PASCO — Adna’s wishbone offense left the Waitsburg-Prescott defense scrambling Saturday at Edgar Brown Memorial Stadium, as the Pirates rolled to a 33-17 victory in the first round of the Class 2B state playoffs.
Adna racked up a whopping 367 yards on the ground, as the Pirates’ versatile ground game attacked from all over the field.
“It’s just so important to keep that contain to keep them from going to the outside because there’s nobody out there,” senior lineman Dalton LaRue said. “When you’ve got so many guys in the box and there’s no safeties, they get through the front line and they’re gone.”
Adna connected on four touchdowns from more than 50 yards out, as running back Mike Thompson finished the game with 241 rushing yards on 17 carries.
Thompson put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter, as he took a handoff up the middle for 55 yards and a score. Facing a 33-10 deficit, W-P responded with a Chance Leroue score, but the lead was too much to overcome.
“It just broke your back,” W-P head coach Jeff Bartlow said of Adna’s big plays. “We were actually making a few plays ourselves.”
Bartlow said his team came out flat at the beginning of the game.
The Pirates took advantage, opening up a 19-0 lead after the first frame.
Trevor Moon put the Pirates on the board on their first possession, as he caught a screen pass on third down and turned up field for 61 yards and the score.
Thompson made it a two-score lead on Adna’s next possession, as he reeled off a 65-yard touchdown run on a pitch to the right side. The Pirates extended their lead to 19, as lineman Luke Mattoon recovered an Adna fumble in the end zone.
“We started slow at times this year and this was another game where we started slow,” Bartlow said. “That’s on me. We’ve got to get to a point where we’re coming out starting on fire.”
The W-P defense responded in the second and third quarters, as it held the Pirates scoreless.
But the offense had trouble converting from Pirate territory. On its first drive of the second half, W-P drove the ball to the Adna 14-yard line, but Cole Young intercepted an Owen Lanning pass to halt the W-P drive.
“I thought, ‘We score here, we’re down eight and we’re back on the field and we’re fine,’” Bartlow said. “It wasn’t meant to be that way because we throw the pick. We weren’t as good tonight as we needed to be. They were the best team tonight.”
Lanning went down later in the game with a knee injury. In relief duties, freshman Jacob Dunn found Leroue twice for touchdowns of 23 yards and 28 yards.
With the loss, W-P finishes its season with a 7-3 record. Waitsburg-Prescott will lose five seniors to graduation: LaRue, Nick Pearson, Chad Pearson, Nate Bartlow and Trenton Kitselman.
Bartlow heaped praise onto his five seniors for their effort throughout the season.
“They’re going to hate to see it end but it’s not the end of the world,” Bartlow said. They may think it is, but the sun is coming up and we’ll meet on Monday and start getting ready for the next year.”
Adna 33, Waitsburg-Prescott 17
Adna 19 0 0 14 — 33
W-P 0 3 0 14 — 17
Adna — Moon 61 pass from Young (XP no good)
Adna — Thompson 65 run (Hampton XP good)
Adna — Mattoon fumble recovery in end zone (2-pt run no good)
W-P — Benito 41-yard field goal
Adna — Ingle 50 run (Hampton XP good)
W-P — Leroue 23 pass from Dunn (Benito XP good)
Adna — Thompson 55 run (Hampton XP good)
W-P — Leroue 28 pass from Dunn (Benito XP good)
First Downs 11 13
Rushes-Yards 38-367 34-101
Passing Yards 61 196
Passes (Att-Comp-Int) 2-1-0 26-16-1
Punts 4-108 4-162
Fumbles-Lost 2-0 6-1
Penalties-Yards 8-68 3-30
RUSHING — Adna: Thompson 17-241-2. Morrison 8-59. Ingle 8-85-1. Team 5-(-18); W-P: Leroue 15-72. Lanning 13-28. Sessay 2-8. Team 5-(-7)
PASSING — Adna: Young 2-1 61 yards 1 TD; Lanning 19-9-1 39 yards. Leroue 1-1 54 yards. Dunn 6-6 103 yards 2 TDs.
RECEIVING — Moon 1-61-1; Sessary 1-4. Larsen 2-2. Leroue 3-61-2. Alexenko 5-93. Acevedo 4-30. Carter 1-6.