ATHENA – Waitsburg-Prescott’s Sterling Eastman threw for 276 yards and two touchdowns in a 39-13 drubbing of Weston-McEwen Thursday night in crossborder football.
W-P’s Billy Brown added two rushing touchdowns in the second half to fuel the rally that brought his team back to win.
Weston-McEwen led 13-6 early in the second and 13-12 at the half, but Waitsburg-Prescott responded in the second half.
“Billy Brown came in that second half and played hard,” W-P coach Jeff Bartlow said. “He played hard and rugged. It was fantastic. We held him out in that first half.”
“They’re physical and I knew they would be,” Bartlow said of the TigerScots. “We took it to another level in that second half and they weren’t quite up for the task at that point.”
W-P jumped out to an early 6-0 advantage on an Eastman 70-yard touchdown bomb to Chance Leroue.
The TigerScots answered back with a 71-yard connection from Eric Washburn to Linton McAllister to tie the score at six apiece.
Tyler Peterson scampered 63 yards in the opening of the second quarter to take the ball deep into W-P territory. He finished the drive off two plays later with a 28-yard touchdown jaunt on the option pitch play.
K.J. White hit the extra point to give Weston-McEwen a 13-6 lead.
W-P fought back before half with a 79-yard touchdown drive, including a 50-yard gain on an Eastman pass to Dalton Estes down the right sideline.
“Scoring right before halftime was huge because we were struggling,” Bartlow said. “We were having trouble with our quarterback and his pass protection.”
Neither team had great pass protection.
The TigerScots took down Eastman seven times and W-P brought quarterback Eric Washburn down six times.
W-P came out of halftime and scored 27 unanswered points to take home a convincing victory.
“Give it to their coaching staff,” W-M coach Kenzie Hansell said. “They made some adjustments at halftime to pick our blitz and to play better defense. We just can’t give up all the big plays on third down and long.”
Brown had 68 yards rushing in the second half including touchdowns runs of 28 and 10 yards. Eastman snuck in for a 5-yard score and threw a 55-yard touchdown to Leroue.
The touchdown pass to Leroue was the second huge gain for a touchdown in the game for W-P.
“No one wants to start the season 0-2,” Hansell said. “But at the same time we’re getting better as a football team and that is the most important thing. We start league next week and the preseason schedule is there for a reason. It was there to challenge us and make us improve for league play. We truly have got better the last two games.”
Weston-McEwen hosts Enterprise next Friday at 7 p.m. in its Blue Mountain Conference opener.
Waitsburg-Prescott (2-0) opens Southeast 2B play at Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia next week in Oakesdale at 7 p.m.
Waitsburg-Prescott 39, Weston-McEwen 13
W-P 6 6 13 14 - 39
W-M 6 7 0 0 - 13
W-P — Leroue 70 pass from Eastman (kick failed).
W-M — McAllister 71 pass from Washburn (kick failed).
W-M — Peterson 28 run (White kick good).
W-P — Stangell 1 run (run failed).
W-P — Leroue from 55 from Eastman (run failed).
W-P — Brown 24 run (Estes kick).
W-P — Brown 10 run (Estes kick).
W-P — Eastman 5 run (Estes kick).
First downs 17 17
Rushes/yards 15-45 43-174
Passing yards 276 100
Passes (att-com-int) 10-16-0 6-15-1
Punts 3-114 4-130
Fumbles-lost 1-1 3-1
RUSHING — W-P: Eastman 6-21, Stansell 3-(-9), Estes 3-19, Brown 7-68. W-M: Ramirez 9-49, Peterson 12-141, Washbrun 12-66, Chapman 2-(-16).
PASSING — W-P: Eastman 10-16, 276 yards, 2 touchdowns. W-M: Washburn, 6-15, 100 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception.
RECEIVING — W-P: Leroue 3-152-2, Stevens 1-8, Stansell 1-1, Estes 3-92. W-M: McAllister 2-80-1, Thacker 2-8, Peterson 2-8.