick failed).
W-P - Leroue 50 int. return (Barajas kick).
Riv - Hansen 19 run (run failed).
Riv - Hansen 17 run (Hansen run).
First downs 11 11
Rushes/yards 41/198 17/67
Passing yards 48 204
Passes (att-comp-int) 9-1-1 21-10-0
Punts 5-29.8 1-41.0
Fumbles-lost 1-0 3-1
Penalties-yards 5-50 4-20
RUSHING - Riv: Carranza 12-51, O. Murillo 11-37, Hansen 12-112, Graff 4-12, Team 2-(-14); W-P: D. Estes 2-2, Brown 6-35, Bartlow 4-43, Leroue 2-(-1), S.Eastman 3-(-12).
PASSING - Riv: Graff 1-9-1, 48 yards; W-P: Bartlow 10-20-0, 204 yards, 2 TDs; Eastman 0-1-0, 0 yards.
RECEIVING - Riv: O. Murillo 1-48; W-P: D. Estes 2-45, Acevedo 1-4, Zuger 3-32, Wooderchak 4-77-2, Stansell 1-21, Stevens 1-25.