ATHENA — A decisive second quarter of 31 unanswered points by the Nyssa Bulldogs wiped out the Weston-McEwen TigerScots here Friday evening, as the Bulldogs won the season-opening game, 51-0.
Nyssa opened the game with a first-possession scoring drive highlighted by a 46-yard pass from Bulldog quarterback Austin Wagstaff to Jon Bates, and that 6-0 lead held up until the second stanza.
The scoring rampage was started by 55-yard drive that finished with a 13-yard screen pass touchdown from Wagstaff to Dalton Conant.
A high snap over the head of starting W-M quarterback Erick Washburn was then scooped up by Nyssa’s Ben Guerrero, who rumbled into the end zone from 17 yards away.
Another Bulldogs scoring drive of 65 yards was capped by a Wagstaff strike of 30 yards to Bates for six more points, and, along with a missed extra point and two 2-point conversions for the Bulldogs, it was 22-0 three minutes into the second quarter.
But Nyssa wasn’t done in the second quarter. With less than a minute before halftime, Austin Castro punched in a touchdown from four yards away and converted the 2-point try himself to cap the scoring onslaught, and it was 37-0 Bulldogs at halftime.
“All respect and all credit goes to them and their coaching staff tonight, “ Weston-McEwen coach Kenzie Hansell said. “(They’re) well coached and the players did very well tonight.
“There are things that we definitely need to work on and we will,” he said. “And we just need to get better in all aspects of everything we do.
“They’re solid, they’re a good football team,” Hansell said of Nyssa. “They played well and deserved to win.”
Nyssa’s quarterback, Wagstaff, was a nearly perfect 9-for-10 for 158 yards passing and four touchdowns through the air.
The starting running back for the Bulldogs, Castro, amassed 111 yards on the ground.
‘We were aggressive coming up and tackling,” Hansell said. “We do need to tackle a little lower.
“And give it to Nyssa defensivel, they did different fronts and blitzed,” he said. “They did a real good job defensively.”
As a team, the TigerScots put together just three first downs and 45 yards of total offense to go with three fumbles lost.
W-M QB Washburn left the game with an apparent ankle injury in the middle of the second quarter and his replacements weren’t able to complete a pass and threw two interceptions.
The TigerScots have a bye week before playing at Waitsburg-Prescott the following week.
“Waitsburg-Prescott is always tough,” Hansell said. “Coach (Jeff) Bartlow has a great tradition going over there and they’re always tough. I have a lot of respect for his staff and the teams that he has coached.
“We have two weeks to break down film and correct things,” he said. “We will look forward to playing in Waitsburg in two weeks.”
Nyssa 51, Weston-McEwen 0
Nyssa 6 31 8 6 — 51
W-M 0 0 0 0 — 0
Nyssa — Bates 46 pass from Wagstaff (Heredia kick failed).
Nyssa — Conant 13 pass from Wagstaff (Bates pass from Wagstaff).
Nyssa — Guerrero 18 fumble return (Conant pass from Wagstaff).
Nyssa — Conant 30 pass from Wagstaff (Heredia kick).
Nyssa — Castro 4 run (Castro run).
Nyssa — McCune 5 run (Heredia kick failed).
Nyssa — Heredia 25 FG missed
First down 11 3
Rushes/yards 27-191 16-31
Passing yards 158 13
Punts 2-37 3-103
Fumbles-lost 1-0 5-3
Penalties-yards 11-118 3-25
RUSHING — Nyssa: Castro 11-111, Wagstaff 3-14, Bates 1-21, Clark 1-5, Bucholz 2-4, Simpson 2-11, McCune 5-33, Cleaver 2-7; W-M: B. McAllister 7-(-9), L. McAllister 3-18, Thacker 2-(-3), Washburn 2-9, Reger 2-16.
PASSING — Nyssa: Wagstaff 9-10, 158 yards, 4 touchdowns. Bates 0-2; W-M: Washburn 2-5, 13 yards. L. McAllister 0-2, 1 INT. Patrick 0-1, int.
RECEIVING — Bates 2-56-1, Clark 2-32-1, Conant 4-62-2, Bucholz 1-8, Heredia 1-0; W-M: Thacker 2-13.