WAITSBURG — Waitsburg-Prescott hit for the cycle, as it scored just about every way you can, here Friday in non-league homecoming football action.
W-P scored on seven of its first eight possessions to defeat Mabton, 54-8.
“We needed to get something going early offensively,” W-P coach Jeff Bartlow said. “Their (regular) quarterback wasn’t here, so I knew they would be in trouble offensively. We wanted to get points early, get going, and get things taken care of.”
W-P’s first drive stalled at the Viking 7, but Dalton Estes salvaged a 24-yard field goal and W-P led 3-0 with 6:23 left in the first.
Mabton had no answers this night.
The Vikings went three-and-out and punted from their own 6, but a high snap forced punter Lorenzo Sanchez to step over the end zone end-line for a W-P safety.
Roy Ebong returned the ensuing Viking kick 52 yards to the Mabton 15. Ebong made a diving catch of a Stirling Eastman pass for a 15-yard touchdown and, with a field goal, safety and touchdown, W-P led 12-0 with 3:40 left in the first.
Ben Shafer hurried Viking quarterback, freshman Nico Pina, into an incompletion, and W-P forced a punt from the Viking 11. Ebong gathered the punt in stride and raced 43 yards for a W-P touchdown.
W-P’s defense forced a fumble and Riley Stevens fell on it at the Viking 14. Eastman pitched to Estes, who scooted home for a 26-0 W-P lead after one.
“I was happy with the field goal to get us going,” Bartlow said. “We executed really well. We got to play a lot of kids and take care of some depth issues.”
W-P marched 68 yards in eight plays on its first possession of the second. Estes, from running back, carried four times for 48 yards as an Eastman-to-Ebong nine-yard scoring pass sealed the drive.
On it next possession — the fifth of the first half — W-P made it five possessions for five scores as Estes caught a screen pass from Eastman and ran 21 yards to the Mabton 3. Estes finished with a three-yard plunge and W-P led 40-0 with 4:30 left in the half.
The W-P defense held Mabton to minus 24 yards of offense in the first 24 minutes. Estes boomed his first four kickoffs into the end zone and forced Mabton to begin its first four drives from its 20.
“He (Estes) kicks into the end zone on a regular basis,” Bartlow said. “He kicked his third field goal in a row this week, and he punts 40 yards. He’s got talent there (in the kicking game). He’s a huge weapon for us.”
Estes, from his running back spot, broke a 59 yard TD run on W-P’s first play from scrimmage to open the second half, but a penalty nullified the run. Not to worry as an Eastman-to-Stevens pass got W-P back to the original line of scrimmage. Estes broke another 59-yard run for the score — this one counted — as the first-team offense completed its night’s work and left with a 47-0 lead with 9:02 left in the third.
Estes, who was moving into Billy Brown’s running back spot, finished with 161 yards rushing on 16 runs and scored three rushing touchdowns.
“We had to get him accustomed to all the things (at running back) that he (Estes) will be doing for awhile,” Bartlow said. “Billy is on indefinite suspension until we find out more. We’re planning without him. Dalton is a good athlete and can play running back. He’s one of the best receivers in the state and to put him in the backfield is not what we wanted to do. We’re going with that package. We’ve got enough guys to be pretty good.”
W-P moves to 6-1 overall and takes a 2-1 Southeast 2B mark to Asotin for a league battle with the Panthers Friday.
“We need better challenges and will have one Friday,” Bartlow said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do.”
Waitsburg-Prescott 54, Mabton 8
Mabton 0 0 0 8 — 8
W-P 26 14 14 0 — 54
W-P — Estes 24 FG.
W-P — Safety, Mabton out of end zone on punt.
W-P — Ebong 15 pass from Eastman (Estes kick).
W-P — Ebong 43 punt return (Estes kick).
W-P — Estes 14 run (Estes kick).
W-P — Ebong 9 pass from Eastman (Estes kick).
W-P — Estes 3 run (Estes kick).
W-P — Estes 59 run (Alexanko kick).
W-P — Tompkins 3 run (Alexanko kick).
Mab — Carassco 5 run (Marquez run).
First downs 7 8
Rushes/yards 31-(-5) 29-192
Passing yards 27 82
Passes (att-comp-int) 13-4-0 10-7-0
Punts 5-37.8 1-35.0
Fumbles-lost 7-3 5-2
Penalties-yards 1-11 5-54
RUSHING — Mabton: Zavala 5-(-2), Pina 12-(-55), J. Gutierrez 3-2, Marquez 8-32, Carassco 3-18-1; W-P: Estes 16-161-3, Eastman 1-14, Tompkins 5-10-1, Dill 1-5, Lanning 2-3, Alfred 2-17, Team 2-(-18).
PASSING — Mabton: Pina 4-13-0, 27 yards; W-P: Eastman 7-10-0, 82 yards, 2 TDs.
RECEIVING — Mabton: A. Gutierrez 1-13, Rodriguez 1-4, Abundes 1-5, Carassco 1-15; W-P: Ebong 4-40-2, Tompkins 1-13, Estes 1-21, Stevens 1-8.