DAYTON — Dayton came to battle here in Bulldog homecoming 2012 against Waitsburg-Prescott.
The Bulldogs limited Waitsburg-Prescott to 20 rushing yards and forced four W-P turnovers in the first half.
A W-P safety and a 15-yard TD pass from Sterling Eastman to Chance Leroue was the only scoring of the half as W-P went to intermission clinging to an 8-0 lead.
But the short-handed Bulldogs wore down and W-P scored 31 unanswered second-half points to pull out a 39-0 Southeast 2B conference football victory.
“I’ve got 17 kids,” Dayton coach Dean Bickelhaupt said. “Those 17 kids fought hard. Defensively, they all played a good game. They get a little worn out going to the fourth quarter.”
Waitsburg-Prescott’s Dalton Estes had a 48-yard punt that downed by James Thompkins at the Dayton 1 with 4:39 left in the opening quarter. Two plays later, Nate Bartlow fell on a Bulldog fumble at the Dayton to set W-P up in scoring position, but W-P gave it right back as Lowden Smith fell on a W-P fumble at the Bulldog 2.
Dayton was flagged for a holding penalty in its end zone and W-P took a 2-0 lead with 2:35 to play in the first.
Dayton forced three second-quarter W-P turnovers as Dakota Hayes recovered a muffed fair catch, and Bulldog Guy Spalinger fell on a loose W-P ball after a 14-yard pass completion.
Smith got his second fumble recovery to stop a W-P drive at the Dayton 31.
W-P managed to sustain a 76-yard drive for its first-half TD with 10:05 to play.
Leroue and Eastman were the first-half offensive bright spots for W-P. Leroue had four catches for 76 yards and the score, while Eastman threw for 113 first-half yards.
“They (Dayton) played gamey,” W-P coach Jeff Bartlow said. “We’re in a game because we can’t take care of the football. They have a tough 3-5 D. They slant their D-line and it’s not easy to run against. They have a good scheme and they have always been tough, but they ran out of horses.”
W-P put the ball on the ground the first two times it touched the ball to start the second half, but an Eastman-to-Roy Ebong 18-yard pass righted the W-P ship and moved W-P to a first-and-10 at the Dayton 43.
The drive stalled after Dayton’s Alex Naylor sacked Eastman for a nine-yard loss back at the Bulldog 21, and Isaiah Lambert drug Billy Brown down after a two-yard gain. On fourth down, Dalton Estes connected on a 35-yard field goal for an 11-0 W-P lead with 5:43 to play in the third.
“We stumbled around a little bit on the first drive of the second half,” coach Bartlow said. “Dalton’s field goal was a huge momentum booster for our team. That got us going and we started rolling.”
On W-P’s last possession of the third, on second-and-16, Eastman scrambled to his left and dumped a short pass to Thompkins. Thompkins tight-roped down the near sideline for 57 yards and a W-P first down at the Bulldog nine. Brown plowed in from there for a 19-0 W-P lead with 2:02 left in the third.
“That (catch-and-run to James (Thompkins) was a big play for us,” coach Bartlow said. “It kept our drive alive. He hasn’t caught a ball all year, but he has good speed and we’re trying to use him at wide receiver.”
“Johnny Sanchez was just inches from making the pick,” Bickelhaupt said of the Thompkins catch. “Sometimes you gamble and you lose. I thought (overall) Johnny played a heck of a game defensively.”
W-P got the fourth quarter off by running Estes out of the backfield and Eastman found him for a 60-yard touchdown that produced a 26-0 W-P advantage with 11:25 left in the game.
“That was a nice setup,” Bickelhaupt said. “I had Wyatt (Frame) on 13 (Estes, who caught only three balls on the game) all night. He blocked Wyatt and flared out and Wyatt couldn’t get back.”
Brown culminated the W-P scoring with a 56-yard gallop with 6:30 left. Brown ran for a game high 148 yards with 144 coming in the second-half.
Eastman finished 12-of-20 for 253 yards passing, as W-P improved to 2-1 in SE 2B play and 5-1 overall. W-P entertains non-league foe Mabton Friday in its homecoming tilt.
“I like our third quarter all year,” coach Bartlow said. “We flew around better the second half. Homecoming week is typically a disaster, but the kids will have a lot of fun and we’ll bring the energy to the game.”
Smith led the Bulldog ball carriers with 81 rushing yards.
Dayton travels to Edgar Brown Stadium in Pasco Friday to face Tri-Cities Prep in a SE2B battle.
“They (the Bulldogs) play hard for me,” Bickelhaupt said. “They’ll keep fighting. I couldn’t ask for anything more. We’ve just got to generate some offense. If we could get some points on the board, it would give us a jump kick.”
Waitsburg-Prescott 39, Dayton 0
W-P 2 6 11 20 — 39
Dayton 0 0 0 0 — 0
W-P — Safety: Dayton penalty in end zone.
W-P — Leroue 15 pass from Eastman (kick blocked).
W-P — Estes 35 FG.
W-P — Brown 9 run (Leroue pass from Estes).
W-P — Estes 60 pass from Eastman (Estes kick).
W-P — Eastman 9 run (Alexenko kick).
W-P — Brown 56 run (kick failed).
First Downs 10 5
Rushes/yards 33-186 43-96
Passing yards 253 24
Passing (att-comp-int) 21-12-0 10-1-3
Penalities 8-86 7-50
Punts 2-35.5 7-26.1
Rushing — W-P: Eastman 8-19, Brown 15-148-2, Estes 7-20, Alexenko 1-(-5), Lanning 2-4; Day: Lambert 7-(-9), Hackett 4-2, Smith 23-81, Frame 4-6, Spalinger 4-4, Sanchez 1-12.
Passing — W-P: Eastman 12-20-0, 253 yards, 2 TDs, Estes 0-1-0; Day: Lambert 1-6-2, 24 yards, Frame 0-2-0, Smith 0-2-1.
Receiving — W-P: Estes 3-81-1, Brown 1-8, Leroue 4-76-1, Ebong 2-26, Thompkins 1-57, Alexenko 1-5; Day: Frame 1-24.