ASOTIN — Waitsburg-Prescott scored 14 unanswered third-period points Friday night in Southeast 2B football action and took a commanding 26-7 lead to the fourth.
Asotin scored with 4:50 left in the game to cut the lead to 26-14, but W-P never gave the ball back and emerged with the 26-14 win.
“You have to credit the kids and (quarterback) Stirling (Eastman),” W-P coach Jeff Bartlow said of W-P’s last 4:50. “We got four first downs. Chance (Leroue), Roy (Ebong), and Dalton (Estes) all made third-down conversions, and Stirling changed plays at the line of scrimmage on two of those. We just didn’t give the ball back.”
On the Panthers’ first possession of the game Asotin attempted to convert a fourth down at midfield and the W-P defense held. Estes scooted for a 46-yard score and a 6-0 lead.
“They were aggressive as they had nothing to loose,” Bartlow said of Asotin’s fourth-down try.
Estes added another long run, this time a 49-yarder before the first ended, although it didn’t go for points.
“Dalton got loose and added a 49-yard run on a draw before the quarter ended,” Bartlow said. “That got us moving.”
Eastman scored on a six-yard run to open the second period, but the Panthers struck on a 36-yard Kyle Davidson run and W-P went to intermission up 12-7.
“We were on a stunt,” Bartlow said of the Panther run. “We made a mistake and left a gap open.”
A 51-yard Estes scoring run, a 45-yard touchdown pass from Estes, on a halfback pass, to Leroue produced the W-P 26-7 lead after three.
“We were in total control after back-to-back touchdowns (in the third),” Bartlow said. “Then we just made a mistake and threw a pick.”
With 4:50 left, the Panthers’ quarterback, Erik Loseth hit Brett Keener with a 10-yard scoring pass, but the Asotin offense never touched the ball the rest of the way as W-P improved to 3-1 in SE2B play and 7-1 overall with the 26-14 win.
Leroue caught four passes for 73 yards and a score, and Ebong added four catches for 41 yards.
Estes led W-P with 314 yards of total offense. The senior wide receiver who spent his second week as the full time W-P tailback ran for 244 yards, scored two rushing touchdowns, and threw for one.
“He is the best football player on our team,” Bartlow said of his senior. “He gets more touches as full time tail back and we want to get him more. He’s been a great leader in times of adversity and has been a weapon, running, pass catching, and kicking for us.”
W-P hosts Tri-Cities Prep Friday in the finale of the SE2B regular season. A win by W-P clinches no worse than the No. 2 seed to the crossover state qualifier with District 7 the following week.
Waitsburg-Prescott 26, Asotin 14
W-P 6 6 14 0 — 26
Asotin 0 7 0 7 — 14
W-P — Estes 46 run (run failed).
W-P — Eastman 6 run (pass failed).
Aso — Davidson 36 run (Krull kick).
W-P — Estes 51 run (Estes kick).
W-P — Leroue 45 pass from Estes (Estes kick).
Aso — Keener 10 pass from Loseth (Krull kick).
First downs 11 8
Rushes/yards 37-228 37-137
Passing yards 145 76
Passes (att-comp-int) 21-11-2 21-4-2
Punts 5-27.4 5-25.2
Fumbles-lost 1-1 2-0
Penalties-yards 5-55 3-25
RUSHING — W-P: Estes 25-244-2, Eastman 10-(-1)-1, Tompkins 1-1, Stansell 1-(-2), Team 1-(-14); Asotin: Davidson 14-70, Schaefer 12-35, Loseth 5-11, Krull 3-3, Landrus 2-26, Keener 1-4, Loop 1-0, Team 1-(-14).
PASSING — W-P: Eastman 10-20-2, 100 yards, Estes 1-1-0, 45 yards, 1 TD; Asotin: Loseth 4-20-2, 76 yards, 1 TD.
RECEIVING — W-P: Leroue 4-73-1, Ebong 4-41, Estes 2-25, Stevens 1-6; Asotin: Martinez 1-37, Krull 1-23, Landrus 1-6, Keener 1-10-1.