ATHENA — The Weston-McEwen TigerScots football team battled from start to finish with the Enterprise Outlaws here Friday night.
Much to their dismay, they came up on the losing end of a Blue Moutain Conference game, 20-13.
“We’re getting better and moving in the right direction,” W-M coach Kenzie Hansell said. “But this one hurts, losing at home and in the first league game of the season.”
The TigerScots fell into a 20-7 hole on the first play of the second half, a 60-yard Outlaw touchdown run by Cody Duquette. W-M scratched and clawed its way back into the game pulling to 20-13, as the TigerScots answered back on a 12-play, 60-yard touchdown scoring drive. Tyler Peterson punched in the score from a yard out and carried the ball 10 times in the sequence.
The TigerScots got the ball on their own 26-yard line after an Outlaw turnover on downs with just 2:51 left on the clock.
Using the two-minute no-huddle offense, W-M marched to the Outlaw 6-yard line before the drive stalled. The TigerScots turned the ball over on downs with 20.6 seconds left and
Enterprise’s offense kneeled down in the final possession of the game.
W-M had scored with six minutes left in the second quarter on a Peterson 45-yard touchdown gallop. Peterson got good blocking while breaking several tackles and juked himself out of the reach of several defenders as the 13-0 Outlaw lead was clipped to 13-7 at the half.
Enterprise’s intial lead was built on defense and the big play. The Outlaws’ Jordan Wulff-Castilleja hopped in front of a W-M screen pass and returned an interception 43 yards for the first score of the game.
The Outlaws connected on a pass from Wulff-Castilleja to Blue Risseeuw for 71 yards to make it 13-0 early in the second quarter. That was the lead that W-M just couldn’t ever fully recover from.
The TigerScots had trouble holding onto the football on offense and giving up the big play on defense.
W-M fumbled six times, recovering it five times and losing valuable yardage on the recoveries.
The TigerScots’ front line and linebacking crew made 17 stops in the backfield.
In the game, the Outlaws only chalked up 57 yards rushing and 92 yards passing.
“Our defense played well,” Hansell said. “They flew around, they wrapped up and tackled. They played with a lot of energy. They created a lot of havoc in the backfield.”
But all three of the Enterprise touchdowns were long – 43 yards, 60 yards and 81 yards – and were just temporary lapses in the W-M defense or offense.
The W-M offense was impressive especially on the ground. Peterson alone went off for 30 rushes and 178 yards to go with two touchdowns for the TigerScots.
“The offensive line played well and opened some holes,” Hansell said. “I was proud of how well our line blocked for most of the game. Our wideouts and other backs blocked well, too.”
The passing game worked to help try to keep Enterprise’s defense honest. First-year starting quarterback Erick Washburn threw for 82 yards and his leading receiver was Zane Chapman. He caught two balls for 54 yards.
The TigerScots (0-3 overall, 0-1 in league) play again Friday at Grant Union at 7 p.m.
Enterprise 20, Weston-McEwen 13
Enterprise 6 7 7 0 — 20
W-M 0 7 6 0 — 13
Enter — Wulff-Castilleja 43 interception return (kick failed).
Enter — Risseeuw 81 pass from Wulff-Castilleja (kick good).
W-M — Peterson 45 run (kick good).
Enter — Duquette 60 run (kick failed).
W-M — Peterson 1 run (kick failed).
First downs 12 18
Rushes/yards 28-57 34-150
Passing yards 97 82
Passes (att-com-int) 3-9-1 5-11-1
Punts 3-97 6-197
Fumbles-lost 5-0 6-1
Penalties-yards 2-20 3-15
RUSHING — Enter: Duquette 16-82, Wulff-Castilleja 4-5, Risseuw 2-1, Team 4-(-32); W-M: Peterson 30-178, Ramirez 8-24, Washburn 7-(-3), Thacker 1-(-5), Team Loss 4-(-26).
PASSING — Enter: Wulff-Castilleja 3-9-1, 97 yards, 1 touchdown; W-M: Washburn 5-11-1, 82 yards.
RECEIVING – Enter: Morehouse 1-6, Rissuew 2-91; W-M: McAllister 1-14, Chapman 2-54, Peterson 1-14, Ramirez 1-2.