ATHENA — The Weston-McEwen TigerScot football team has now clawed its way back to a .500 record on the season at 3-3 — and most importantly, a 3-1 Blue Mountain Conference record.
The TigerScots fought their way back to the .500 mark with a 39-14 trouncing of the Union Bobcats here Friday night.
“At this point in the season, we are in a good position” W-M coach Kenzie Hansell said. “We are 3-1 in league. It was another great crowd to support us and now we will travel for games at Stanfield and Irrigon – before at home against Heppner.”
The W-M defense, as it has been so many times in wins this year, was formidable against its opponents.
The TigerScot “D” had nine tackles for losses and allowed just 74 yards of Bobcat offense in the 48 minutes of game clock.
“Our defense played outstanding,” Hansell said. “It was flying around communicating — believing in each other and, most importantly, just having fun.”
That is what it is all about sometimes — having fun — and is surely what the TigerScot defense did Friday night in starting out the scoring with two safeties in the first quarter.
In fourth-down-and-punt situations, the Bobcat offense lined up to punt, but both times they snapped it over kicker J.D. Graves’ head into the end zone.
The first safety went out the back of the end zone and the second was fallen on by Graves – only to be surrounded by a plethora of TigerScots before he could move the ball out, and it was 4-0 W-M with 7:58 left on the first-quarter scoreboard.
Next, special teams helped out for the TigerScots with a fake punt on fourth down. Kicker Linton McAllister took the snap and raced around the left side, breaking a couple of tackles, to score a touchdown of 54 yards.
The score was 11-0 after the Bobby McAllister extra-point kick with 4:09 in the first.
Then, W-M quarterback Erick Washburn took over and tossed three touchdowns for the TigerScots before the end of the first half to make it 32-0 at the intermission.
Washburn completed a 53-yard drive with a screen pass to fullback T.J. Simpson for seven yards to pay dirt.
Running back Ethan Reger had a 32-yard first-down jaunt to key that drive before the touchdown.
Second, Washburn completed a 64-yard touchdown pass to wideout Lance Thacker, with about half of it in the air and the rest carrying the rock to the end zone.
Third, Washburn hooked up with Linton McAllister on a 34-yard touchdown bomb.
Washburn finished the game with 9-for-11 passing with 174 yards.
Hansell deflected praise for Washburn in the post game interview and said this about his quarterback.
“He (Washburn) would say it, too – if it wasn’t for his offensive lineman blocking, then he wouldn’t have had the time to throw and if the receivers didn’t catch the ball, he wouldn’t have had the completions,” Hansell said.
“As a unit, the offense is starting to communicate better, understanding each other and picking each other up on blocking schemes,” he said.
Weston-McEwen 39, Union 14
Union 0 0 7 7 — 14
W-M 18 14 7 0 — 39
W-M — Safety.
W-M — Safety.
W-M — L. McAllister 54 fake punt run play (B. McAllister kick).
W-M — Simpson 7 pass from Washburn (B. McAllister kick).
W-M — Thacker 64 pass from Washburn (B. McAllister kick).
W-M — L. McAllister 34 pass from Washburn (B. McAllister kick).
W-M — B. McAllister 7 run (B.McAllister kick).
Union — Scantling 71 run (Alexander kick).
Union — W-M punt blocked #55 28 run (Alexander kick).
First downs 13 5
Rushes/yards 34-234 32-62
Passing yards 174 12
Passes (att-com-int) 9-11-0 1-5-0
Punts 0 5-177
Fumbles-lost 4-3 3-1
Penalties-yards 7-60 4-26
RUSHING – W-M: Reger 8-94, Washburn 6-18, B. McAllister 8-28-1, L. McAllister 1-54-1, Betts 4-8, Simpson 5-29, Dearing 1-0, Osborne 1-3. Union: Coon 18-37, Ross 2-13, Clark 4-2, Scantling 9-10.
PASSING – W-M: Washburn 9-11, 174 yards, 3 touchdowns. Union: Clark 1-3, 12 yards; Coon 0-2, 0 yards.
RECEIVING – W-M: Thacker 2-108-1, L. McAllister 2-32-1, Youncs 2-14, Simpson 2-20-1, Hall 1-0. Union: Scantling 1-12.