ATHENA — The Weston-McEwen TigerScots soared to a 47-0 halftime lead against the Irrigon Knights on the strength of seven touchdowns and five extra point kicks.
They then cruised to a 47-26 victory.
In the first half, the TigerScots had three rushing touchdowns from running back Tyler Peterson and W-M quarterbacks Jacob Ramirez and Erick Washburn added two TDs apiece for the 47-0 lead at break.
Ramirez ran for two scores and Washburn scored his first touchdown on an interception return for a touchdown and rushed for another as the backup quarterback.
TigerScots’ kicker K.J. White added 5-of-7 extra points and defensive back Calvin Thacker helped out with two interceptions in the romp.
“The line played great. Everybody played great,” W-M coach Kenzie Hansell said. “We had a good week of practice. The kids came out and we were clicking on all cylinders. For a last regular-season home game for these seniors, that is most important.
“At this point in the season, we expect to be playing well and clicking on all cylinders,” he said. “The running game is going well and we threw the ball a little bit tonight. Other than that, it is another great win for the program.”
The touchdowns for Peterson were from six, two and 15 yards out.
Ramirez scored a two-yarder and a run from 35 yards away.
Washburn rushed for his in the red zone from the 8-yard line.
Washburn returned his interception 50 yards for the score, while defensive back Joe Baumann added another TigerScot interception in the first half.
On the 45-point rule, with a running clock after the first-half lead, the Knights were able to score 26 points against mostly W-M’s second-team for the final score.
Peterson finished with 194 yards rushing and Ramirez added 92 yards.
Scoring twice for the Knights was Andy Aguilera as he garnered 74 yards on the ground.
Also highlighting the game for Irrigon was Ryan Reynolds. He scored on a 55-yard interception return for his team in the second half.
Before this week’s games, the TigerScots sat in fifth place in the Blue Mountain Conference, with four teams making the playoffs. W-M has one game remaining against Heppner and controls its playoff destiny.
“One thing about the playoff scenario that I can say is that we control our own destiny,” Hansell said. “If we beat Heppner next game, we’re in the playoffs. We’re excited about that opportunity next week.”
“We’ll just keep preparing every week. I’m really proud of all the kids on the squad,” he said. “All of them! We were 0-4 and we’ve pushed it back to 4-4. We have one game left and we’re going to Heppner. They have a great program and great tradition. We look forward to going down there next Friday and seeing what we can do.”
Weston McEwen 47, Irrigon 26
Irrigon 0 0 14 12 — 26
W-M 20 27 0 0 — 47
W-M — Peterson 6 run (White kick).
W-M — Peterson 2 run (White kick).
W-M — Ramirez 22 run (kick failed).
W-M — Peterson 15 run (White kick).
W-M — Washburn 50 interception return (White kick).
W-M — Ramirez 34 run (White kick).
W-M — Washburn 8 run (kick failed).
Irr — Reynolds 55 interception return (Vera from Nunez pass).
Irr — Aguilera 17 run (pass failed).
Irr —Nunez 3 run (pass failed).
Irr — Aguilera 27 run (time expired).
First downs 13 23
Rushes-yards 16-82 48-300
Passing yards 48 14
Passes(att-com-int) 10-4-4 4-1-1
Punts 1-24 2-32
Fumbles-lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties-yards 0-0 2-15
RUSHING — Irr: Aguilera 7-74-2, Vera 2-(-5), Nunez 3-33, Team loss 4 - (-20); W-M: Ramirez 5-92-2, Peterson 18-194-3, Youncs 1- (-6), Bennett 2-12, Washburn 5-23-1, Gilsdorf 4-9, Betts 8-(-1), Team loss 5-(-11).
PASSING — Irr: Nunez 4-10, 48 yards, 4 interceptions; Ramirez 2-2, 14 yard, Washburn 0-2, 1 interception.
RECEIVING — Irr: Aguilera 2-23, Vera 3-25; W-M: Chapman 1-16, Peterson 1-(-2).