PILOT ROCK, Ore. — The Weston-McEwen football team set the tone early on the road against Pilot Rock here Friday night, scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter and holding the Rockets to minus-13 yards from the line of scrimmage in the opening stanza.
“Our defense really played well,” W-M coach Kenzie Hansell said. “They really were outstanding and limited the Pilot Rock scores. We gave up the first touchdown in the second quarter when they had good starting field position.
“Then, we gave up the two scores late in the fourth quarter when we had a sizable lead.”
W-M rolled to a 40-18 victory on the back of running back and middle linebacker Tyler Peterson. He amassed 372 yards on 38 carries and scored five touchdowns.
Peterson scored on the first TigerScot play on offense with an 80-yard touchdown scamper. Quarterback Jacob Ramirez scored the other first-quarter touchdown for W-M on a one-yard QB keeper.
Tyler Peterson took it from there, scoring four more times in the game. He ran it in from 20 and 15 yards away, while punching it in from one and five yards away.
“Tyler is a tough kid who loves to run the ball,” Hansell said, “although Peterson would be the first guy to give credit to the offensive line for blocking. They gave him a lot of holes to squeeze through and the down-field blocking of the wide receivers setting the edge helped, too.
“Tyler really is a tough guy to bring down and he got a lot of yards after the first hit.”
Ramirez added 16 carries on 62 yards on the ground.
He also passed for 62 yards.
Making catches for W-M were Erick Washburn for 26 yards, and Peterson and Dusty Bennett had one catch for 15 yards apiece.
Tight end Zane Chapman caught a ball for six yards.
K.J. White booted 4-of-6 extra points for W-M.
The Rockets failed on an extra point kick and two of their 2-point tries.
The W-M defense had its hands full with two big Pilot Rock backs of its own. Jason Grosjacques (6 foot, 4 inches and 220 pounds) and Logan Thorne (6-1, 190) made some headway on the ground before the game was over.
Grosjacques carried 10 times for 39 yards and Thorne had three touchdowns on 92 yards rushing.
“The kids really played well and were excited to play,” Hansell said. “We had a good traveling crowd, the third week in a row that we’ve been on the road, and we’ve got another road game next week in Elgin.
“We’re looking forward to playing Elgin and we’ll be taking the league games one at a time.”
The TigerScots are currently ranked No. 9 in state, but are in fifth place in the Blue Mountain Conference, one spot out of a playoff berth.
Still on the schedule for W-M are the undefeated Heppner Mustangs and Stanfield Tigers. W-M will also have the opportunity to play Irrigon and Elgin.
“It really is a strong league, but we had a really good preseason that has made us tough,” Hansell said.
Weston-McEwen 40, Pilot Rock 18
W-M 14 14 6 6 — 40
Pilot Rock 0 6 0 12 — 18
RUSHING — W-M: Peterson 38-372-5, Ramirez 16-62-1, Osborne 1-1, Thacker 2-3, Washburn 2-18, Betts 3-13, Gilsdorph 1-2. PR: Thorne 15-92, Grosjacques 10-39.
PASSING — W-M: Ramirez 4-16, 62 yards; PR: McCall 3-7, 91 yards.
RECEIVING — Washburn 1-26, Chapman 1-6, Bennett 1-15, Peterson 1-15.