ATHENA — Weston-McEwen’s Tyler Peterson led the team with three rushing touchdowns and 298 yards rushing on 37 carries, and Jacob Ramirez added two quarterback sneaks for scores along with a 42-yard throwing touchdown to Calvin Thacker, as the TigerScots enjoyed a 42-21 drubbing of the previously unbeaten Stanfield Tigers here Friday.
“Tyler (Peterson) battles and battles out there, as does all of the team on both offense and defense,” W-M coach Kenzie Hansell said. “Peterson is a kid who loves to run the ball and we love giving it to him.
“Overall, this game is a team win,” he said. “This is the part of the season that we are all starting to peak at the right time, we feel. We are all really starting to get there.”
W-M couldn’t have started out much better than the first few plays of the game.
The first play from scrimmage resulted in a 49-yard touchdown run for Peterson and W-M was up 6-0 with 11:40 remaining in the first quarter.
A squib kick by K.J. White was recovered by the TigerScots’ Erick Washburn.
The TigerScot drive stalled on a critical 4th-and-17, but Peterson converted a 31-yard first-down run and that led to an eventual one-yard quarterback sneak by Ramirez to put the lead at 12-0.
Stanfield then scored 21 unanswered points in the next 10:13 of game clock. En route to 156 yards on the ground on 22 carries, Stanfield’s Bryce Linker scored the Tigers’ first touchdown at the six-minute mark of the first quarter.
Corey Baros added a six-yard touchdown run next, and the Vladimir Caldera extra point kick had the Tigers up 14-12 with three minutes remaining in the first quarter.
At the start of the second quarter, Tigers’ quarterback Devin Haefer hooked up with Caldera for a 24-yard touchdown toss to put the visitors up 21-12.
“You never want a team to score 21 straight points on you,” Hansell said. “We made some adjustments in the coaching staff and it worked out. Give it to our seniors, it was their homecoming night and they all fought hard; they earned this win.”
W-M swung the momentum back in its favor with a touchdown before half, to make the score 21-20 Tigers going into the intermission. The scoring play was on a Peterson 26-yard jaunt, capping a 64-yard drive.
The other highlight of the drive before half was a 24-yard pass from Ramirez to Calvin Thacker.
Safety Cedric Hall picked off a Tigers’ pass from Haefer at his own 30-yard line with 1:46 remaining. The TigerScots returned the favor quickly with an interception by Haefer from his safety position just two plays later.
Stanfield looked poised to score again before half, but Baros fumbled at the TigerScots 15-yard line with 40 seconds remaining in the half. W-M lineman Michael Guerrero recovered the fumble.
The TigerScots kicked off to start the second half, and on the second play from the line of scrimmage for Stanfield, W-M nose tackle Nick Pease stripped Tigers’ running back Bryce Linker and held onto the ball to give it back to his team.
“That strip of Tigers’ running back (Linker) by Pease was a huge momentum swing in our favor to start the second half,” Hansell said.
After the big defensive play, the TigerScots scored on the next drive. A two-play, 40-yard drive was capped by a Ramirez touchdown sneak. Peterson ran the other play in the drive, a 39-yard scamper up the middle to put it at first and goal at the 1-yard line.
W-M scored two more touchdowns before the end of the game and the TigerScot defense stiffened to hold the Tigers scoreless in the second half.
Peterson scored the team’s fifth touchdown for the TigerScots on a 14-yard run with 6:20 remaining in the third quarter. The score was followed by a Tigers turnover on downs at the W-M 3-yard line.
Next W-M’s offensive drive stalled and the TigerScots punted back to the Tigers. Stanfield moved the ball into field goal range, just to miss a 32-yarder.
Peterson carried the ball seven consecutive times on the next TigerScot drive and garnered 38 yards before the passing game opened up. Ramirez hit Thacker on the left sideline 15 yards downfield and Thacker made his man miss. Thacker was then off to the races for the 42-yard score.
After another Tigers’ turnover on downs, this time at midfield, W-M ran the ball several times to drain the clock and finished the game with kneel downs.
The win improves W-M to 3-2 in Blue Mountain Conference play and 3-4 overall.
Weston-McEwen 42, Stanfield 21
Stanfield 14 7 0 0 — 21
Weston-McEwen 12 8 15 7 — 42
W-M — Peterson 49 run (run failed).
W-M — Ramirez 1 run (run failed).
Stan — Linker 1 run (Caldera kick).
Stan — Baros 6 run (Caldera kick).
Stan — Caldera 24 pass from Haefer (Caldera kick).
W-M — Peterson 26 run (Peterson run).
W-M — Ramirez 1 run (Peterson run).
W-M — Peterson 14 run (White kick).
W-M — Thacker 42 pass from Ramirez (White kick).
First downs 19 20
Rushes/yards 40-256 45-299
Passing yards 33 66
Passes (att-com-int) 3-7-1 2-5-1
Punts 2-40 4-102
Fumbles-lost 3-1 2-0
Penalties-yards 4-20 0-0
RUSHING — Stan: Linker 22-156-1, Baros 7-34-1, Mendiola 3-31, Ibarra 4-32, Haefer 2-5, Team loss 1-(-2); W-M: Peterson 37-298-3, Ramirez 8-5-2, Bennett 6-14, Team loss 5-(-18).
PASSING — Stan: Haefer 3-7, 33 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception; W-M: Ramirez 2-5, 66 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception.
RECEIVING — Stan: Caldera 1-24-1, Linker 2-9; W-M: Thacker 2-66-1.