TigerScots' turnovers prove costly

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ASTORIA, Ore. — Turnovers proved to be Weston-McEwen’s downfall in a 42-7 loss to Knappa Saturday in the state playoffs.

Erick Washburn threw for 194 yards, including a 75-yard bomb in the third quarter for W-M’s only score, and rushed for 58. Washburn’s pass to Lance Thacker pulled the TigerScots to within a single score, 14-7, but five turnovers — two picks and three fumbles — torpedoed W-M’s hopes for a rally.

Weston-McEwen finishes the season at 5-5 overall and 5-2 in Blue Mountain Conference play after being eliminated with the first-round loss.

“Give Knappa credit,” W-M coach Kenzie Hansell said. “They made the right plays here and there. They didn’t have many turnovers. We were able to move the ball over 300 yards. We just lost the turnover battle.”

The Loggers turned the ball over just once in the game, a Cedric Hall interception in the end zone before the half.

The TigerScots are losing six seniors to graduation.

“I thank the seniors for their leadership throughout the season,” Hansell said. “I’m proud of this team. It was nice to see the support of the community all season long.”

Knappa 42, Weston-McEwen 7

W-M 0 0 7 0 — 7

Knappa 0 14 14 14 — 42

W-M Individual Statistics

RUSHING — B. McAllister 9-20, Simpson 4-6, Betts 2-5, Cain 3-7, L. Thacker 1-10, Washburn 8-58, Team Loss 7-(-46).

PASSING — Washburn 7-13, 194 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions.

RECEIVING — L. McAllister 3-97, L. Thacker 2-81, Simpson 1-7, Hall 1-9.

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